It’s a sad day in the Annapolis area, where longtime Capital columnist and sports editor Joe Gross died early Wednesday. He was 72.
Joe was one of the first people I met when I got to Baltimore in 1990. Back then, he was the Annapolis Capital, writing daily columns about sports and local news and just about anything that might be of interest to Annapolitans. Everybody knew him and I’m guessing that everybody liked him, since I never met anyone who didn’t.
He took his Annapolis sports very seriously, covering Navy athletics for 30 years and attending 50 Army-Navy games as either a sportswriter or a fan. He also covered the Orioles, Colts, Redskins and Ravens and was a regular presence around the Baltimore sports scene.
I’ll remember Joe for his distinctive look, particularly the bushy handlebar moustache that was his trademark. I’ll also remember his sense of humor, upbeat attitude and the way he liked to brag on his kids.
Joe won a lot of awards over the course of his career and was named Maryland Sportswriter of the Year three times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.