Bulkeley Hall Of Fame Starts With … Morgan Bulkeley
Morgan G. Bulkeley was president of Aetna Life Insurance Company from 1879 until his death in 1922. He was mayor of Hartford from 1880-1888, governor of Connecticut from 1889-1893 and a member of the U.S. Senate from 1905-1911.
By Tom Yantz
Morgan Bulkeley, the first president of the National League and a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, headlines the inaugural class of 23 inductees in the Bulkeley High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 4.Bob Raffalo, chairman of the hall of fame committee, said the hall of fame was long overdue. When he rattled off some names, that became apparent.HandoutHartford’s ‘Schoolboy’ Johnny Taylor circa 1936 or ’37 when he played for the New York Cubans.”Morgan Bulkeley, Babe Allen, Lou Bazzano, Gene Reilly, Johnny Taylor; just so many great ones,” said Raffalo, a former coach and athlete at Bulkeley. “This is the time to honor the first hall of fame class.”The dinner and induction ceremony Oct. 4 is at the Chowder Pot IV, 165 Brainard Road, Hartford. The time and ticket price will be announced.Bulkeley joins the two other public high schools in Hartford, Hartford Public and Weaver, with an athletic hall of fame.”It should be a special, memorable ceremony,” he said.For information on the hall of fame induction and the golf tournament call Raffalo at 860-227-0438 or 860-388-1577 or email him at Raffalo@sbcglobal.net.
A golf tournament to benefit the Bulkeley Athletic Hall of Fame will be held June 13 at Goodwin Park Golf Course in Hartford. The event is in honor of former Bulkeley golf coach “Big” Jim Suitor. Fred Kask (Bulkeley Class of 1955), a four-time Connecticut state amateur champion, will be the guest. The entry fee is $95 and includes cart, greens fees, lunch, beverages, practice range balls, a raffle and prizes. Registration is at 11:30 a.m.; lunch is at noon; and a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
Raffalo said a lot of work was done by a committee to determine the inductees.
That day each inductee or a family representative, if the inductee has passed away, will receive a plaque. An etching of each of the honorees’ names in Babe Allen Field House also is planned.
Allen was a longtime coach at Bulkeley. The field house is name in his honor. Among the achievements for Bazzano was his time as the Bulldogs’ heralded boys basketball coach. Reilly, considered by many the greatest basketball player in school history, later starred at Central Connecticut. Taylor set what is believed to be the national high school record with 25 strikeouts in a nine-inning game on June 2, 1933.
Bulkeley High School Inductees:
Arthur “Babe” Allen, 1926-1963, coach; Louis Bazzano, 1953-1966, coach; Morgan Bulkeley, honorary/meritorious service; Edward Caffigan, Class of 1955, athlete; Joseph Cottone, ’34, athlete; Peter Dengenis, ’60, athlete; Felix Karsky, ’51, athlete, teacher; Edward Korisky, ’36, athlete, coach; Barry Leghorn, ’60, athlete; Charles Mazurek, ’50, athlete; Frank Mirabello, ’52, athlete; Joseph Mozzicato, ’54, athlete; Joseph Meucci, ’57, athlete; Carmen Perrone, ’58, athlete; Robert Raffalo Sr., ’60, athlete; Robert Repass, ’35, athlete; Gene Reilly, ’60, athlete; Robert Sullivan, ’65, athlete; William Schmidt, ’55, athlete; Frank Scelza, ’44, athlete; William Skelley, ’51, athlete; Johnny Taylor, ’34, athlete; Fran Vandermeer, ’75, athlete.