GREATER HARTFORD BASEBALL Timeline
Baseball In Greater Hartford FROM 1860 TO TODAY
1860 - The Independent Base Ball Club
The first officially organized baseball team in Hartford.
1865 - The Charter Oak Base Ball Club
One of Hartford's first organized baseball teams.
1866 - "The Bat and Ball" Published in Hartford
The popular baseball editorial was publish in 1866 and 1867.
1866 - More than 200 Baseball Clubs in Connecticut
Printed in Hartford, "The Bat and Ball" was the first newspaper primarily devoted to baseball and reported a vast number of baseball teams forming throughout the local area at that time.
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.
1870 - Base Ball Convention Held in Hartford
Player-manger for the Charter Oak ball club, Gershom B. Hubbell hosted the statewide event as President of the Connecticut Base Ball Association.
1874 - Hartford Base Ball Club Formed
Led by Gershom B. Hubbell and Morgan G. Bulkeley, the first professional baseball franchise is established in Hartford. The team would be later known as the "Hartford Dark Blues".
1874 - First Professional Game in Hartford
New York Mutuals at Hartford.
1875 - Hartford Dark Blues
The team had their best season, finishing second place in the National Association trailing only the Boston Red Stockings.
1876 - Hartford Dark Blues
Connecticut's first and last Major League club moves to Brooklyn. The inventor of the curveball, Candy Cummings is pictured (back row, right).
1877 - Hartford Base Ball Club Moves to Brooklyn
A majority of players on the Hartford team were natives of Brooklyn, including their manager and third baseman, Bob Ferguson.
1885 - Connie Mack Begins his Professional Career in Connecticut
Before he became a Hall of Fame manager, Mack was a catcher in the Connecticut State League for the Meriden and Hartford baseball clubs.
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 and had a short-lived career.
1904 - Electric Vehicle Company's Ball Team
E.V. Co. competed in the Factory League, one of Hartford's earliest amateur baseball leagues.
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.
1915 - Hartford Senators
An independent team in the Colonial League.
1916 - Poli Baseball Club
Poli's Theatre sponsored this independent East Hartford based franchise.
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.
1920 - Babe Ruth Plays Game for the Poli's
"The Bambino" had four hits that day at Muzzy Field beating the New Departure club on Saturday, October 2nd.
1929 - The Greater Hartford Twilight Baseball League is Established
First named the "City Independent Twilight League" teams would play all games at Colt Park in Hartford.
1930 - Savitt Gems Begin Run of Success the Hartford Twilight League Title
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.
1945 - Savitt Gems Host Babe Ruth
The "Bambino" took the final at bat of playing career in
Hartford, Connecticut at Bulkeley Stadium.
1965 - Hartford Twilight League Hosts first Old-Timers Day
The alumni played the game at Dillon Stadium in Hartford.
1970 - Moriarty Brothers Dominates Greater Hartford Twilight League
Led by slugging third basemen, Gene Johnson, and sponsor Matt Moriarty, each year the team was comprised of future and former professional players winning several twilight championships over a 25 year span.
1973 to 1982 - Bristol Red Sox
Bristol played at Muzzy Field and was the double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox in the Eastern League (photo is of the 1978 Bristol Red Sox - Wade Boggs back row, center).
1983 to 2015 - New Britain Rock Cats
The Rock Cats were the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins as part of the Eastern League.
1997 - David "Big Papi" Ortiz Plays for the New Britain Rock Cats
In his first Double-A season, Ortiz hit for a .322 average with 14 home runs and 56 RBI and was promoted to the Minnesota Twins.
2017 - Hartford Yard Goats Come Home to Dunkin' Donuts Park
As the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies in the Eastern League, the Yard Goats are the first professional baseball club to play in Hartford since 1952.