Emmett Ashford’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

November 23, 1914

Death Date

Mar 1, 1980

Age of Death

65 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

Marina del Rey, California, United States



The umpire Emmett Ashford died at the age of 65. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

First African-American umpire in Major League Baseball.

He sold magazines and worked as a cashier to get by in his youth.

He liked to wear flashy jewelry and fine clothes when off the baseball field, which many thought was inappropriate for an umpire.

Got married to his sweetheart, Virginia.

He was inspired to become the first black umpire by a radio announcement that Jackie Robinson had become the first black pro baseball player.