For many, if not most, sports fans of today, the name Steve Palermo rings hollow.
But for baseball aficionados and astute local observers, Palermo — born in Worcester, raised in Oxford — was truly someone to admire, having sacrificed his acclaimed Major League umpiring career to help two women being attacked outside a Texas restaurant in 1991, an instinctive action that led to paralysis.
Palermo died from complications of cancer this week. Hitch pays tribute to an unlikely sports icon who should never be forgotten.
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