Pinelli remained hot-tempered with the
Reds but was ejected from only one game.
One argument had the Reds clubhouse
rocking with laughter. It involved Dolph Luque, the Cuban pitcher, and
Pinelli. One day after Pinelli made a suggestion to Luque on how to
pitch a certain batter, Luque went into a rage. He grabbed a pair of
scissors and stormed after the third baseman. Bohne intercepted Luque
and grabbed the weapon, but Luque wasn't finished.
"You get taxicab, I get taxicab, then we
get guns and have a duel," said a deadly serious Luque. The
rest of the team howled with laughter, taking the heat out of the
situation. The incident blew over
and the two became good friends.
"He was a nice fellow most of the time,"
Pinelli said of Luque. "He just happened to have a temper that was even
worse than mine."
Pinelli's career with the Reds ended in
1927 and he returned to play in the Pacific Coast League through the
1932 season. By then, he had decided to become an umpire.
Odds were 10 to 1 against his success
because of his fighting record, but he succeeded. Not only did he become
a good umpire, he became a great one.
He was the home plate umpire in
Cincinnati when the first night game was played at Crosley Field. His
swan song was Larsen's perfect game against Brooklyn in the 1956 World
It was quite a way, indeed, to end a
career, calling "Strike three" on the final out of the only perfect game
in World Series history.