NBA Memorials: Remembering the life, death and legacy of Richie Phillips
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Richie Phillips, a hard-charging negotiator for NBA referees and Major League Baseball umpires, has died. He was 72.
Phillips' death was reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, which said he died Friday of cardiac arrest at his second home in Cape May, N.J. His death was confirmed by the D'Anjolell Memorial Home in Broomall, where a viewing is scheduled Thursday.
Phillips represented NBA referees in the 1970s and '80s and led MLB umps from 1978 until 1999, when a...