Behind the Mask: My Double Life in Baseball

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BEHIND THE MASK My Double Life in Baseball. Eighteen years of controversy, hard work, triumphs and disappointments - Dave Pallone had a remarkable career as a National League Umpire. But all the while, he suffered a double life: hidden behind the faÃade he had built to protect himself, Dave Pallone was gay. And the revelation of his secret did what nearly two decades of facing down irate managers, abusive players and ostracism as a strike-breaking "scab" couldn't do - it destroyed his career in a few short ...

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Overview

BEHIND THE MASK My Double Life in Baseball. Eighteen years of controversy, hard work, triumphs and disappointments - Dave Pallone had a remarkable career as a National League Umpire. But all the while, he suffered a double life: hidden behind the faÃade he had built to protect himself, Dave Pallone was gay. And the revelation of his secret did what nearly two decades of facing down irate managers, abusive players and ostracism as a strike-breaking "scab" couldn't do - it destroyed his career in a few short months. Told with honesty, humor, and insight, this is his moving story - where the real man behind the stories and controversies is finally revealed.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After eight years in the minors, Pallone became a National League umpire during the arbiters' strike in 1979; as a ``scab,'' he had to contend with the ill will of his colleagues, few of whom relented during his 10 years in the majors. But he had an even more pressing problem: a homosexual, he dreaded public exposure. Yet when his lover was killed in an auto crash, he began frequenting gay bars and associating with other gay men, which caused rumors about his sexual orientation to circulate in baseball. A showdown came when his name was tangentially linked to those of acquaintances involved in a scandal concerning teenage boys; at the end of the 1988 season he was asked to resign. Writing with freelancer Steinberg, Pallone seemingly holds nothing back, giving readers the most candid and riveting sports autobiography since Navratilova's Martina.(July)
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451170293
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/3/1991
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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