Rome Monument had the privilege of working with the Williams family on this memorial. Designed by Heath Peterson (lead designer at our Urbach Memorials location), Heath combined tiffany unpolished grey granite with polished black granite. The polished black granite allowed the family to laser etch the historic accomplishments of Charles "Charlie" Williams. The memorial is located in Homewood Cemetery Homewood Cemetery is located at 1599 S Dallas Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15217 and the phone number for the cemetery is (412) 421-1822
Charles, "Charlie" Herman Williams was a baseball umpire officiating in Major League Baseball from 1978 - 2001. Charlie's most accomplished moment occured in 1993 during game four of the World Series betweeen the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays, when he became the first African American Umpire behind the plate of a World Series game. In addition to the 1993 World Series, Charlie was a member of several postseason crews. He worked the 1989 National League Championship Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs, the 1999 National League Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros and the 1999 National League Championship Series betwwen the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets.
During his rookie season, on June 16, 1978, Charlie umpired third base for Tom Seaver's only no-hitter. In addition, Charlie was the first base umpire on June 3, 1995, when Pedro Martinez threw nine perfect innings before giving up a hit in the tenth inning. Charlie was also an umpire on September 28, 1988 when Orel Hershiser set the Major League record for consecutive scorless innings pitched. He also worked the All-Star games in both 1985 and 1995.
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