AL umpire Frank Umont dies


Frank Umont, who became famous for wearing glasses during the latter part of his 20-year career as an American League umpire, died in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 73.

Umont worked in the AL from 1954 until retiring after the 1973 season. He worked four World Series, four All-Star games, and an AL Championship Series, but his use of eyeglasses was more widely known that his work, and they made him an object of ridicule from bench jockeys and fans.

In 1969, Umont ejected Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver for smoking a cigarette in the dugout before a game. The next day, Weaver brought the Orioles lineup card to home plate with a candy cigarette between his lips.

Before becoming an umpire, Umont was a 220-pound tackle for the NFL's New York Giants from 1943-45.

* ANGELS: A 17-year-old Milwaukee girl has filed a civil suit against major-leaguer Luis Polonia and a downtown hotel seeking damages for a 1989 sexual encounter for which the outfielder was jailed and fined.

Polonia, 25, pleaded no contest to having sexual intercourse with a minor in August 1989. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, fined $1,500 and ordered to pay $10,000 to the Sexual Assault Treatment Center in October 1989.

* METS: David Cone felt improvement in the strained pitching shoulder that forced him out of Wednesday night's game in the sixth inning.

"I can tell it's not a deep danger area like the rotator cuff," Cone said. "It can be treated."

Exercising caution, the club will push Cone's next start back from Tuesday to Thursday.

* YANKEES: Pascual Perez encountered tightness in the underarm area after 41 warm-up pitches and, therefore, had to call off a simulated game.

Perez had surgery on his upper shoulder area in August.

* INDIANS: Catcher Sandy Alomar, who fractured the tip of his right index finger Tuesday night after coming off the disabled list, will be out for at least four or five days.

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