Tuesday, December 6, 2016
584th Place - John Marzano
You are not looking at John Marzano's rookie card here, because despite this being his first piece of cardboard with Major League stats on the back, Marzano was included in the famed "USA Olympics" series in the 1985 Topps set.
John Marzano was the epitome of Philadelphia sports, as he was born and raised there and played college ball at Temple before representing the United States at the Olympics and getting drafted in the first round by Boston in 1984.
Marzano never reached a talent level beyond backup catcher status, but he was known to be a clubhouse legend and if WAR could account for "team chemistry" his would certainly be good. He's probably best remembered by Seattle Mariner fans for his stint there in the mid 90's...which included the time he decked Paul O'Neil!
After his playing days he latched on with local Philadelphia sports shows and would eventually start working at MLB.com when tragedy struck in 2008. He fell down the stairs in his home and died as a result. The coroner later determined he was intoxicated when the accident happened.