Joe Victor, a giant in New York City sandlot baseball for over 40 years, passed away suddenly on April 22nd, 2016. Joe first appeared on the sandlot baseball scene in the mid 1970s as a coach with the Brooklyn Cadets Baseball Club. His next door neighbor’s sons were players with the Cadets and Joe answered their call for help. He remained with the Cadets for over 25 years as a manager, coach and Athletic Director and produced some of the top high school and college age teams in Brooklyn baseball history. Many of his players went on to the college and professional ranks and had outstanding careers not only on the field but as solid citizens of the community. Joe was inducted into the Parade Ground Baseball League Hall of Fame in 1992 in recognition of his outstanding efforts as a Manager and Athletic Director.
Joe left the Cadets and formed his own college age baseball team called the Cubs and then the Mariners in the late 1990s. For the next 15 years they were a top team made up of college student athletes from the Northeast who appeared in many NABF Regional and National Tournaments.
In addition to his role in running the Cadets, Cubs and Mariners, Joe became a top administrator and league official of a number of local and national sandlot baseball organizations. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Marine Park Baseball League in Brooklyn for many years and served as a Board Member and President of the New York Metropolitan Baseball
Association, which administered a vast baseball program of 10 leagues and over 200 teams and was affiliated with NABF and AABC.
Over the last 10 years, Joe was the Secretary of the Parade Ground Baseball League, the oldest sandlot baseball organization in New York City, and a Regional Director of the NABF. He worked very closely with Charles Blackburn to expand the number of teams from New York participating in NABF Leagues, sending New York City teams to NABF Regional and World Series Tournaments all over the country and hosting many of the Regional Tournaments in Brooklyn.
Joe will be sorely missed in New York sandlot baseball circles. His outstanding leadership qualities, strong administrative skills and intellect, as well as his passion for baseball and his desire to help New York City athletes advance to the high school, college and professional levels will always be remembered. The entire New York Baseball Community is forever thankful to Joe for his untiring and dedicated service to the youth of Brooklyn and the outstanding contributions that he made to advance the cause of New York City sandlot baseball over the last 40 years.