Edward Lawrence Sudol
(Polish, Big Ed)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 210 lb.
- School Fairleigh Dickinson University at Rutherford
- High School Passaic High School
- Born September 13, 1920 in Passaic, NJ USA
- Died December 10, 2004 in Daytona Beach, FL USA
First Baseman Ed Sudol played in the minors from 1940 to mid-1953, bouncing from farm system to farm system, missing 1944 and most of 1943 for military service. In 1946 for the class B Allentown Cardinals, Sudol hit .343, 28, 132 with 30 2B and 13 3B and a slugged .613. He also led the league with 28 errors at 1B. Splitting 1947 between the Stamford Bombers and the Poughkeepsie Giants of the class B Colonial League, Sudol again reached double digits in 2B, 3B, and HR with 19, 10, and 12 respectively. From 1948 to 1951 Sudol was in the Cotton States League. He hit .307 his first year and had maybe his best overall year in 1949. That year he hit .301 with 30 2B and a league leading 106 runs. He also led the league's first basemen with 1171 PO and a .982 fielding percentage. His average dropped to .266 in 1950, but he again led the league with a .988 fielding percentage.
After playing part of 1953, Sudol retired and began umpiring in the Tri-State League for the rest of the year and all of 1954. He the umpired in the International League from 1955 to June, 1957. Sudol was a National League umpire from June, 1957 to 1977. He worked a total of 3,245 games. He also umpired three National League Championship Series, three World Series and three All-Star Games.