Dom Cecere, who won more baseball games than any coach in New York state high school history, died last week of cancer at age 75.
Cecere was the baseball coach at Eastchester High School in Westchester, County, for 53 years. He won 737 games, and was inducted into the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014, and was the 2015 baseball recipient of the National Coach of the Year award from the National Federation of State High School Associations.
"Coach Cecere is the greatest man I have ever known," Eastchester athletic director Jay Karol told LoHud.com. "He is selfless, humble, a true gentleman and influenced the lives of countless people. Coach used baseball to teach young men about the bigger game -- life."
Cecere started coaching at age 22. He ended with 15 league titles, six sectional titles and one regional championship.
He is survived by his wife, Lyn, three children and three grandchildren.