The Obit For Joe Faraci

Joseph C. Faraci, played baseball in Yankees system
February 8, 2012, 12:00 AM

Joseph C. Faraci of Amherst, a standout high school athlete who played baseball for the farm teams of the New York Yankees, died Feb. 4 in Millard Fillmore Hospital. He was 69. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Faraci was a 1960 graduate of Grover Cleveland High School, where he lettered in baseball and basketball. He pitched and played shortstop, earning All High status during his sophomore, junior and senior years.

On graduation day, Mr. Faraci signed a contract with the New York Yankees; Joe Frisa, the team’s local scout, was waiting on the front porch of the family’s home when Mr. Faraci returned from graduation with his diploma. Mr. Faraci played shortstop and second base for seven years for the Yankees organization’s AA and AAA teams, including Toledo and Syracuse. His teammates included Bobby Murcer and Roy White, and he played against Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Tom Seaver.

After leaving baseball in 1967, Mr. Faraci worked as a salesman for Frank O’Connor Sporting Goods, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. and, most recently, Lorillard Tobacco Co., retiring approximately 10 years ago. He also was a veteran of the Army Reserve. He was a longtime resident of Kenmore before moving recently to Amherst.

Survivors include his wife, the former Rose Marie Resetarits, and a sister, Angela Marie Guagliano.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Thursday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.