Steve Palermo, RIP: Courage, diligence, wit, grace

Steve Palermo, four months after a bullet paralysed him temporarily from the waist down, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of the 1991 World Series in Minnesota.

Steve Palermo, three months after a bullet paralysed him temporarily from the waist down, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of the 1991 World Series in Minnesota.

Baseball celebrated the retirement of Derek Jeter’s Yankee uniform number on the same Mother’s Day during which Steve Palermo finally lost a battle with cancer at 67. Something doesn’t seem right about that.

Palermo—the umpire shot trying to help two waitresses under attack outside a Dallas restaurant in 1991, leaving him temporarily waist-down paralysed and forcing him to retire as an active umpire—loved the game and its meanings almost as much as he loved life.