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NORWOOD - Joe Curran and his wife Betty were fixtures, in attendance for every home game for the Norwood American Legion baseball team since 1992. And if Post 70 was on a roll, the pair often traveled with the squad.
The two always brought their own chairs and set up camp at the top of a hill near the entrance to Peter Wall Field at the Balch Elementary School.
Joe Curran, a former advertising executive at the Boston Herald, died May 5 at age 83, and for the entire Post 70 program, his loss was a hard hit. And throughout a 13-11 regular season, his presence was missed.
But inspired by his memory, Norwood stepped up its play in the intrastate tourney, advancing to the semifinals.