A little bit of backstory: in 1979 major league baseball umpires went on strike. MLB hired substitutes — scabs, as m,any call them — and veteran minor league umpire Dave Pallone was offered a big-league job.
He remained in the National League for ten years.
But as he told in his 1990 book “Behind the Mask,” his fellow umpires disliked him. And he developed a reputation for being quick-tempered.
In April 1988, Pallone had a very high-profile confrontation with someone else who had a reputation for his temper: Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose. During an argument over a controversial call, Rose shoved Pallone — a very serious offense in baseball — and was suspended for 30 days.
Dave Pallone was forced to resign from baseball in September 1988.
I met him two years later, when he published his book.
Here now, from 1990, Dave Pallone.
“Behind the Mask” was a New York Times best-seller
Dave Pallone is 68 now, and does diversity training for corporations, as well as NCAA colleges, universities and athletes.
And he’s in the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.