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In memoriam: Joe Romano

Philadelphia PhilliesJoe Romano, who owned several Minor League Baseball teams before working for the Philadelphia Phillies as a scout, passed away last Thursday in Clearwater, Florida.


His ownership tenure began in 1967 and lasted until 1983. He first operated a Detroit Tigers farm team in Erie, Pa. After selling that, he purchased the Houston Astros franchise in Williamsport, Pa. His team later moved to Elmira, N.Y., where it became an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

Since 1983, he had served as an “assistant scout” with the Phillies, his nephew Bob Romano said.

“His territory was the Mid-Atlantic region,” Romano said. “And since he had a home in Clearwater, he would scout college teams in Florida for the Phillies.”


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