January 20, 1995 in Sports

Death Ruled Suicide

Compiled From Wire Services

One day following the death of umpire Ron Luciano, police said he committed suicide and died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Luciano, 57, was found dead at his home in Endicott, N.Y.

An American League umpire for 11 years, Luciano worked the 1974 World Series and three A.L. championship series.

While other umpires backed off confrontations with managers and players, Luciano reveled in the theatrics, going nose-to-nose with some of the best.

His raucous, chest-thumping battles with Baltimore manager Earl Weaver were the stuff of highlight films. He once ejected Weaver from both ends of a 1975 doubleheader.

“I don’t remember it happening,” Weaver said, although he did know that Luciano tossed him out of nine games.

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