Lipsey never got that call, though, and retired from umpiring in 1995, capping a 12-year run that also took him to the Dominican Republic, where he said baseball was “intense.” Lipsey, like Kennedy, had been bumped in his career, but was never attacked the way he was in Taiwan, he said.
“It was an official game after five innings, and the Dragons were losing,” Lipsey recalled. “The field was not playable. There was lots of water, and then I called the game, which gave the other team the win. I think we were in the seventh inning. And then mayhem ensued.”
Part of that mayhem included then-Dragons’ player Huang punching Lipsey, which landed him a three-game suspension. His manager, Hsu Sheng-ming (徐生明), who suffered a fatal heart attack last month, was also suspended and fined NT$50,000. Since Lipsey was struck from behind, he could not make out his aggressors, he said.
Lipsey finished out his season in Taiwan without incident and headed back to the US to rejoin the Pacific Coast League, he said.
“I always tell everybody Taiwan was one of the safest places in the world,” he said. “Heck, you could walk around anywhere any time of night and not worry about it.”