DeLucca, Class of ’00, MLB Scout, Passes at 90

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DeLucca, Class of ’00, MLB Scout, Passes at 90

Babylon’s own Joe DeLucca spent his life on the baseball diamond. He was most notable for his 33 years as a Major League Baseball scout, but also coached at Babylon and West Babylon High Schools, respectively.

He was inducted to the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

His prized draft pick was Manny Ramirez for the Indians in 1991. He also worked for the Cincinnati Reds, Oakland A’s, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles.

A Babylon High School alumnus, he taught at his alma mater from 1954-1957 and at West Babylon from 1958-1966. From 1967 to 1983 he was a physical education teacher and department chairman at West Babylon Junior High.