GREATER HARTFORD BASEBALL Timeline


FROM Present Day to 1860.


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2017
Dunkin’ Donuts Park Opens

On Main Street, Hartford the new stadium is home to the Hartford Yard Goats who host their first game on April 11, 2017.
The stadium’s capacity is 6,850.


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2016 - Present
Hartford Yard Goats

As the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies in the Eastern League, the Yard Goats become the first professional baseball club to represent Hartford home since 1952. The Yard Goats spend their 2016 season on the road while Dunkin’ Donuts Park is constructed.



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1997 - 2014


New Britain Rock Cats

New Britain becomes the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins as part of the Eastern League.

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1983 - 1996
New Britain Red Sox

(pictured: 1988 New Britain Red Sox)

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1997
David "Big Papi" Ortiz Plays for the Rock Cats

In his first and only Double-A season, Ortiz compiles a .322 batting average with 14 home runs and 56 RBI in New Britain.



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1973 - 1982
Bristol Red Sox

The Double-A Boston Red Sox affiliate competes in the Eastern League at Muzzy Field (pictured: 1978 Bristol Red Sox - Wade Boggs standing, center).


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1970
Moriarty Brothers Dominates GHTBL

Led by third basemen, Gene Johnson and sponsor Matt Moriarty, the team is comprised of future and former professional ballplayers who would go on to win 18 GHTBL championships over a 25 year span.


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1965
GHTBL Hosts first Old-Timers Day

The alumni played the game at Dillon Stadium in Hartford.


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1945
Savitt Gems Play Host to Babe Ruth

The "Great Bambino" took the final at bat of his playing career in
Hartford, Connecticut, at Bulkeley Stadium.


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1937
Morgan G. Bulkeley elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Inducted 15 years after his death, Bulkeley was the first president of the National League, president of Aetna Insurance Company for 43 years, Governor and Senator of Connecticut, as well as a Civil War veteran.



1930
The Savitt Gems, Champions of the Hartford Twilight League.

Hartford Jewelry Store owner Bill Savitt and his brother Max Savitt, sponsored and managed the team, who were a main attraction for the city and would later become a semi-pro club.


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1929
Hartford Twilight Baseball League Established

Named the "City Independent Twilight League" in its inaugural year, Hartford’s best amateur baseball clubs play all games at Colt Park.


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1920
Babe Ruth Plays at Muzzy Field

"The Bambino" had four hits that day at Muzzy Field beating the New Departure club on Saturday, October 2nd.


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1919
Babe Ruth Homers in Bristol

At Muzzy Field, Ruth blasted a two run homer over the right field fence leading the Red Sox over the Bristol based New Departure club by a score of 6 to 2 on Saturday, September 21.


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1916
Poli Baseball Club

Poli's Theatre sponsored this independent franchise with players from Hartford and East Hartford.


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1915
Hartford Senators

An independent team in the Colonial League led by their player-manager, Frank Delahanty (front, center).


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1906
The Hartford Senators Baseball Team Champions of the Eastern League

James H. Clarkin, (middle, back) was the owner of the Senators from 1904 to 1916.


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1904
Electric Vehicle Company's Ball Team

Electric Vehicle Company competed versus other local manufacturers in the Factory League (later called the Industrial League), one of Hartford's earliest organized amateur baseball leagues.



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1899
Hartford Indians Sign Louis Sockalexis

Sockalexis was the first Native American to play professional baseball in Hartford. He was a dynamic outfielder but he was said to have battled alcoholism leading to a short-lived professional career.


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1884
Connie Mack Begins his Professional Career in Connecticut

Before he became a Hall of Fame manager, Mack was a catcher in the newly formed Connecticut State League for the Meriden club and then the Hartford club in 1885 and 1886.


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1878
Yale University Comes to Hartford to Challenge Harvard University for the Collegiate Championship

Yale loses to Harvard by a score of 16 to 3. Walter Camp (back, tallest) of football fame, is Yale’s team captain.


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1877
Hartford Base Ball Club Moves to Brooklyn

National League officials concludes that the Hartford club will earn a larger profit in Brooklyn and a majority of players on the Hartford team were natives of Brooklyn, including their third baseman player-manager, Bob Ferguson.


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1876
Hartford Dark Blues

Connecticut's first and last Major League club moves to Brooklyn. The inventor of the curveball, Arthur “Candy” Cummings is a member of the Dark Blues (back row, right).


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1875
Hartford Dark Blues Contend for a Title

Led by their player-manager, Bob Ferguson (sitting, center) and the club has their best season, finishing second place in the National Association trailing only the Boston Red Stockings.


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1874
First Professional Game in Hartford

New York Mutuals at Hartford Dark Blues on May 2nd at the Hartford Base Ball Grounds. Hartford won by a score of 10 to 7.


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1874
Hartford Base Ball Club Formed

Led by Gershom B. Hubbell and Morgan G. Bulkeley, the first professional sports franchise is established in Hartford. The team would be later known as the "Hartford Dark Blues".


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1870
Base Ball Convention Held in Hartford

Player-manger for the Charter Oaks, Gershom B. Hubbell hosted the statewide event as President of the Connecticut Base Ball Association.


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1867
The Bat and Ball Published in Hartford for the Second Season

The Bat and Ball was devoted exclusively to ''base ball'' happenings throughout the country (apart from a column on cricket) during the post-Civil War era when the sport, still in its infancy, was booming.


1866
More than 200 teams in Connecticut

Printed in Hartford, "The Bat and Ball" was the first newspaper primarily devoted to baseball and reported a vast number of baseball clubs forming throughout the Greater Hartford area at that time.


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1866
The Bat and Ball Published in Hartford

The popular baseball editorial published in 1866 and 1867 gained national recognition.


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1865
The Charter Oak Base Ball Club

One of Hartford's first organized baseball teams, the Charter Oaks were the best team in the Greater Hartford area.


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1860
The Independent Base Ball Club

The first organized baseball team in Hartford of public record.