Jun 20, 2013

Italian / American Umpire: Dan Iassogna (1999- Current)

Daniel Ralph Iassogna was born on May 3rd, 1969 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He went to High school in Trumball, Connecticut, & then earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Connecticut (Uconn).

From there he began his pro umpiring career, first working in the New York Penn. League in 1992. By 1994 he was pushed up to the South Atlantic League, then the Carolina League the next season.

In 1996 he began a two year stint at AA ball in the Texas League. From there he was promoted to AAA in the International League where he remained through the 2003 season.

In August of 1999 he made his MLB debut working as a fill in, a position he held for vacationing umpires for five seasons. On August 13th 2002 at Arlington, Texas in a game between the Texas Rangers & the Chicago White Sox, Iassongna was part of a history making umpire crew.

The umpiring crew was made up of the same ethnic background, all Italian / Americans. Iassogna was on the line at third base, Tony Randazzo at second base, Larry Poncino on the line at first base & Ed Rapuano was behind the plate. Of course the event did not get the attention it deserved to receive .

In 2004 he became a permanent American League Umpire, getting to work the 2005 & 2007 ALDS.

In June 2007 he worked the third base line, as Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, had a no hitter going until two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning.

Five days later he was at third base, again when the Detroit Tigers Justin Verlander threw his first career no Hitter. In 2011 he also worked the line when Verlander tossed his second career no hitter, coming against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Iassogna currently lives in Georgia with his wife & two daughters. He works with the Chicago Fire Department in support of the "Bucks for the Burn Camp," which helps children that were burned in fires.

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