On his way to a 9/11 memorial service in New York City on Sunday, former Major League Baseball player Anthony Varvaro was killed in an automobile accident. His wife and four children survive him.
Varvaro attended St. John’s University in New York City before turning pro. Between 2010 to 2015, he was a member of the MLB. During his baseball career, he worked as a bullpen pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and Seattle Mariners.
Varvaro retired in 2016 to become a New York City police officer.
Varvaro, 37, was a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official.
According to the Associated Press, Varvaro was killed in a car accident on his way to work at the Sept. 11 memorial service in Manhattan on Sunday. A wrong-way driver is said to have murdered him.
Tributes came in for the dead cop and former Major League Baseball pitcher.
“We are terribly saddened by the demise of former Braves pitcher Anthony Varvaro,” the Atlanta Braves announced. Anthony, 37, spent portions of six seasons in the major leagues, including four with the Atlanta Braves. In 2016, he voluntarily left MLB to become a Port Authority police officer.”
“RIP PAPD PO Anthony Varvaro, EOW 9/11/22,” declared the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association in a statement. While reporting to a PAPD 9/11 WTC detail, PO Varvaro was slain by a wrong-way vehicle. He was 37 years old, had served with the PAPD for 6 years, and was survived by his wife and four children. Rest in the Lord’s eternal embrace, Anthony. Always remembered, never forgotten
“Heartbreaking,” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said. Please join our family and Braves fans across in praying for Anthony Varvaro’s family.”
“I am heartbroken by the unfortunate death of Port Authority Police Officer Anthony Varvaro,” stated New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. Officer Varvaro, a former @MLB player, was an outstanding leader at the PA as an Academy Instructor. He was a husband and father of four children, and we extend our sympathies to his family at this difficult time.”
“We are very saddened by the passing of former Red Sox pitcher Anthony Varvaro,” the Red Sox said on Twitter. We express our heartfelt condolences to the Varvaro family.”
“Tonight, our thoughts and prayers are with the Port Authority Police Department and the family and friends of Police Officer Anthony Varvaro, who was killed in a motor vehicle crash earlier today as he was reporting for a detail assignment at the World Trade Center 9/11 Ceremony,” the New Jersey State Police said.
“Anthony Varvaro was a terrific man,” Braves writer David O’Brien tweeted. Everyone who knew him and his teammates adored him. R.I.P.”
U201CANTHONY VARVARO, FORMER ST. JOHN’S, MARINERS, BRAVES, AND RED SOX PITCHER, WHO RETIRED TO BECOME A PORT AUTHORITY POLICE OFFICER, WAS KILLED IN A CAR ACCIDENT WHILE ON HIS WAY TO THE 9/11 COMMEMORATIONS. IN EVERY WAY, HE WAS A GREAT GUY WITH TWO GREAT CAREERS. RIP. 37.\U201D
1662943298 — JON HEYMAN (@JON HEYMAN)