Middletown High School 1934-1938, Lettered in Football, Baseball and Basketball. Bridgeton Academy: Football, Baseball and Basketball. Tulane University: Football and Baseball. Semi-Pro: Middletown Giants Baseball. Started first Little League Program in Connecticut. Sports Editor of Middletown Press. His column "What we hear from the old gang" boosted moral for serviceman in World War II. City Treasurer 1946-1953. First Middletown Recreation Director. Refereed Football, Baseball, Soccer and Basketball. Awards: Exchange Club "Golden Deeds", Middlesex County Bar Association "Liberty Bell", Kiwanis "Man of the Year", Connecticut Sports Writers "Gold Key"
Woodrow Wilson High School 1949-1953. Played Little League and Ahern-Whalen baseball. Pitcher in Babe Ruth and American Legion Baseball. Semi-Pro: pitched for Middletown Giants. Professional: Boston Braves 1953-1961. First Little League player to play in Major Leagues. Traded to Cincinnati Reds 1961-1962; won 21 games each year. Pitcher in 1961 World Series against New York Yankees, won 1, lost 1. Ended 13 year career with Atlanta Braves in 1966.
Middletown High School 1922-1926. Baseball: pitcher, outfielder. Semi-Pro: Baseball, Middletown Giants pitcher, 1930's and 1940's. Manager 1944-1945. Wesleyan University Trainer 1932-1970. Member of Training Staff at Pan American Games in Mexico 1955. Head Trainer for Olympic Teams in Melbourne, Australia 1956 and 1960. Bowling: Connecticut Singles Champion 1942. National Singles Champion 1951. Four-time member of New England Championship Team. Three-time member of Connecticut Championship Team. Holder of five individual and team world records. Received Connecticut Sports Writers "Gold Key" 1965. National Helms Hall of fame for Athletic Trainers.
Lawrence D. "Larry" McHugh
Middletown High School 1942-1946. Lettered in 3 sports. Football, Baseball, Basketball. Co-Captain Football team 1945, offensive and defensive center. Names to All-state Team and received Cuz Formica Outstanding Team Player Award. Entered U.S. Marine Corps and attended U.S. Navel Academy 1947, center on Plebe Football team. Temple University 1948-1952. Football: varsity center, 3 years; 2nd Team Pennsylvania All-State College Team.
Middletown High School 1931-1935. Baseball catcher 1932-1935, Captain 1934. Basketball 1932-1935, Captain 1934-1935. Football 1933-1934, All-State Quarterback, 1934. Semi-Pro Baseball: Middletown Giants 1936-1938. Manager of Middletown Giants 1948. Basketball: Scripo's Big Five 1935-1936. Middletown Speed Boys 1936-1939. U.S. Marines team in Boston Industrial League 1946. Football" Quarterback Middletown Falcons 1935. Coaching career: Basketball, St. John School CYO 1960-1975. Baseball: Middletown Post 75 American Legion team 1964-1972. Record 193 wins, 44 losses. Team Manager 1973-2005. First President of Ahern-Whalen baseball league. Founder Middletown Sports Hall of Fame.
William "Bill" Pomfret
Attended Notre Dame High School, West Haven 1954-1958. Southern Connecticut State College 1958-1962. Football: All-East Mention; National All-American Academic Team, Captain 1961. Professional Football: New York Titans, American Football League.1961 Teacher and Assistant Basketball Coach at Durham H.S. 1962-1963. Football Coach 1963- 1983. Varsity record 152 wins, 36 losses, 6 ties. Set Connecticut record of 34 consecutive wins. President Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, increased membership from 282 to over 2,400. Received numerous Awards - National Coach of the Year 1973; Connecticut Coaches Hall of Fame 1984; Sports writers “Gold Key” 1985; New Haven Gridiron Club, Hall of Fame ; American Legion Americanism Award and many more.
Joseph "Joey" Jay
Waino Fullback came to Middletown High School in 1943. During his 25 year stay he served as educator, Coach and Athletic Director. Known as “The Fox”, he coached the Middletown Tigers football team from 1944-1968. His teams won 8 Connecticut Interscholastic League Titles and 2 Central Valley Championships. His 1945 team was invited to play in Florida in the Gator Bowl. He had one unbeaten season, 1966. He compiled a record of 120 wins, 67 losses, 8 ties. Received 9 Conference “Award of Merit” He also coached Basketball and Track at Middletown High Sschool. He coached Football at St. Thomas Moore Prep in Montville and in the 1970’s coached I year of football and track at Wesleyan University.
Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, Grenier graduated from the University of New Hampshire after earning varsity letters in football and boxing. Served as Athletic Director, Teacher and Football Coach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Middletown 1933-1942. Spent 3 years in the U. S. Air Force during World War II. Moved to California and was Head Football Coach at St. Anthony’s High School in Long Beach from 1945-1947. Professional Football Official 1947- 1952. Entered Professional Harness racing in 1952. Through end of 1968 he won 733 races.
Outstanding athlete at Middletown High School 1941-1945. Football: halfback 4 years; captain 1944, Co-Captain 1945. Set State record for 21 touchdowns in one season; elected to Connecticut All-State Team 1945. Track: set records in 100 yard dash and 880 relay. Entered U.S. Marine Corps 1946, played football for Marine football team at Quantico Base. Weslyan University: Varsity football 3 years, awarded Everett Bacon Trophy as Most Valuable Player. Named to Norm Daniels All Time All-Star Team
William A.J. "Shorty" Roguski
Middletown High School 1929-1933. Varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball, track; Captain baseball 1932; Captain basketball 1933. Dean Academy; football, baseball, basketball 1934. Semi-Pro: basketball, Middletown Speed Boys 1933-1934. Baseball, Middletown Giants 1932-1933-1934. Bristol West Ends 1937. Professional Baseball: signed with St. Louis Cardinals, played in Florida-Georgia League 1935-1936. Coaching career: Basketball, Speed Boys, Speed Girls 1937. Remington Rand Boys and Girls teams. Baseball: Middletown Yankees, Tri-County League 1942; Middletown Giants, Middlesex County League 1946. Coached first American Legion, Post 75 team 1946..
Norman J. Daniels
Robert "Bob" Daly
Joseph S. Alessi
Joseph L. Faggione
Attended Woodrow Wilson High School 1934-1938. Won 13 Varsity Letters -4 Basketball; 4 Football: 4 Baseball and I Track. Played football for U.S. Army team at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Received athletic scholarship to play football at Glendale Junior College in California. Semi-Pro: Sons of Italy team and player/coach for Hillsides football team. Played for Hillside Basketball team 1945-1946. Member of Middletown Parks and Recreation Commission.
1994 Hall of Famers.
Jacques "Jake" Grenier
Southeastern High School. Detroit, Michigan 1925-1926. Football, Baseball and Basketball. Basketball All-State 1925-1926. University of Michigan 1928-1932. Football 3 years. All-American offensive end, defensive halfback. Basketball, 3 years. Big 10 All-Conference Team and All-American 1931-1932. Coaching career: Wesleyan University Football 1934-1964. Undefeated teams 1946, 1947 and 1948. Baseball: won 6 Little Three titles. Wrestling: 8 years, 3 Little 3 titles. Also coached Basketball, Squash and Tennis. Middletown City Councilman 1966-1975.
Woodrow Wilson High School, 1933-1937. Football 4 years, Baseball 4 years, Captain 1937; Basketball 4 years; track 1 year. Glendale California Junior College: football, baseball and basketball. Semi-Pro: Baseball, Pitcher for Middletown Giants, Football and Baseball, Organized and player/coach for Hillsides Football and Baseball teams. United States Army: died serving his country during World War II.
Professional Boxer: Connecticut Flyweight Champion 1938; New England Featherweight Champion 1942. Won 62 consecutive fights. Featherweight World Champion. Long career record 230 victories, 11 losses, 1 tie. Named Los Angles Time Fighter of the Year 1944. Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year 1945. Elected to National Boxing Hall of Fame. Regained Featherweight Title against Sandy Saddler in one of the greatest fights ever staged.
Woodrow Wilson High School 1938-1942. Baseball 1939-1942; Captain 1942. All-League 1942. Co-holder of strike out record with 18. Football 1939-1941, All-state and All -League 1941. Basketball 1939-1942, All-League 1942. Long Beach Junior College: Football 1946-1947, Co-captain and All-Conference Fullback 1947. University of California: Football 1948-1949; Rose Bowl 1949-1950. Semi-Pro: Pitcher Middletown Giants 1941-1943. Basketball, Hillsides Team. Professional Baseball: Hartford Chiefs 1944; signed with Boston Braves 1945. Founder Schultz-Witkowski Cancer Fund. Vice-President Cromwell Athletic Club. Treasurer Middletown Sports Hall of Fame. Vice-President Central Connecticut Baseball, Inc.