Born: February 14, 1963|
Died: April 19, 2008 (aged 45)|
|July 31, #REDIRECT Template:Baseball year for the Boston Red Sox|
Last MLB appearance
|September 23, #REDIRECT Template:Baseball year for the Seattle Mariners|
|Runs batted in||72|
Career highlights and awards
|Competitor for 23x15px United States|
|Silver medal – second place||1984 Los Angeles||Team|
|Silver medal – second place||1983 Brussels||Team|
John Robert Marzano (February 14, 1963 – April 19, 2008), commonly referred to as "Johnny Marz", was an American catcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1987 to 1998 for the Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners, generally as a backup catcher. He was a member of division champions with the
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Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marzano graduated from Central High School, and briefly attended Holy Family College, studying radiologic technology. He also attended Temple University, where he played for the Owls from 1982 to 1984. Marzano played as a catcher for the Temple Owls baseball team before getting drafted in the 1st round, 14th overall, in the 1984 entry draft by the Boston Red Sox of the American League.
Marzano became a cult hero in Seattle when he threw a haymaker at New York Yankees outfielder Paul O'Neill during a game in 1996. He is well known in Seattle for this incident which occurred after O'Neill complained to the umpire about a pitch that was high and inside.
In later years, Marzano was the usual guest of Phillies Post Game Live on Comcast SportsNet. He co-hosted a show with Rob Charry on Saturdays, and was also a regular guest on WIP-AM's morning show. He also commonly appeared on AT&T Daily News Live with Michael Barkann on Comcast SportsNet.
Marzano died unexpectedly at age 45 at his home on Passyunk Avenue in the city's South Philadelphia neighborhood. He was found after having fallen down a flight of stairs. It was originally speculated that he may have suffered a heart attack, but the Medical Examiner's Office reported on July 17, 2008 that his death was actually caused by positional asphyxia after the way his body landed after the fall. His last public appearance was on Daily News Live on Thursday, April 17, from the Wachovia Center. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and two grandchildren.
- Marzano Baseball Academy
- The Official Site of Major League Baseball: Radio: MLB Radio Hosts
- "Former major leaguer John Marzano dies at 45 in Philadelphia". Associated Press. 2008-04-19. Retrieved 2008-04-19.[dead link]
- Medical examiner says a fall killed John Marzano | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/18/2008[dead link]
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- John Marzano Baseball Academy / Tribute Site
- MLB.com historical statistics
- Baseball Reference minor league statistics
- Find a Grave