Steve Verrone was a huge Yankees fan, but it was with the Houston Astros that he found his moment of baseball glory.
A star right-handed pitcher at the County College of Morris, Mr. Verrone was drafted by the Astros. He spent four seasons in the club's farm system.
Mr. Verrone died Sunday following a battle with cancer, his family said. The passionate athlete and family man was 45.
Born in Paterson, Stephen Anthony Verrone grew up in Wayne and played community baseball as a young boy.
from Wayne Valley High School, Mr. Verrone got a full scholarship to Marshall
University in West Virginia. Mr. Verrone then went to County College of
Morris to improve his chances
At nearly 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, Mr. Verrone was an imposing figure on the mound, said his brother, David Verrone of Flanders. Mr. Verrone's fastball was clocked at 93 to 94 mph, and he also had a wicked curve ball, his brother said.
Mr. Verrone was drafted by the Astros in 1983. He worked with the team's farm clubs through the 1986 season, family members added.
Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Chester.