The Hartford Poli's were the class semi-professional team in the Greater Hartford area. The team was formed in 1909. They were sponsored by Poli’s Theatre and Sylvester Z. Poli, the world’s largest individual theater owner who started his business in New Haven, Connecticut. Their manager was a veteran second baseman named Curtis Gillette. Manager Gillette was raised in New Haven but came to Hartford in 1911 pursuing a baseball career. Gillette was named player-manager of the Poli’s and he led them to unprecedented success.