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How many dreams come true in Pittsburgh? On Friday, April 6, 1979, a 27-year-old man from Waltham, Massachusetts crouched behind Pirates catcher Ed Ott and prepared to call balls and strikes in Three Rivers Stadium in his first game as a big league umpire. Whether the first pitch from Bert Blyleven was a ball or a strike has long been forgotten. What is irrefutable from that day is this: Dave Pallone pulled his mask over his face, and he left it there for the next 10 seasons. Pallone was a big league umpire but he wasn’t, in the eyes of some. He was an opportunist or he was a scab. He was part of the fraternity yet he wasn’t. You think that’s some confliction? You have no idea. Pallone, for 10 big league seasons, was two people. There was the tough, talented umpire Pall ...

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