For­mer um­pire Palermo dies at 67; shoot­ing ended ca­reer

Cape Breton Post - - In Memoriam -

For­mer big league um­pire Steve Palermo, whose ac­com­plished ca­reer ended when he was shot try­ing to break up a robbery in 1991, has died. He was 67.

Ma­jor League Base­ball an­nounced Sun­day that Palermo had died, with­out pro­vid­ing de­tails. Palermo, who lived in the Kansas City area, had been in poor health. Palermo broke into the ma­jors late in the 1976 sea­son and joined the Amer­i­can League staff the next year. He worked the 1983 World Se­ries, sev­eral play­off se­ries and the All-Star Game. He con­sis­tently drew praise from play­ers, man­agers and fel­low um­pires for his work. In July 1991, Palermo was hav­ing a late-night meal in Dal­las when two servers who just left were mugged. Palermo chased the at­tack­ers and was shot, leav­ing him par­a­lyzed from the waist down. Palermo even­tu­ally was able to walk, with the help of cane, and con­tin­ued his re­cov­ery.

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