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Pallone, Dave (b. 1951)  
 
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Pallone attended Scott's funeral in the role of friend. Scott's parents and sister had met Pallone but did not know the true nature of the relationship. "It was all I could do to keep myself from embracing them and sharing their grief, and telling them that Scott meant as much to me as he did to them," recalled Pallone. "But I just walked away like everyone else and tried not to draw attention to myself."

Depressed by the loss of his lover and the very lonely experience of his grief, Pallone wondered if he would be able to withstanding the shunning from veteran umpires without Scott's support. He turned for spiritual guidance to a friend who was a priest in the Boston area. Father Piermarini assured him that he was a good man and counseled him to doubt neither himself nor God. He also advised him to practice the injunctions given in the book of Matthew: "Love your enemies. . . . and pray for them which despitefully use you."

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Whether or not prayer had anything to do with it, Pallone found himself in a much more congenial situation in 1983. He was assigned to the crew of chief umpire Bob Engel, who began the season by telling Pallone, "I don't like all this ostracism crap." He had talked to the other crew members, he said, and "we all hope it stops."

Pallone was finally working with men who were prepared to be mentors instead of antagonists to their younger colleagues. In addition to Engel, veteran umpire Paul Runge was particularly helpful in sharing his knowledge and experience of the game. Pallone quickly developed great respect for both men and, to his delight and relief, friendship as well. Whereas in previous years he had come to the umpires' locker room and found his equipment vandalized, now he might find bits of it hidden, but only because the others were playing pranks on him—and he could strike back, all in the name of good fun.

A highlight of the year came in July, when Pallone was on the crew that umpired the All-Star Game. He called the moment bittersweet, though, because Scott was not there to share it with him.

As time went on, however, Pallone found himself longing for another close and loving relationship. Never having been part of the gay community and not knowing much about it, he began reading books and magazines such as The Advocate to learn about gay culture.

He eventually made his first trip to a gay bar despite his fear that he might be recognized. During the 1983-84 off-season, he frequented a Boston bar called Buddies and began making friends. He was increasingly bothered by being closeted but still felt that he had no other choice if he wanted to remain in baseball.

Pallone also began going to gay bars on the road. He was discreet; nevertheless, rumors of his homosexuality started to crop up among baseball insiders, possibly more because of his lack of a wife or girlfriend than anything to do with the bars.

However, it was a groundless rumor that brought Pallone trouble. In August 1986 he learned that Reds manager Pete Rose had allegedly told an umpire that Pallone had tried to pick up a man in a Cincinnati bar. Pallone suspected that a certain umpire who continued to be hostile to those who had worked during the strike had concocted the story. He wanted to confront Rose, but Engel and Runge dissuaded him, predicting that the rumor would die down.

It did not. Pallone soon received a call from Kevin Hallinan, the head of security in the Commissioner's office, who asked him about the matter at the behest of Feeney. Pallone acknowledged having been to the bar but denied having tried to pick anyone up there. Hallinan claimed to have talked to witnesses but would not name them. Pallone subsequently repeated his denial to Feeney himself but felt that the National League President did not believe him. He was therefore not surprised when Feeney by-passed him to give a spot in the play-offs to another umpire.

The irony of the whole situation was that the Cincinnati tavern named in the fabricated story was a straight bar.

After the 1986 season both Feeney and supervisor of umpires Blake Cullen retired. Pallone was not sorry to see Feeney replaced by A. Bartlett Giamatti, but he feared that the new supervisor, Eddie Vargo, an umpire who had refused to talk to him and had snubbed him in public, would attempt to hurt his career.

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