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20 Jul 1931 1
Death:
18 Nov 1987 1
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Full Name:
Richard J Stello 1
Birth:
20 Jul 1931 1
Death:
Cause: Car Accident 2
Death:
18 Nov 1987 1
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Burial Place: Chapel Hill Memorial Park Largo Florida 2
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Social Security Number: ***-**-2039 1

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Dick Stello

One of the last men in blue to wear a jacket-and-tie to the ballpark every day, Stello survived a Dickensian upbringing to become one of the most popular National League umpires of the 1960s and 70s. He lived in an orphanage until he was 12 years old, then was dispatched to the care of foster parents, a kindly French couple who lived on a farm in rural Massachusetts. A loner who had difficulty making long-term connections with other people, he initially gravitated toward a career in show business, working as a nightclub comic in the 1950s before strapping on the chest protector. Apparently the allure of burlesque entertainment never quite left him. In 1974, Stello married Liliana Wilczkowska, a Polish stripper better known by her stage name "Chesty Morgan"? and celebrated worldwide for her 73FF breasts. ("She defies medical science!"? boasted one nightclub promoter.)

Stello became Chesty's manager, although he soon grew weary of the attention it brought him. Sportswriters joked that the ump would have no trouble calling chest-high strikes now that he was married to a stripper. Their union ended in divorce in 1979. Stello's life ended just eight years later in a gruesome auto accident in Lakeland, Florida




Italian American Umpire; Dick Stello

 

 

  Richard Jack Stellowas born on July 20, 1934 in Massachusetts. He was raised in an orphanage & then on a New England farm, with afmily whom beacme his own. He later attended Merimack college, and began his career as a stand up night club comic. He went into the Air Force and was stationed in Toyko, Japan in the 1950’s. It was there he became interested in umpiring & enrolled in George Barr umpire school. In the early to mid sixties he umped in the Florida State League, Texas League & then the International League. He was promoted to the National League in 1968, the Year of the Pitcher.

Stello was the second base umpire when Lou Brock broke Maury Wills single season stolen base record in 1974. He got to Umpire the classic 1975 World Series between the Red Sox & the Reds, taking the home plate duties for Game #4 in Cincinnati. In 1981 he umpired his next World Series, and was behind the plate for Game #6 as the Dodgers beat the A.L. New York team. Stello also worked two All Star Games his first in 1977 &his second as the first base umpire in the 1987 All Star game.
In 1974 Dick Stello married the Polish American actress Chesty Morgan, who became known as Lillian Stello. She got her name from her tremendous 70” all natural breasts, that at one time were in the Guinness Book of Worlds Records, as being the largest on record for any film star. She began her career as a burlesque queen and then a B movie actress starring in sexploitation films in the early seventies. The two eventually divorced.   Passing: In 1988 Stello was talking with a friend, in between two parked cars on State Road 33, just North of Lakeland, Florida. Another car struck the vehicles in the rear and Stello was crushed & killed instantly. He was only 53 years old & at the time, still an active umpire

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