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Aug 10 2007

Sportscaster DeMaro recovering from “scary” incident


“It was dark blood,” says Rocco DeMaro, “scary blood.” And it was running down the left side of his head after the WPGB-FM (104.7) sportscaster was hit by an errant softball at a game in Robinson Township on July 1.

DeMaro, who hosts the “Extra Innings” Pirates post-game show, was rushed to Allegheny General Hospital, North Side, where doctors told him he had five skull fractures, a concussion and a punctured ear drum. Maybe scariest of all for a broadcaster, he also had suffered damage to the part of the brain that controls speech communication — meaning he had a hard time speaking and writing.

The outpouring of support from the station and the Pirates has been overwhelming, says DeMaro, 29, who is making a miraculous recovery and hopes to return to work Sept. 1.

Joe Starkey had details in the Tribune-Review.