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Special thanks for loyal fans of Norwood Legion Post 70

Jake O’Rourke scores an early run Tuesday for Norwood, to the delight of Betty Curran (top right) in her seat of honor.
Jake O’Rourke scores an early run Tuesday for Norwood, to the delight of Betty Curran (top right) in her seat of honor. Credit: Photos by Barry Chin/Globe Staff

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NORWOOD - Joe Curran and his wife Betty were fixtures, in attendance for every home game for the Norwood American Legion baseball team since 1992. And if Post 70 was on a roll, the pair often traveled with the squad.

The two always brought their own chairs and set up camp at the top of a hill near the entrance to Peter Wall Field at the Balch Elementary School.

Joe Curran, a former advertising executive at the Boston Herald, died May 5 at age 83, and for the entire Post 70 program, his loss was a hard hit. And throughout a 13-11 regular season, his presence was missed.

But inspired by his memory, Norwood stepped up its play in the intrastate tourney, advancing to the semifinals.

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