On Saturday, October 22, family, friends and Port Washington youth activities leaders honored the memory of Charlie Corsitto by gathering at Lions Field for the dedication and unveiling of a bench and brick to her name.
The ceremony commemorated his many years as a supporter of the Traveling Baseball Legends teams and served as a tribute and memorial to him after a ten-month fierce battle with cancer.
Corsitto is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Deborah, their three beautiful sons, Aaron, Matthew and Noah (who played on Legends teams). Corsitto was considered by all who knew him to be the “biggest fan” when he was an assistant coach during all of Noah’s early years in the intramural PYAs, but it was with the Legends that Charlie’s enthusiasm took hold. really shined.
As the biggest cheerleader and “team dad”, he was always supportive of the team and its coaches Mike Schissel, Don Alexander, Steve Gawley and Joe McVeigh. Sons Aaron and Matthew were also inspired by Charlie, as all of the Corsittos made Legends games, tournament trips and trips to Cooperstown a real family affair.
Corsitto graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and naturally loved to cook. He had a passion for training, fitness and weightlifting. Later in life, he had a second career in the transportation service industry, but always enjoyed watching baseball and being part of the Port Washington community.
Anyone interested in paying tribute to Charlie, participating in the PYA’s “Buy-A-Brick” program, or also sponsoring a bench can contact PYA Executive Director Brandon Kurz at 516-944-PYA1 (7921). You can also contribute online at www.4everbricks.com/pyasports