BEHIND THE MASK: My Double Life in Baseball

BEHIND THE MASK: My Double Life in Baseball

by Dave Pallone, Alan Steinberg
     
 

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In his hotly-controversial New York Times bestselling autobiography, former National League umpire Dave Pallone rips the homophobic mask off major league baseball with a brutal candor that bristles with drama and truth. But the real kicker here is Pallone's parallel, and explicit, account of his coming to grips with his sexuality in a sports culture that remains…  See more details below

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In his hotly-controversial New York Times bestselling autobiography, former National League umpire Dave Pallone rips the homophobic mask off major league baseball with a brutal candor that bristles with drama and truth. But the real kicker here is Pallone's parallel, and explicit, account of his coming to grips with his sexuality in a sports culture that remains staunchly homophobic (no sportsman in Major Leaue Baseball has "come out" publicly since Pallone). In remarkably-detailed, funny, touching, outrageous, and sexy stories, he openly explores a complex life fraught with persecution, exhilaration, tragedy, and glamour (like brief affairs with a major “heartthrob” film star and a popular "macho" baseball player) without self-promotion or self-pity. In bold, frank talk, Pallone opens himself to more public scrutiny than any other professional sportsperson in recent memory, while reminding us that our culture still wrestles with how to accept all of its citizens equally.

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Editorial Reviews

Larry King, USA TODAY
"A sensitively-written, important work."
Sporting News
"AN EXPLOSIVE BOOK ... AT ONCE A DAMNING INDICTMENT AND A WRENCHING PLEAS FOR COMPASSION."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015464771
Publisher:
VIKING 1990, SIGNET 1991
Publication date:
07/03/1990
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
569,272
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

DAVE PALLONE is a former Major League Baseball Umpire who was wrongly fired from his dream job for being gay. He was recklessly "outed" in fabricated stories published in the New York Post and People Magazine that nearly destroyed his life, reputation, and career. But today Mr. Pallone lectures widely on LGBT issues, seeking to to enlighten others, particularly young people, about the dangers of ignorance, bias, and the need to live true to yourself.

ALAN STEINBERG is an acclaimed professional author of numerous books (celebrity autobiography, history, crime, business, sport), including two New York Times bestellers. He has published over 150 magazine and newspaper features, written 4 screenplays, and delivers talks at colleges, companies, and organizations nationwide. Currently, Mr. Steinberg is writing novels and TV series pilots.

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