researching black armbands worn by umpires in the 1980's has proven to be a bit difficult (i'm going to post something soon that is my best shot at figuring things out), but when the men in blue wear a specific patch, it makes things easier. such was the case in 1989, when american league umpires wore a patch with the number 2 on their left sleeves in honor of nick bremigan. here's the patch on jim mckean's 1990 t&m umpires card
bremigan died from a heart attack suffered during spring training - he had worked a game in palm springs the day before he passed. he was just 43 years old.