GHTBL History

Established in 1929, the Greater Hartford Twilight Baseball League is one of America's oldest baseball leagues. When the league was formed, the city of Hartford was home to more than a hundred amateur baseball teams made up of local players. In addition to the Hartford Twilight League, the Industrial League, Insurance League, Public Service League, and the Catholic League also competed in the local area. The best teams and amateur ballplayers in the state of Connecticut played in the Hartford Twilight League at Colt Park. During the 1920's and 30's in Hartford, like in most U.S. cities at the time, twilight games served as entertainment for thousands of rooting fans.

Colt Park, Hartford, Connecticut, 1929

Colt Park, Hartford, Connecticut, 1929

The most prolific team in the early years of the league was the Savitt Gems, sponsored and organized by Bill Savitt of Savitt Jewelers at 35 Asylum Street, Hartford. The Gems fielded some of the best ballplayers in New England for two decades. Former Boston Red Sox outfielder Duffy Lewis was a heavy hitter in their lineup. As was George Dixon, a gifted infielder and Walter Berg, a crafty hurler who pitched the Gems to three straight championships from 1930 to 1932. Bill Savitt and his Gems became an independent semi-pro club, known throughout New England for hosting major league clubs in Hartford.

1930 Savitt Gems

1930 Savitt Gems

The Holy Name baseball team also became an outstanding franchise in their own right. The "Names" were the first Hartford Twilight team to advance players into professional baseball; a double-play duo in Bert Meisner and Pete Kapura who signed professional contracts in 1931 with the Hartford Senators of the Eastern League. Holy Name's Jigger Farrell was arguably the best pure hitter in Hartford Twilight history. Farrell was an outstanding first baseman who later played for and managed the Savitt Gems throughout their semi-professional years.

1936 Infielders of the Savitt Gems | L to R: Jigger Farrell, Pete Kapura, Jackie Cronin, and Hop Dandurand

1936 Infielders of the Savitt Gems | L to R: Jigger Farrell, Pete Kapura, Jackie Cronin, and Hop Dandurand

A left-handed hurler named Pete Naktenis of the Mayflower Sales team was the first Hartford Twilight player to make his debut in the Major Leagues. In 1936, Naktenis signed to pitch for Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics. Meanwhile, another fireball pitcher named Johnny Taylor played for the Home Circle team. Barred from Major League Baseball because of the color of his skin, Taylor signed with the New York Cubans of the Negro Leagues in 1935. In a 1937 Negro League All-Star game, Taylor threw a no-hitter against legendary ace, Satchel Paige at the Polo Grounds in a 2-0 win. Taylor was signed to pitch by the Hartford Chiefs of the Boston Braves organization in 1949.

Pete Naktenis, 1936 Philadelphia Athletics | Johnny Taylor, 1937 New York Cubans

Pete Naktenis, 1936 Philadelphia Athletics | Johnny Taylor, 1937 New York Cubans

Due to World War II enlistment in 1937, the GHTBL broke from conventional season play. Many players joined the newly formed East Hartford Twilight League and semi-pro clubs around Connecticut. Bill Savitt and his Savitt Gems lured professional teams and Baseball Hall of Famers to Hartford. In 1935, the Gems earned a 6-4 victory versus Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics and their slugging first baseman, Jimmie Foxx. Dizzy Dean, Leo Durocher, Joe Medwick and the St. Louis Cardinals, Bob Feller and the Cleveland Indians, Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Monarchs all played against the Savitt Gems at Bulkeley Stadium during this time.

1940 Savitt Gems | L to R: John Dione, Ed Holly, Jake Banks and Ray Curry 

1940 Savitt Gems | L to R: John Dione, Ed Holly, Jake Banks and Ray Curry 

On September 29, 1942, Theodore Samuel "Ted" Williams played left field for the Gems versus the New Britain Cremos. "The Kid" batted clean-up, went 2 for 3 on the day, and hit a game-winning solo home run in a 2-1 contest. On September 30, 1945, Bill Savitt welcomed George Herman "Babe" Ruth to Hartford for the Gems in a post-war charity game at Bulkeley Stadium. At 50 years of age, Ruth put on a powerful home run hitting display in batting practice. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter and grounded out to the pitcher. Babe Ruth's cameo with the Gems would mark the Great Bambino's final appearance in a ballgame.

1945 Savitt Gems with Babe Ruth

1945 Savitt Gems with Babe Ruth

The summer of 1946 brought Twilight League action back to the Greater Hartford area after a nine year hiatus. Teams like Lenny's YT, West Hartford Merchants, and the Columbias featured skillful players, many of whom had just returned home from war. Another talented team of servicemen was the 1949 Nutmeg Dukes; the first African-American entry into the GHTBL. The following year, the Dukes won the 1950 regular season and playoff championships. The Dukes' star shortstop, Hal Lewis went on to play professional baseball after signing with the Boston Braves in 1951.

1951 St. Cyril's

1951 St. Cyril's

The 50's and 60's marked an era of growth for the GHTBL. Twilight players Moe Drabowsky of Windsor, Nick Koback of Hartford and Joey Jay of Middletown signed professional contracts and had successful careers in the Majors. Many more professional players would follow and yet the league retained its highly competitive status. Perhaps no team was more competitive than St. Cyril's who won 5 championships from 1951 to 1960. The St. Cyril's squad was coached by long-time Manager, Ed Kostek and the team was comprised of star athletes such as pitcher, Al Phelon, veteran catcher, Bill George and speedy outfielder, Ed Samolyk.

1953 Pratt & Whitney Aircraft

1953 Pratt & Whitney Aircraft

During this time, manufacturing corporations such as Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, Hamilton Standard, and Valco Machine sponsored teams in the league and dominated the standings. From 1953 to 1957 Pratt & Whitney earned a total of 6 league and playoff championships led by their Manager and former big leaguer, John "Bunny" Roser. Standout players for P & W Aircraft included Paul Chicon, a strong hitting outfielder, and Parker Swan, a commanding pitcher. Hamilton Standard outdid their Aircraft rivals by winning 8 championships from 1955 to 1966 behind their star catcher and player-manager, Wally Widholm.

1958 Hamilton Standard

1958 Hamilton Standard

In 1964, Moriarty Brothers franchise began their domination of the league. Moriarty's was sponsored by a car dealership owner and GTHBL Hall of Famer, Matt Moriarty of Manchester. Nicknamed the “Comets” for their fast play, Moriarty Brothers was stacked with former professional ballplayers. Moriarty's was steered by pitchers like Pete Sala, Leverette Spencer, John Serafini and Dave Bidwell and the batting of, Bob Carlson, Jim Balesano, Leo Veleas, Rich Riordan and their MVP player-manager, Gene Johnson. The Comets hold an all-time Hartford Twiliht record of 24 total championships from 1964 to 1988.

1970 Moriarty Brothers

1970 Moriarty Brothers

Gene Johnson compiled a record 57 years in the league as a succuessful player and manager. Johnson entered the league with St. Cyril's in 1953 while attending Manchester High School at the age of 17. He would soon chase his professional baseball dreams after high school in 1955, signing with the New York Giants and embarking on a seven year minor league career. In 1962, Johnson was playing in the Milwaukee Braves organization when he was demoted to a Class B affiliate despite hitting .315. Rather than report, Johnson returned to Connecticut to raise a family with his wife Helen.

Gene Johnson, GHTBL Hall of Famer

Gene Johnson, GHTBL Hall of Famer

Johnson's professional days came to a close but his Hartford Twilight career was just getting started again. He played for Moriarty Brothers, later becoming Newman Lincoln-Mercury, and assumed the role of player-manager in 1962. Johnson won 34 championships, 4 batting titles and was named "Player of the Half Century" in 1982. He was a third baseman and a fierce competitor who played well into his 50's and managed until 2014. Johnson passed away on November 10, 2014. In 2015, Gene's long-time franchise, then named Foss Insurance, won the playoff championship in his honor.

2015 Foss Insurance

2015 Foss Insurance

In the 1970's and 1980's other franchises managed to capture league titles. the Bristol Cassins and Society for Savings franchises earned multiple championships. The Cassins were led by Manager Joseph Lowery and his MVP award winners; third baseman, Luke Lamboley and pitcher, Michael Beaudoin. Society for Savings fielded strong teams manned by the likes of Mark Riemer, Tim Zerio, David Gale and Kevin Gieras. Then the Newington Capitols came along in 1987 and won 5 playoff championships in six years. Newington also achieved 8 regular season championships from 1989 to 1998 led by the pitching of Dave Sacco and the hitting of Kevin Beaudoin.

1984 GHTBL action

In 1966, Frank McCoy Sr. formed, sponsored, and managed the Vernon Orioles. McCoy, a Hartford attorney and later a four-term Mayor of Vernon, managed the team until 1998. "Mr. Vernon Oriole" served as GHTBL Vice President until his passing in 2010. In his last few years, McCoy would sit on the sideline cheering on his beloved Vernon Orioles as their sponsor and "10th man". He was inducted into the GHTBL Hall of Fame as one of the most passionate supporters the league ever had. Thanks to McCoy, the Vernon Orioles are now the longest running GHTBL franchise of all-time.

Frank J. McCoy Field at Henry Park, Vernon, Connecticut

Frank J. McCoy Field at Henry Park, Vernon, Connecticut

Since 1976, Tom Abbruzzese has managed winning baseball clubs in the Hartford Twilight. Abbruzzese initially managed Society for Savings Bank with his brother, Mike Abbruzzese. Society for Savings eventually became the People’s United Bank team in the year 2000. The Abbruzzese franchise has amassed 15 playoff and regular season championships. He has recruited and advanced numerous professional ballplayers to and from the Hartford Twilight on a regular basis. With Abbruzzese at the helm, People's United Bank is a perennial contender for league supremacy.

People's United Bank

People's United Bank

2004 marked the 75th anniversary of the Greater Hartford Twilight Baseball League. That year, the Bristol Merchants began their run of success, winning a total of 9 championships in 6 years. The Meriden Merchants, now named the Meriden Expos, have earned 4 league titles since 2006. From 2011 to 2013, the Ferguson Waterworks franchise, now the Ulbrich Clippers, won 3 consecutive playoff championships. The East Hartford Jets, who have been in the league since 1970, are seeking thier fifth championship. Most recently, the GHTBL's oldest franchise, the Vernon Orioles have won 5 consecutive season titles.




Professional Players

Major League | Minor League | Independent | Negro Leagues

2010’s

Chris Denorfia, OF, Chicago Cubs
Scott Oberg, P, Colorado Rockies
A.J. Pollock, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris DeMorais, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
Pat Egan, P, Baltimore Orioles
Doug Elliot, C, Milwaukee Brewers
Mike Hepple, P, New York Mets
Justin Morhardt, C, Atlanta Braves
Tyler Olander, P, Toronto Blue Jays
Bryan Rembisz, P, Los Angeles Angels
Scott Rembisz, P, Florida Marlins
Cory Riordan, P, Colorado Rockies
Alex Smith, P, New York Yankees
Patrick Barnett, P, Great Bend Boom
Jason Byers, P, Rockland Boulders
Shawn Gilblair, P, New Britain Bees
Matt Grosso, OF, Windy City ThunderBolts
Kevin Jefferis, P, Gateway Grizzles
James Kukucka, P, Les Capitales de Quebec
Steve Landell, P, Sydney Blue Sox
Will Musson, P, Montpellier Barracudas
John Parke, 2B, Brockton Rox
Matt Purnell, P, Washington WildThings
Kevin Putkonen, OF, New Britain Bees
Jeff Rustico, C, Worcester Tornadoes

Scott Oberg

Scott Oberg

A.J. Pollock

A.J. Pollock

Cory Riordan

Cory Riordan

2000's

Pete Walker, P, Toronto Blue Jays
Matt Arburr, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals
Justin Blood, P, Seattle Mariners
Scott Bukowski, OF, Chicago White Sox
Brett Burnham, 2B, San Diego Padres
Parrish Castor, P, Florida Marlins
Clarke Caudill, OF, Boston Red Sox
Ryan DiPietro, P, Kansas City Royals
Doug Fink, P, Boston Red Sox
Joseph Funaro, SS, Flordia Marlins
Rob Hosgood, OF, Colorado Rockies
Mike Leonard, C, Boston Red Sox
T.R. Marcinczyk, 1B, Oakland Athletics
Scott Martin, P, Los Angeles Dodgers
Jason Maule, 2B, Houston Astros
Kurt Piantek, 1B, Detroit Tigers
Kevin Rival, P, Milwaukee Brewers
Scott Roy, P, Toronto Blue Jays
Joe Serfass, P, New York Mets
John Skinner, P, Florida Marlins
Matt Hackney, C, New Haven County Cutters
Charlie Hesseltine, P, Atlantic City Surf
Chris Klepps, 2B, Windy City ThunderBolts
John Kubachka, 1B, Johnstown Johnnies
Nick Macellero, SS, Florence Freedom
Ryan Pacyna, P, New Jersey Jackals
Chris Sawyer, OF, Berkshire Black Bears
Jarrett Stawarz, P, New Haven County Cutters
Dan Trubia, 2B, New Haven County Cutters

Pete Walker

Pete Walker

Matt Arburr

Matt Arburr

Ryan DiPietro

Ryan DiPietro

Jason Maule

Jason Maule

1990's

Jeff Bagwell, 1B, Houston Astros
Ricky Bottalico, P, Philadelphia Phillies
Rob Dibble, P, Cincinatti Reds
Chris Petersen, SS, Colorado Rockies
Michael Raczka, P, Oakland Athletics
Bernie Williams, OF, New York Yankees
Gary Burnham, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies
Kyle Cooney, C, Los Angeles Dodgers
Mark Czarkowski, P, Seattle Mariners
Tom D'Aquila, OF, Baltimore Oriioles
Angel Davila, SS, New York Mets
Marek Drabinksi, C, Altana Braves
Ray Fagnant, C, Boston Red Sox
Bill Gale, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
John Giudice, OF, Colorado Rockies
Mike Johnson, 2B, New York Mets
Bill Masse, OF, New York Yankees
Basilio Ortiz, OF, Baltimore Orioles
Billy Rich, OF, Detroit Tigers
Kevin Riggs, 2B, Cincinatti Reds
Michael, Sciortino, 1B, New York Mets
Brian Specyalski, 2B, California Angels
Dave Swanson, P, New York Mets
Chris Thomas, C, Milwaukee Brewers
Brad Tweedlie, P, Boston Red Sox
Eric White, P, Atlanta Braves
Trevor Brown, P, Johnstown Steal
Paul Caccavale, P, Rochester Aces
Sean Conlin, P, Massachusetts Mad Dogs
Bobby Douglas, P, Waterbury Spirit
Kevin Gieras, P, Johnstown Steal
David Guild, OF, Salt Lake City Trappers
Jerry Hasler, P, Albany Diamond Dogs
Christopher Hayes, P, Newburgh Night Hawks
Michael Holland, SS, Erie Sailors
Aries Leonard, OF, Newark Bison
Adam Poturnicki, P, Helena Brewers
Jose Soler, 2B, Niagra Falls Mallards
Bob Stefanik, 2B, Lethbridge Mounties
Chris Strahowski, P, Waterbury Spirit
Matthew Wilson, 2B, Mohawk Valley Landsharks

Jeff Bagwell

Jeff Bagwell

Ricky Bottalico

Ricky Bottalico

Rob Dibble

Rob Dibble

Michael Raczka

Michael Raczka

Bernie Williams

Bernie Williams

Gary Burnham

Gary Burnham

1980's

Greg Jelks, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies
Scott Arigoni, P, St. Louis Cardinals
Thomas Banner, 3B, Baltimore Orioles
Jose Birriel, 1B, Boston Red Sox
Jeff Brewer, P, Chicago Cubs
Robert Bruzik, OF, Seatlle Mariners
Ernie Carr, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers
Brian Crowley, OF, Texas Rangers
Peter Duglenski, OF, Cincinatti Reds
Allan Garray, C, Kansas City Royals
Ralph Giansanti Jr., SS, Atlanta Braves
Roberto Giansiracusa, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
Russell Greeen, P, Atlanta Braves
Pat Hedge, OF, Baltimore Orioles
Jeff Howes, P, New York Mets
Pat Jelks, OF, Boston Red Sox
Jeff Johnson, 1B, Atlanta Braves
Greg Karpuk, P, Cleveland Indians
Jerry LaPenta, 1B, Chicago Cubs
Randy LaVigne, OF, Chicago Cubs
Michael Malley, P, Cincinatti Reds
Paul Martineau, 1B, Montreal Expos
Jeff Massicotte, P, Chicago Cubs
Thomas Meucci, OF, Baltimore Orioles
Greg Morhardt, 1B, Minnesota Twins
Jim O'Connor, C, St. Louis Cardinals
Bill Phillips, P, Chicago Cubs
Steven Roath, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
Michael Schweighoffer, P, Los Angeles Dodgers
Jim Snediker, P, Boston Red Sox
John Tuozzo, P, New York Mets
Carl Vasquez, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Mark Winters, P, San Francisco Giants
Dan Frye, 3B, Utica Blue Sox
Darryl Morhardt, 1B, Butte Copper Kings

Greg Jelks

Greg Jelks

Ralph Giansanti Jr.

Ralph Giansanti Jr.

Pat Hedge

Pat Hedge

Jim Snediker

Jim Snediker

Greg Morhardt

Greg Morhardt

1970's

John Caneira, P, California Angels
Jay Johnstone, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
Skip Jutze, C, Houston Astros
Paul Baretta, SS, New York Yankees
Michael Beaudoin, 2B, Texas Rangers
John Curry, 2B, New York Mets
Theodore DeMaio, C, San Francisco Giants
Richard Fusari, P, Philadelphia Phillies
David Gale, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies
Jack Hamilton, SS, Boston Red Sox
Frank Harris, P, Oakland Athletics
Matthew Hukill, C, Boston Red Sox
Richard Katz, OF, Baltimore Orioles
Gary LaRocque, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers
Michael Leveton, P, Pittsburgh Pirates
Richard Magner, C, Los Angeles Dodgers
Brian Murphy, P, New York Yankees
William Piantek, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies
Michael Pitruzzello, OF, Baltimore Orioles
John Porteus, OF, Cleveland Indians
Mark Riemer, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Christopher Ryba, P, New York Mets
Martin Ryczek, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies
John Sielicki, P, San Francisco Giants
John Sitarz, SS, Boston Red Sox
Francis Spadola, 3B, Boston Rd Sox
Leo Veleas, OF, Boston Red Sox
Anthony Verano, P, St. Louis Cardinals
James Curnias, OF, Beevile Blazers
Ron Pizzanello, C, Danesi Nettuno

John Caneira

John Caneira

Jay Johnstone

Jay Johnstone

Skip Jutze

Skip Jutze

Frank Harris

Frank Harris

1960's

Bill Denehy, P, Detroit Tigers
Moe Morhardt, 1B, Chicago Cubs
Tom Shopay, OF, New York Yankees
Gary Waslewski, P, Boston Red Sox
Robert Blinn, C, Philadelphia Phillies
Rusty Brooder, P, Cleveland Indians
Dennis Casey, C, San Francisco Giants
Bob Carlson, P, San Francisco Giants
Dave Cichon, C, St. Louis Cardinals
Alfonso Cole, P, Baltimore Orioles
Kenneth Cullum, OF, Milwaukee Braves
Harold DeMars, P, Milwaukee Braves
Michael Garbeck, P, Los Angeles Dodgers
Matthew Gayeski, P, San Francisco Giants
Michael Gerich, OF, New York Mets
Brian Hamernick, OF, San Francisco Giants
Luke Lamboley, SS, New York Yankees
Gary Lindholtz, P, Cincinatti Reds
Ronald Liptak, SS, Milwaukee Braves
Walter Marek, P, Cleveland Indians
Richard McGill, SS, Minnesota Twins
Ronald Morissette, 2B, Boston Red Sox
Richard Napoletano, OF, Cleveland Indians
Michael Nyquist, 1B, Baltimore Orioles
James Partyka, P, Boston Red Sox
Allen Phelon, P, Detroit Tigers
Thomas Proctor, 2B, New York Mets
Alan George Putz, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals
Gene Reilly, P, San Francisco Giants
John Risley, P, Cleveland Indians
Russell Rotko, P, St. Louis Cardinals
Richard Satagaj, SS, San Francisco Giants
Robert Snyder, OF, California Angels
James Spanswick, P, Boston Red Sox
Sonny Thomas, OF, Milwaukee Braves
Edward Wojcik, C, Chicago White Sox
Robert Neubauer, OF, Quincy Gems

Bill Denehy

Bill Denehy

Moe Morhardt

Moe Morhardt

Tom Shopay

Tom Shopay

Gary Waslewski

Gary Waslewski

Bob Carlson

Bob Carlson

1950's

Art Ditmar, P, New York Yankees
Moe Drabowsky, P, Chicago Cubs
Joey Jay, P, Milwaukee Braves
Nick Koback, C, Pittsburgh Pirates
George Bielik, P, Brooklyn Dodgers
George Case, P, San Francisco Giants
John Dennis, P, St. Louis Cardinals
Don Deveau, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates
Joseph Haberl, P, New York Giants
Larry Hutnick, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
Gene Johnson, 3B, Milwaukee Braves
Thomas Keenan, P, Detroit Tigers
Richard Kowalczyk, 2B, Cleveland Indians
Richard "Dick" Kelly, P, Milwaukee Braves
Charles Koblinski, P, Brooklyn Dodgers
William Kunkle, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
Harold Lewis, SS, Boston Braves
John Liptak, C, New York Yankees
Bob Marianella, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Jack McGowan, OF, Baltimore Orioles
Edward McHugh, 2B, Milwaukee Braves
David Musco, OF, Milwaukee Braves
Joseph Perrotta, P, Pittsburgh Pirates
Alfred Plosky, P, Boston Red Sox
Bill Porter, 1B, Milwaukee Braves
Donald Reimer, 1B, New York Yankees
George Risley, 3B, Detroit Tigers
Gordon Royce, P, Kansas City Athletics
Edward Samolyk, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
Leverette Spencer, P, St. Louis Cardinals
Fred Vogel, P, Milwaukee Braves
Wally Widholm, C, Milwaukee Braves
Charles Wrinn, P, Milwaukee Braves
Thomas Yankus, P, New York Yankees
Len Zanke, OF, Chicago White Sox
Paul Zaremba, P, San Francisco Giants
Julio Aramini, P, Panama City Fliers
George Archambault, OF, El Dorado Oilers
Jack Bordieri, P, Cocoa Indians
Libro Chiaputti, 3B, El Dorado Oilers
Dick Fitzpatrick, 3B, Trois-Rivieres Yankees
Alan Hedin, P, Tifton Blue Sox
Raymond Papolio, 2B, Fond du Lac Panthers
Ralph Wailer, P, Corning Independents

Art Ditmar

Art Ditmar

Moe Drabowsky

Moe Drabowsky

Joey Jay

Joey Jay

Nick Koback

Nick Koback

Gene Johnson

Gene Johnson

Harold Lewis

Harold Lewis

1940's

Monk Dubiel, P, Chicago Cubs
Bob Repass, 2B, Washington Senators
George Woodend, P, Boston Braves
Tom Bergamini, 1B, Cincinatti Reds
Richard Blow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates
John Chomick, OF, Detroit Tigers
Art Clune, C, Washington Senators
Dan DeLuccia, 1B, Boston Braves
Peter Dimanno, P, New York Giants
John Dione, C, Boston Braves
Jerry Dunnack, OF, Boston Red Sox
Pat Fiske, P, Boston Red Sox
Russell Gagnon, SS, Chicago Cubs
Ralph Giansanti Sr., SS, Brooklyn Dodgers
Gordon Guy, OF, Boston Red Sox
Fred Hensley, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals
Hugh Hunter, OF, Boston Braves
Bill Landers, 1B, New York Yankees
Ted Mrozowski, P, Cleveland Indians
Ed Maslauskas, 2B, Boston Braves
John Pearston, 3B, Boston Braves
John Piurek, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies
Matthew Pliszka, C, Philadelphia Phillies
Ralph Schumey, SS, Boston Braves
Bill Scully, P, Philadelphia Phillies
John Scully, P, Brooklyn Dodgers
Emil Stoecker, SS, Boston Braves
Parker Swan, P, Philadelphia Athletics
Adam Twarkins, P, Philadelphia Phillies
Louis Usich, P, Boston Braves
Gerald Wilson, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
John Edward Cox, C, St. Augustine Saints
Joseph Leahy, 2B, Utiva Braves
Leo Marcil, P, DeLand Red Hats
Joseph Owens, P, Newburgh Hummingbirds
Daniel Zazzaro, SS, Wilmington Pirates
Charles McMeans, P, Birmingham Black Barons

Monk Dubiel

Monk Dubiel

Bob Repass

Bob Repass

George Woodend

George Woodend

John Dione

John Dione

Emil Stoecker

Emil Stoecker

1930's

Pete Naktenis, P, Philadelphia Athletics
Thomas Earley, P, Boston Braves
Jake Banks, OF, Cincinnati Reds
William Calusine, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals
Max Festa, C, Chicago White Sox
James Francoline, P, St. Louis Cardinals
William George, C, St. Louis Cardinals
Albert Gurske, P, New York Yankees
Sam Hyman, P, Brooklyn Dodgers
George Kapura, 3B, New York Giants
Mickey Katkaveck, C, St. Louis Cardinals
Walter Klarman, P, Boston Braves
John "Jackie" Kelly, P, New York Giants
Ed Kukulka, P, New York Yankees
George LaPointe, 3B, Washington Senators
Frank Orefice, C, New York Giants
Bruno Perzan, P, Boston Braves
Edward Cottone, 2B, Taft Cardinals
Robert Cronin, P, New Haven Bulldogs
Pete Kapura, 2B, Hartford Senators
Bert Meisner, SS, Hartford Senators
Johnny Miller, P, Hartford Senators
Johnny Taylor, P, New York Cubans

Sam Hyman

Sam Hyman

Pete Kapura

Pete Kapura

Mickey Katkaveck

Mickey Katkaveck

1920's

George "Duffy" Lewis, OF, Boston Red Sox
John "Bunny" Roser, OF, Boston Braves
Ed Walsh, P, Chicago White Sox
Hal Beagle, OF, Talladega Indians
Walter Berg, P, New Haven Profs
John Campion, 1B, Willimantic Colts
Walter Dunham, C, Milwaukee Brewers
Art Gustafson, P, Haverhill Hillies
Bernie Hayden, P, New Haven Profs
Al Huband, C, Hartford Senators
Hal Justin P, Reading Marines
Frank "Red" Putnam, 2B, Waterbury Brasscos

Duffy Lewis

Duffy Lewis

Ed Walsh

Ed Walsh

2015 GHTBL All-Star Team

2015 GHTBL All-Star Team


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Playoff Champions


Vernon Orioles at McKenna Field
Foss Insurance at McKenna Field
Meriden Merchants at Mckenna Field
Ferguson Waterworks at McKenna Field
Ferguson Waterworks at McKenna Field
Ferguson Waterworks at McKenna Field
Meriden Merchants at McKenna Field
Bristol Merchants at McKenna Field
Meriden Merchants at McKenna Field
Bristol Merchants at McKenna Field
People's United Bank at McKenna Field
Bristol Merchants at McKenna Field
Bristol Merchants at McKenna Field
Newman Lincoln-Mercury at McKenna Field
People's United Bank at McKenna Field
People's United Bank at McKenna Field
People's United Bank at McKenna Field
Vernon Orioles at McKenna Field
Newington Capitols at McKenna Field
Newman Lincoln-Mercury at McKenna Field
Vernon Orioles at McKenna Field
Newman Lincoln-Mercury at Mount Nebo Park
Newman Lincoln-Mercury at Mount Nebo Park
Society For Savings at McKenna Field
Newington Capitols at Mount Nebo Park
Newington Capitols at Mount Nebo Park
Newington Capitols at Mount Nebo Park
Newington Capitols at Mount Nebo Park
Moriarty Brothers at Palmer Field
Newington Capitols at Mount Nebo Park
Mallove's Jewelers at Mount Nebo Park
Society For Savings at Mount Nebo Park
Moriarty Brothers at Palmer Field
Society For Savings at Palmer Field
Society For Savings at Willow Brook Park
Katz Sports Shop at St. Thomas Seminary
Moriarty Brothers at St. Thomas Seminary
Moriarty Brothers at St. Thomas Seminary
Bristol Cassins at St. Thomas Seminary
Moriarty Brothers at St. Thomas Seminary
Bristol Cassins at St. Thomas Seminary
Moriarty Brothers at St. Thomas Seminary
Bristol Cassins at St. Thomas Seminary
New Britain Falcons at St. Thomas Seminary
Moriarty Brothers at St. Thomas Seminary
Moriarty Brothers at St. Thomas Seminary
Moriarty Brothers at Sterling Field
Moriarty Brothers at Colt Park
Moriarty Brothers at Dillon Stadium
Moriarty Brothers at Dillon Stadium
Hamilton Standard at Dillon Stadium
Moriarty Brothers at Dillon Stadium
Valco Machine at Colt Park
Hamilton Standard at Dillon Stadium
Hamilton Standard at Dillon Stadium
Valco Machine at Dillon Stadium
Valco Machine at Dillon Stadium
Riley's Redlegs at Dillon Stadium
Hamilton Standard at Dillon Stadium
Pratt & Whitney Aircraft at Dillon Stadium
St. Cyril’s at Dillon Stadium
Hamilton Standard at Municipal Stadium
Pratt & Whitney Aircraft at Municipal Stadium
Pratt & Whitney Aircraft at Colt Park
Wethersfield A.C. at Municipal Stadium
St. Cyril’s at Colt Park
Nutmeg Dukes at Colt Park
Columbia AC at Bulkeley Stadium
West Hartford Merchants at Bulkeley Stadium
Lenny’s YT at Bulkeley Stadium
West Hartford Legion at Colt Park

No GHTBL due to World War II Enlistment

Venetian Barbers at Goodwin Park
Tuckel’s Radio Rhymers at Municipal Stadium
Tuckel’s Radio Rhymers at Colt Park
Mayflower Sales at Bulkeley Stadium
Savitt Gems at Bulkeley Stadium
Savitt Gems at Bulkeley Stadium
Savitt Gems at Bulkeley Stadium
Economy Grocery at Bulkeley Stadium

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1937 to 1945

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Season Champions


Vernon Orioles
Vernon Orioles
Vernon Orioles
Vernon Orioles
Ferguson Waterworks
Foss Insurance & People's United Bank
Bristol Merchants
Bristol Merchants
Vernon Orioles
Bristol Merchants
Bristol Merchants, Vernon Orioles and Meriden
Bristol Merchants and Foss Insurance
Vernon Orioles
Newman Lincoln-Mercury
Mr. G's
People's United Bank
Newman Lincoln-Mercury
Newman Lincoln-Mercury
Newington Capitols and East Hartford Jets
Newington Capitols
East Hartford Jets
Newington Capitols
Newington Capitols
Newington Capitols
East Hartford Jets
Newington Capitols
Newington Capitols
Newington Capitols
Moriarty Brothers
Superior Ford
Mallove's Jewelers
Moriarty Brothers
Society For Savings
Society For Savings
Katz Sports Shop
Moriarty Brothers and Katz Sports Shop
Moriarty Brothers
Society For Savings
Bristol Cassins
Hartford Jai-Alai
East Hartford Merchants
Moriarty Brothers
Moriarty Brothers
Hartford Insurance Group
Hartford Insurance Group
Moriarty Brothers and New Britain Falcons
Moriarty Brothers
Moriarty Brothers
Herb's Sport Shop
Moriarty Brothers
Valco Machine
Moriarty Brothers
Moriarty Brothers
Hamilton Standard
Hamilton Standard
Valco Machine
St. Cyril’s
Riley's Redlegs
Hamilton Standard
St. Cyril’s
Bloomfield Townies
Pratt & Whitney Aircraft
Pratt & Whitney Aircraft
Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and Puritan Maids
Manchester British-Americans
St. Cyril’s
Nutmeg Dukes
Columbia AC
West Hartford Merchants
Lenny’s YT
Lenny’s YT

No GHTBL due to World War II Enlistment

Venetian Barbers
Tuckel’s Radio Rhymers and Mayflower Sales
Tuckel’s Radio Rhymers
Mayflower Sales
Savitt Gems
Holy Name
Savitt Gems
Economy Grocery and Savitt's Cardinals