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13 April 2020

Sports photographer Anthony Causi, who covered the Yankees, Mets, Giants, Knicks and Rangers during his career with the New York Post, died yesterday from Covid-19 at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. He was 48.

Causi was raised in Brooklyn's Bensonhurst neighborhood, attending local schools including Lafayette High School before enrolling in Pace University in Manhattan.

He began his career in 1994 as a photo messenger and quickly rose to become a photo editor at the Post. But he wanted to be part of the action, so he bought himself a camera and shot the games with an intensity few others demonstrated, according to his peers.

He left Brooklyn for Long Island to raise his own family but remained "the quintessential New Yorker at heart," according to Jason Zillo, Yankees vice president of communications and media relations.

"And it was a huge heart," Zillo added. "I don't know how it fit on his sleeve."

Stephen Lynch, the newspaper's editor-in-chief, released a statement honoring Causi:

Anthony Causi was our colleague, our friend and a brilliant journalist. He was, quite simply, one of the best sports photographers in New York City, capturing all the major moments of the past 25 years. Soft-spoken, funny, but most of all kind -- he was respected by those he photographed and admired by those with whom he worked.

"Do you know how many athletes reached out when they heard he was sick?" Lynch said. "Players from every team, sending thoughts, hoping he was going to be all right."

Texas Rangers infielder Todd Frazier, who played for both the Yankees and Mets, said,"God found his angel photographer, that's for sure."

Marc Carig eulogized him in The Athletic:

You knew when Causi was around. If you didn't say hello first, he would. His voice boomed. He was always moving, buzzing around the place, whether it be in blazing heat or freezing cold. His uniform was often a t-shirt, shorts and gear, lots of gear, all of it hanging off of him like ornaments on a Christmas tree. He might be in the photo well or shooting from above or on his belly on the ground for the right angle. But wherever he was, Causi was always on, always chasing the perfect image. He did it with an easy laugh and a knack for being in the right place at the right time.

His most famous image is of Yankee reliever Mariano Rivera running onto the field at Yankee stadium from the bullpen in 2006.

Causi had been battling coronavirus for the past three weeks and captured his fight on camera. He wrote:

I never thought I would get something like this. I though I was indestructible. If I do make it out of here, I promise you this: the world's not going to know what hit it.

Causi is survived by his wife, Romina, and two children, John and Mia. A GoFundMe page has been set up for his family.

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