Al Brancato, 93, a shortstop for the Philadelphia Athletics who, while still a senior at South Philadelphia High School, was signed by Connie Mack, died Thursday, June 14, at Sunrise at Granite Run, an assisted-living facility in Delaware County.
Mr. Brancato was in failing health and had recently moved into the assisted-living facility after breaking a hip several months ago, said his daughter, Sister Helen Brancato.
He and his wife, Isabel, were longtime residents of Upper Darby. They would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary next month, their daughter said.
Mr. Brancato grew up at his family's corner store at Rosewood and Porter Streets in South Philadelphia. His parents were immigrants from Italy, and he had three brothers and three sisters. His baseball abilities at Southern High caught the attention of the Athletics' storied manager.