Ump Frank Pulli, who used instant replay in 1999, dies at 78

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Longtime big league umpire Frank Pulli has died from complications of Parkinson's disease, reports the Associated Press. He was 78.

Pulli umpired the National League from 1972-99 and was one of 22 umpires to lose his job in a failed mass resignation. He worked as an MLB supervisor from 2000-07.

In 1999, Pulli checked replays on a television camera near the dugout to overturn his own home run call, instead giving Cliff Floyd a double. MLB later ruled Pulli used replay improperly.

Instant replay for home run calls was officially implemented in 2008. The league is hoping to expand the replay system via managers' challenges starting next year.

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