Antonio Pasquale Moscato, 74, nurse, champion bowler, baseball player

March 24, 2006

Antonio Pasquale Moscato, a retired registered nurse and champion bowler, died of a heart attack March 17 at Union Hospital in Elkton. The Northeast resident was 74.

Mr. Moscato was born and raised in Canandaigua, N.Y., where he was an outstanding high school baseball player. He was known for his 94 mph fastball and once struck out 19 batters in seven innings.

Rather than attend Syracuse University, where he had been offered a full scholarship, Mr. Moscato signed with the Boston Braves and pitched for their Jacksonville minor league team, until a line drive shattered his wrist and ended his career.

He earned a bachelor's degree in nursing in 1954 from Rochester State Hospital School of Nursing and began his career at the Canandaigua Veterans Administration Medical Center.

In 1960, he moved to Cecil County and went to work at Perry Point Veterans Hospital in Perryville, where he worked until retiring in 1986.

Mr. Moscato was a well-known bowler who replaced American Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Jimmy Schroeder on the Jenny Five Powerhouse team that was sponsored by Genesee Brewery in 1960.

A year later, he finished fourth in the doubles of the ABC National Championship in Des Moines, Iowa. He toured on the professional circuit during the 1970s and won the Professional Bowlers Association Eastern Regional championship held at College Point, N.Y.

In one of his most exciting PBA tournament games, he bowled back-to-back games of 300 and 299 and registered 29 consecutive strikes, family members said.

The former Port Deposit resident, who had lived in Northeast since last summer, held eight Cecil-Harford Counties Bowling Association championship titles and was crowned the Greater Baltimore Bowling Association Bowler of the Year in 1979. He was inducted into the Cecil-Harford Counties Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1990.

From 1979 to 2003, when he was diagnosed with cancer, Mr. Moscato bred and showed Doberman pinschers and boxers.

Surviving are his wife of 26 years, the former Joyce A. Little; a son, Mark Moscato of Bel Air; three daughters, Debra K. Stiles of Bel Air, Patty Bertier of Street, and Gina Borrego of Key West, Fla.; a stepson, Brian Lee Harkins of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Marie G. Moscato of Geneva, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were Wednesday.

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