Former Major League Baseball umpire Jim McKean has died at the age of 73, the Tampa Bay Times first reported Thursday, citing McKean's family.

McKean, who was an umpire for nearly three decades, died unexpectedly in his sleep, McKean's family told the Times. McKean contracted a MRSA infection last November and had been hospitalized, the family told the Times.

"We thought he was out of the woods. We just think his ticker gave out in his sleep," McKean's son Jamie told the Times.

McKean, a longtime resident of St. Petersburg, Fla., umpired in three World Series - 1979, 1985, 1995 - and three All-Star games - 1980, 1982, 1993. He also umped in five American League Championship Series.

The Montreal native was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.

--Field Level Media

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