They say baseball is a funny game. No, really, it’s a funny game full of funny characters.
In the 1980s, one of the best chroniclers of those characters was former Major League umpire Ron Luciano.
Luciano umpired in the American League from 1969 to 1979. And along the way, he collected hundreds of stories about some of the most colorful characters in Major League Baseball, past and present.
I met Ron Luciano in 1989, as we talked about his book Remembrance of Swings Past.
So here now, from 1989, Ron Luciano.
Ron Luciano died in 1995. He was 57 years old.