OXFORD, Mass. — Late major league umpire Steve Palermo has had a street named after him in his Massachusetts hometown.

The Oxford Board of Selectman voted 4-0 Wednesday to name a stretch of unnamed road in town Palermo Drive.

Selectman John Saad made the motion. He tells The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/2riq0ML ) it was a way to honor a local hero and show the town’s appreciation to the Palermo family, many of whom still live in the area.

Palermo was a standout baseball and basketball player at Oxford High School.

He died Sunday at age 67 after battling cancer. Palermo was one of the most respected umpires in the American League, but his career ended in 1991 when he was shot and paralyzed from the waist down trying to stop a robbery in Dallas.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com