Sunday, April 19, 2015

Remembering Philadelphia's own John Marzano

John Marzano died in 2008.

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
April 19 2015, 5:00 PM EST.
@PGordonPBR

John Marzano starred in baseball at Central High School and eventually spent a decade in the majors, but not before leaving his mark as arguably the best college player ever to have played in Philadelphia.

In three seasons at Temple University, Marzano hit .413 with 25 home runs, 147 RBIs, and slugged .676. He also earned a spot on the 1984 United States Olympic team before being drafted by the Boston Red Sox with the 14th pick pick in the first round of the '84 amateur draft.

Sunday marked the seven-year anniversary of Marzano's death.

The 45-year-old died from postural asphyxia, or suffocation, after falling down a flight of stairs in his South Philadelphia home. Contributing conditions that lead to his death were blunt trauma and ethanol - or alcohol - intoxication.

Following his time in the majors, Marzano made a name for himself in Philadelphia as a commentator. He was loved for his infectious laugh and the passion he brought to his radio and television work. He served as a host on WIP radio and as a postgame analyst at Comcast SportsNet for Phillies games before joining MLB.com.

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