GT columnist Joe Marcin succumbs to cancer at 79

Jan 8, 2002 7:45 AM

Joe Marcin, long-time GamingToday sports columnist, died December 30 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Charles, Missouri. Mr. Marcin was 79 years old.

Known for his cutting edge wit and strong opinions, Mr. Marcin penned the popular Sports Insider column in GamingToday. His specialty was college football, though his knowledge and expertise spanned all sports.

Prior to joining GamingToday, Mr. Marcin worked 20 years for the Sporting News in St. Louis, Missouri, where he served as associate editor and college football editor, and for several years edited its popular Annual Baseball Guide & Record Book.

Before joining the staff at the Sporting News, Mr. Marcin held public relations positions with Buffalo’s professional baseball and hockey teams, and served as Sports Information Director for the University of Buffalo.

Mr. Marcin was a member of the Football Writers Association, and the Baseball Writers Association, and was a voter for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Recognized as a college football authority, and for his extensive knowledge of Major League Baseball, Mr. Marcin was known to his peers as a walking sports encyclopedia.

A 1943 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Marcin was fiercely loyal to Notre Dame and its football team.

He served in the Marine Corps during World War II, and took part in the invasion of Okinawa in the Pacific.

Among Mr. Marcin’s community interests was the Gridiron Club in Evansville, Indiana, whose conference he keynoted every year. He was also president of the 1-2-3 Club, which was made up of retired sportswriters and athletes. He even once hosted a sports talk radio show with Dan Dierdorf on radio station KMOX.

Mr. Marcin is survived by a son, Joseph R. Marcin of Los Angeles, and daughter Patricia Marcin Ward of Buffalo, New York. He is also survived by four grand-children and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia McHale Marcin.

Mr. Marcin will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Services are pending.

The entire staff of GamingToday extends warmest wishes and condolences to the family of Joe Marcin. He will be greatly missed by his friends in Las Vegas.