Bill Welke

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52 – Bill Welke
Welke in 2011
Born (1967-08-22) August 22, 1967 (age 54)
Coldwater, Michigan
MLB debut June 4, 1999
Umpiring crew
Crew members
Career highlights and awards

William Anthony "Bill" Welke (born August 22, 1967) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. He joined the major league staff in 1999 and wears uniform number 52.[1]


Welke is the brother of fellow umpire Tim Welke, and is an alumnus of Western Michigan University.[1] He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.[2]

Welke previously worked in the Appalachian League (1991), the Midwest League (1992), the Florida State League (1993–1994), the Southern League (1995), the Eastern League (1996), and the International League (1997–1998).[1]

Since joining the Major League umpiring staff in 1999, Welke has worked the Division Series in 2003, 2006, 2011, and 2015. He also worked in the 2014 National League Championship Series as well as the 2015 World Series. He was a part of the crew that worked in the 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.[3] On May 29, 2010, he officiated at third base when Roy Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in MLB history.[4]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Bill Welke – 52". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 29, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "WMU News". WMU. Retrieved June 22, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Bill Welke". Retrosheet. Retrieved August 29, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Halladay's perfect game is this season's second Retrieved May 29, 2012

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