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Eddie Gratty

Coaching ∙ Conway

 

 

 

 

An old song goes, A man never stands so tall than when he stoops to help a child. Eddie Gratty stood tall in Conway for 50 years for his positive influence on the youth he coached. Eddie came to this country at an early age from Italy and quickly developed a love for baseball. He was an excellent player but soon directed his attention toward coaching. In 1954 he led the Conway AC team to the American Baseball Congress state championship, guiding his team unbeaten through the tourney. In 1961 Gratty was an assistant under Joe Zerilla as they brought the state title to the Ambridge Legion team. In 1972 Eddie was the manager and Zerilla his assistant when they led the Baden American Legion team to the state finals. Eddie was recognized at the Dapper Dan banquet in 1969 and Conway dedicated a public park to him in 1989. He died on March 10, 1977.