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NBC’s ‘Sunday Today’ pays tribute to umpire Steve Palermo

A moment of silence was observed for the passing of major league umpire Steve Palermo before Tuesday’s game between the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees at Kauffman Stadium.
A moment of silence was observed for the passing of major league umpire Steve Palermo before Tuesday’s game between the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees at Kauffman Stadium. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Steve Palermo, the former major-league umpire who died on May 14 of cancer, was the subject of a feature on NBC’s “Sunday Today.”

Palermo was highlighted on a segment called “A Life Well Lived,” detailing the Kansas Citian’s umpiring career that ended in 1991 when he was shot in the back while coming to the aid of a waitress outside a Dallas restaurant after she was mugged.

Palermo’s umpiring days were over but not his contributions as a representative of baseball, a resource for the Royals and an inspiration to those who knew his story.

Here’s the “Sunday Today” video, narrated by host Willie Geist.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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