The Obit For Poppy Ruggiero

Patrick F. Ruggiero, businessman, baseball player
Aug. 30, 1932—Aug. 16, 2010
August 19 2010, 12:00 AM

Patrick F. “Poppy” Ruggiero, who played baseball in the Kansas City A’s organization in the 1950s and was a member of the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame, died Monday. He was 77.

After graduating from Holy Angels High School in 1950, he served in the Army from 1952 to 1954. Two years later, when he returned to Buffalo, he signed a contract to play professional baseball in the A’s organization.

From 1959 to 1966, he played for the Simon Pure Baseball Club.

Mr. Ruggiero was also a businessman. For 27 years, he owned Ken-Hy Auto in Buffalo. Through the years, his company sponsored many baseball teams in Western New York.

He played in the amateur Muny AAA league game in four decades. In 1999, he was inducted into the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame. Two years later, he was inducted into the Holy Angels Sports Hall of Fame for baseball and basketball.

Mr. Ruggiero was a member, past president and Man of the Year in 1996 of the Romulus Club. For more than a decade, he was chairman of many Romulus Sports Nights, which raised money for many local charities, especially those serving children.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Alma Zientek; four sons, Patrick, Kenneth, Richard and Thomas; a sister, Mae Pobocki; and two brothers, Gasper and Anthony.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a. m. Friday at St. Margaret Catholic Church, 1395 Hertel Ave.