Ron Pizzanello, a Baseball Life

In 1977, former star catcher at Bulkeley High School and Eastern Connecticut State University, Ron Pizzanello, signed a professional baseball contract with the Colombo Nettuno team of the Italian Baseball League (now known as Serie A1). At the time of his signing, Pizzanello was a member of Vernon Orioles of the GHTBL managed by Frank McCoy. After a hard fought battle with diabetes, Pizzanello has persevered and coached American Legion baseball for South Windsor in the 90’s and 2000. In 2018, Pizzanello came back to the GHTBL as the current manager of the South Windsor Phillies franchise. Also supporting the team with Pizzanello is General Manager of the team and Reading Phillies Hall of Fame inductee, Gary Burnham Jr. as well as the team’s sponsor, Tony Desmond of Allstate Insurance - South Windsor.

GHTBL Career

  • West Hartford Merchants, 1974

  • Vernon Orioles, 1975

  • East Hartford Merchants, 1976

  • Vernon Orioles, 1978 - 1989

  • South Windsor Phillies (Manager), 2018 - present

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Little League Connecticut State Champions, Hartford All Stars

  • All City Baseball Catcher, Bulkeley High School, 1971-72

  • All Conference, Bulkeley High School, 1971-72

  • Captain Bulkeley Varsity Baseball

  • All-Conference Wrestler, Second Team

  • Received a degree from Eastern Connecticut State University

  • Starting varsity catcher, ECSU Baseball, 1974-76

  • Elected Captain, ECSU Baseball, 1976

  • All-New England Second Team Catcher, ECSU Baseball, 1976

  • Inducted into the Bulkeley High School Hall of Fame, 2017