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10-26-2005, 01:51 PM
CHICAGO -- When veteran umpire Joe West set up behind home plate for Saturday's Game 1 of the World Series, his good friend Charlie Williams wasn't there with him but he was very close to West's heart.

The "CW" on his chest was all you needed to see to know that. Williams, who became the first black umpire to work behind home plate for a World Series game in 1993, died of complications from diabetes on Sept. 10 in Chicago, and West lost a friend he'd had before either one became a Major League umpire.