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Behind the Mask: My Double Life in Baseball

Pallone, Dave, with Steinberg, Alan

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ISBN 10: 0670833126 / ISBN 13: 9780670833122
Published by Viking, New York, 1990
Condition: Good Hardcover
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331 pages. Illus., small stains in lower margin p. 311 through rear board, ink name & date ins fr flyleaf. Signed by the author (Pallone). DJ in plastic sleeve, sticker residue on front DJ flap plastic sleeve and inside front flyleaf. Dave Pallone was a National League umpire, involved in a shoving incident with Pete Rose and released from baseball for "unprofessional behavior. " Pallone insists he was found guilty only of being gay. Bookseller Inventory # 51564

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Title: Behind the Mask: My Double Life in Baseball

Publisher: Viking, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition. First Printing.

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A gay umpire offers a candid inside view of professional baseball, discussing his career and relating anecdotes about incidents on and off the field

From Library Journal:

Pallone's "double life"--a gay working as an umpire in the macho world of professional baseball--led to his release in 1988 by the National League, which claimed he had exhibited "unprofessional behavior." Pallone talks honestly about his controversial career, including his confrontation with Pete Rose during a 1988 Mets game, which cost Rose a 30-day suspension and a $10,000 fine; unfortunately, it cost Pallone his job. Pallone provides interesting comments about calling the pitches of such great pitchers as Steve Carlton and Nolan Ryan and theories on different aspects of the game, as well as revealing anecdotes about his gay love life. The book captures Pallone's torment: he wanted to admit his homosexuality publicly, but feared the consequences because of baseball's ingrained homophobia. Recommended for public libraries.
- Ron Chepesiuk, Winthrop Coll., Rock Hill, S.C.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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