GREATER HARTFORD BASEBALL Timeline
FROM Present Day to 1860.
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.
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.
1997 - 2014
New Britain Rock Cats
New Britain becomes the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins as part of the Eastern League.
1983 - 1996
New Britain Red Sox
(pictured: 1988 New Britain Red Sox)
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.
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).
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.
GHTBL Hosts first Old-Timers Day
The alumni played the game at Dillon Stadium in Hartford.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Poli Baseball Club
Poli's Theatre sponsored this independent franchise with players from Hartford and East Hartford.
An independent team in the Colonial League led by their player-manager, Frank Delahanty (front, center).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
The Bat and Ball Published in Hartford
The popular baseball editorial published in 1866 and 1867 gained national recognition.
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.
The Independent Base Ball Club
The first organized baseball team in Hartford of public record.