Palermo: Robbers who shot me are in worst shape than I am

August 28, 1991|By Todd Copilevitz | Todd Copilevitz,Dallas Morning News

DALLAS -- Major-league umpire Steve Palermo sat in his wheelchair yesterday and explained that the robbers who shot him were in worse shape than he was.

"I'm going to walk again long before their punishment may be up," he said. "So who got the worst of it?"

During an emotional hourlong news conference at the Dallas Rehabilitation Institute, the American League umpire vowed to come back fully from the injuries he suffered while aiding robbery victims outside Campisi's Egyptian Restaurant in Dallas on July 6.

"I will walk again, and I will umpire again," Palermo said tearfully. "You can make book on that."

In five weeks, Palermo, a 41-year-old Kansas City, Mo., resident, has progressed from being able only to wiggle two toes to walking with the aid of braces and crutches.

"This may not look like much to you," he joked with photographers as, with the help of braces, he walked through a physical therapy room. "But it feels like 80 days around the world to me."

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