Joseph C. Faraci, played baseball in Yankees system
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.
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.
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.