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Joseph E. "Joe" Gross, sports editor

Joseph E. "Joe" Gross, sports editor

Joseph E. "Joe" Gross, former sports editor of The Capital in Annapolis who abandoned an engineering career to become a sportswriter, died Wednesday of heart failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was 72.

"Joe was just a delightful person. He enjoyed what he was doing, and it showed," said Jerry Jackson, current sports editor of The Capital.

Joseph Emmanuel Gross was born in Philadelphia and raised in Langhorne, Pa., in Bucks County, where he graduated in 1958 from Neshaminy High School.

Mr. Gross attended Temple University on a baseball scholarship and later dropped out to serve in...