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Affectionately called "Pops" by those who knew him, DiMuro was struck by a car and
killed in Arlington, Texas, shortly after umpiring a twi-nite White Sox-Rangers game.
He was beset by accidents throughout his career. In May 1979 the Yankees' Cliff Johnson
crashed into him in a play at the plate and sidelined him for most of the season.
Two years later he suffered a sprained back and severe bruises when he slipped and
fell in the Milwaukee visitors' dugout during a rain delay. Ironically, his umpiring
career began due to an injury; he had broken a finger while playing baseball in the
Air Force and turned to umpiring to remain active.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 10, 1965:
In the 2nd of two at Fenway, the O's Brooks Robinson hits a ball that appears to hit the net above the Green Monster, but is ruled in play by Lou DiMuro. Robinson reaches third with a triple, and then adds a homer in the 7th. Brooks lost another homer last year. The O's win 12–4 after losing the opener, 15–5.
»May 30, 1979: New York's Cliff Johnson crashes into home plate umpire Lou DiMuro in the 11th inning in a game against Milwaukee. DiMuro, unconscious for 32 minutes, is taken to the hospital. Johnson scores the 2nd of three runs for the Yanks in their 11-inning, 5–2 win.
»April 15, 2000:
Pedro Martinez (7 IP, five H, two R/ER, one BB, nine SO) paces the Red Sox to a 14–2 win over the A's Tim Hudson. Carl Everett had three hits, including two doubles, and four RBI. Three sons of former major-league umpires work the game: Jerry (son of Shag) Crawford, Mike (son of Lou) DiMuro and Brian (son of Tom) Gorman.