Lou Romanoli

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Lou Romanoli’s leadership in Delaware sports spans four sports. A three-year starter for the University of Delaware baseball team when freshmen were not eligible for varsity, he was moved from
shortstop to third base in his senior year of 1956 by new coach Tubby Raymond, who also used him as a pitcher. The Blue Hens went 18-3 and qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time.
In the 1960s, he was a player, manager, head coach and recruiter for championship teams in baseball, football and basketball. At the peak era of the Delaware Semi-Pro Baseball League, he recruited
talent (including five former major leaguers from this area) for Brooks Armored Car, for whom he was player-manager. The team broke Parkway’s grip over the league, winning championships in 1963 and
1964 and drawing crowds approaching 4,000. He quarterbacked a Brooks Armored Car squad that dominated the Wilmington Football League, with three championships and two runner-up finishes from 1963-68,
and captained a Brooks team that won the Industrial Basketball League. In 1963, Romanoli organized, managed, and played on Brooks championship teams in baseball, football, and basketball. He became
general manager of the Wilmington Blue Bombers basketball organization in 1967 and kept the Bombers atop the league and helped several players sign with the NBA and ABA. In 1966, he branched into
running, which he continued for 30 years. He logged 3,000 miles annually, completed the 1980 Boston Marathon, and ran the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon 25 consecutive years until double knee
replacement surgery turned him into a dedicated cyclist. Romanoli officiated high school basketball for 15 years. In 1964, he was named Young Man of the Year by the Wilmington Junior Chamber of
Commerce. Sport Magazine awarded him its Service Award in July 1969. He served as the second president of the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame (1980-82) and in that role introduced more events
and social gatherings to build membership.

 

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