Joseph Henry West , nicknamed "Cowboy Joe" or "Country Joe", is an American former Major League Baseball umpire. Born in Asheville, North Carolina, he grew up in Greenville and played football at East Carolina University and Elon College. West entered the National League as an umpire in 1976; he joined the NL staff full-time in 1978. West wore uniform number 22 throughout his career. As a young umpire, West worked Nolan Ryan's fifth career no-hitter, was on the field for Willie McCovey's 500th home run, and was involved in a 1983 pushing incident with manager Joe Torre. On May 25, 2021, West broke Bill Klem's all-time record by umpiring his 5,376th game.
|Born: October 31, 1952|
Asheville, North Carolina
|September 14, 1976|
|October 6, 2021|
|Career highlights and awards|
Between 1992 and 2012, he was a Major League Baseball umpire who officiated in five World Series.
He was born and raised in the small city of Asheville, North Carolina.
Before beginning his umpiring career in 1976, he was a football player at East Carolina University.
He is known throughout the MLB as Cowboy Joe.
He was the umpire for Nolan Ryan 's fifth career no-hitter.
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● Joe West was born on October 31, 1952 (age 69) in Asheville, North Carolina, United States ● He is a celebrity umpire
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