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Revered Johnstown baseball figure Altimore passes away at 66

JOHNSTOWN -- The City of Johnstown and baseball in this region as a whole lost one of its "good guys" this week. Denny Altimore, a longtime baseball coach, administrator, and broadcaster in the Johnstown-area, passed away after a long fight with heart disease. He was 66 years old.

If you spent anytime at Johnstown's Point Stadium over the last 15 years, chances are you met Denny, or at least saw him around. Altimore sponsored the Johnstown Grays AAABA franchise from 1999 through 2007 until Martella's Pharmacy bought the team.

He also coached Bishop McCort's varsity baseball team from 2003 to 2010, leading the Crushers to multiple playoff appearances including the District 6-A championship in 2009.

Altimore took over as Johnstown AAABA league president in 2011. Since then, the league has started interleague play with the Altoona AAABA league and has raised the age limit to 21 years old.

Baseball was not Denny's only passion though. Since the late 1990's, Altimore has worked as a color commentator alongside Al Steele, and more recently, Terry Dietz for Bishop McCort football games. He also still helped as color commentator for McCort baseball games with John DeFazio.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times