Ken Kaiser, RIP: Only fools rush out

"He said he wanted to punch me. I said, 'Go ahead, you midget, you'll hit my knee'."---Ken Kaiser (right), on a debate, shall we say, with Earl Weaver (left).

“He said he wanted to punch me. I said, ‘Go ahead, you midget, you’ll hit my knee’.”—Ken Kaiser (right), on a debate, shall we say, with Earl Weaver (left).

The late umpire/raconteur Ron Luciano considered Ken Kaiser, who died today after a long battle with diabetes, a friend and protege who came up and did things the hard way. Unfortunately, Kaiser’s career ended the same way, when he tied his dinghy to the leaky ship of the old Major League Umpires Association, and its executive director Richie Phillips sank it.