Dom Valentino is not remembered by many is today’s broadcasting circles. But in the mid-1970s, Valentino was at the height of his career, calling several games for several New York teams. Valentino died yesterday. He was 83. Published reports say Valentino, who suffered from prostate cancer, died at Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital, nine days after a choking incident that left him unable to swallow.
A Brooklyn native, Valentino had his busiest year in 1975, his only season in the New York Yankees radio booth, joining the likes of Phil Rizzuto, Bill White, and Frank Messer. That same year, Valentino was calling games for the New York Islanders and the New York Nets, which shared the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale.
The schedule may have taken its toll. While hospitalized for a heart attack in 1975, Valentino suffered a second one.
He eventually returned to the mic in the early 1980s to call games of the Billy Martin-led Oakland A’s.