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Pallone, Dave (b. 1951)  
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When the veteran umpires ended their strike some six weeks later, Pallone went from being a crew chief to working as a "swing" umpire, filling in for umpires who were on vacation or incapacitated. This situation inhibited the new umpires from developing a rapport with a regular crew, but it is unlikely that they would have had much success even with a consistent assignment. The veteran umpires shunned the "scabs," refused to associate with them off the field, and even during games would not come to the assistance of a new umpire taking flak from a player or manager.

Without the camaraderie of other umpires, life on the road was lonely for Pallone. On a more personal level, after the disastrous engagement, he had no intention of initiating another romantic relationship with a woman, but, he wrote, "I was still combating my emotional feelings about my sexuality," and so he did not establish any connections with gay men either.

That changed in November 1979, when, through friends in Boston, he met a man with whom he fell in love. He delighted in spending time with a loving and caring partner, but he was apprehensive about being seen in public with his lover since the atmosphere in baseball—indeed, in professional sports in general—was homophobic, and Pallone feared that being identified as a gay man would hamper, if not end, his career.

Much of the time the couple had no choice but to be apart since Pallone was on the road from the beginning of spring training until the end of the baseball season and his lover, called Scott in his memoir, was pursuing a graduate degree in Massachusetts. When he could, Pallone would fly to Boston on off days, and Scott would sometimes join him in other cities for a few days. Caution was their watchword during the visits. "If we ran into a player or manager I knew," wrote Pallone, "I would introduce Scott as my friend--and from then on try to avoid running into that same person again."

The ostracism by other umpires continued during the 1980 season, but Pallone concentrated on his work on the field and was gratified that several managers made a point of telling him that he was doing a great job. Thus, it came as a complete surprise when, after the season ended, National League President Chub Feeney told him that he might be fired for low ratings. Pallone was never allowed to see what the actual ratings were, but he suspected that his had been sabotaged by union umpires.

In the end, Pallone was retained but placed on probation and sent down to Triple A at the start of the next season. Almost immediately, however, he was recalled to the majors to work as a replacement for umpires planning to take their vacations early in anticipation of a strike by the players. Shortly after his return, though, the six-week strike began, giving Pallone more time to spend with Scott, although the two maintained separate residences to keep up appearances.

Pallone had scarcely arrived in Florida for spring training in 1982 when he received the shocking news that his father, whom he had seen just days before, had died of a heart attack. Back in Boston, Pallone had the consolation of Scott's comfort, but the latter "had to stay in the background" during the funeral.

Scott had not known his lover's father. "If my dad had met Scott too many times, he would have been too hard to explain," wrote Pallone. A few days after the funeral, Pallone took Scott to the cemetery and "introduced" him to his parents—his mother had died years earlier—and "told" them what he had never been able to during their lives: that he loved another man.

During the 1982 season Pallone was still being shunned by veteran umpires, but his deepening relationship with Scott helped him cope. His happiness came to an end on a November night when Scott was fatally injured when the car in which he was riding was hit by a van driven by a drunken teenager. Another friend from the car called Pallone, who raced to the hospital and was able to see Scott and talk to him. Scott could not speak but squeezed his hand in response before he died.

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