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Vincent Marotta Sr., who invented the Mr. Coffee machine along with Samuel Glazer, died last weekend at age 91.

Even more interesting, is this little fact - Marotta was a former professional football player who also had signed with the St. Louis cardinals baseball team, personally recruited Joe DiMaggio to do television ads for Mr. Coffee ... a decision, it could be argued, that was instrumental in the enormous success of the brand when it was introduced.
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