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Feb. 21, 1927 – Jan. 18, 2014

NIAGARA FALLS – Joseph M. Promowicz, an Army veteran and professional baseball player in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, died Saturday at home. He was 86.

Mr. Promowicz attended local schools and worked as a baler at Kimberly-Clark before joining the U.S. Army. He served as a logistics clerk for the 333rd Division during the occupation of Japan after World War II. He was selected to be part of an Army baseball team, pitching against other armed services teams to entertain troops across Japan.

After returning from the Army, he began his career as a professional baseball player for his hometown Niagara Falls Citizens, where he excelled as a pitcher and outfielder. He was later drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals organization and played for the Lynchburg Cardinals. He was recruited by former major league pitcher and friend Sal Maglie to join him on the Drummondville Cubs in Quebec.

Mr. Promowicz returned to Niagara Falls to be closer to his family and started working as a pipe fitter for Hooker Chemical Co. He also was a star player in local industrial baseball and basketball leagues.

An avid sportsman, Mr. Promowicz enjoyed horse racing and owned several trotters that ran at racetracks along the East Coast.

He also enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, the former Florence Zaremski; a daughter, Judy Cwierley; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Divine Mercy Parish, 24th and Niagara streets.