Dave Pallone was an umpire with two strikes against him. He worked ringed by fellow umpires aching to get even with him for landing his job when they were on strike. And he was gay in a sports world where you were supposed to be straight or get straight out.
In this revealing look at baseball, Pallone traces his life both personal and public, and offers a behind-the-scenes account of the players, owners, managers, and umpires…and of outlandish incidents on and off the field. Funny, poignant, shockingly honest, this explosive story is bound to raise a storm of controversy, as it opens eyes about how the game is really played…and about the deeply ingrained homophobia in professional baseball.
“A TESTY, PROFANE, COMBATIVE GUY…UNMASKS THE MENTALITY OF THOSE IN PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL!”
-CHICAGO SUN TIMES
‘THE MOST OUTRAGEOUSLY CANDID TAKE ON THE NATIONAL GAME SINCE BALL FOUR…PALLONE IS NOT A SHOWOFF LIKE BOB UECKER, A BREAST-BEATER LIKE DAVE KOPAY…HIS STORY IS FUNNY, TOUCHING, OUTSPOKEN AND SEXY AS HELL.”
-LAMBDA BOOK REVIEWS
“TELLS US HE PERSONALLY KNOWS HALF DOZEN GAY PLAYERS, INCLUDING SOME OF THE STARS…GIVES US A TOUCHING VIGNETTE OF HIS AFFAIR WITH ONE.”
-SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
“AN EXPLOSIVE BOOK…AT ONCE A DAMNING INDICTMENT AND A WRENCHING PLEA FOR COMPASSION.”
-THE SPORTING NEWS