• Class of 2018:

  • Chuck Coyle, scheduler and co-director of the East Shore Travel League of East Haven;









  • John DeFrancisco of Derby, former varsity baseball coach at Derby High School ;








  • Ed DiPersio, founder of the Connecticut high school All Star program and baseball book author;








  • George Dummar (posthumously), former varsity coach at Branford High School;









  • Bill Mrowka, varsity baseball coach at Cheshire High School; 










  • Lou Verdi of North Haven, former assistant coach at Quinnipiac University and North Haven American Legion baseball.








  • John Adamovich of Woodbridge will receive the Andrew Gassira Umpire Award (see the Gassira page for more information).



  • Michael “Tex” Volpe of East Haven will receive the Tony Mentone Memorial Distinguished Service Award (See the service award page for more info).

  • The 1992 and 1993 Cheshire High School championship teams will be honored as “Teams of the Past.”


1992 CHESHIRE RAMS

The season started with the Rams winning seven of eight games with a few losses away from home.  Jim Shanley hit .410 in the regular season and batted .500 in the tournament and won two games. Steve Cassesse went nine for 19 in the tournament. Dennis Hogan won three games in the tournament; pitching 19.2 innings, allowing only three runs. Shanley and Hogan accounted for 15 of the team’s 19 wins.
The regular season ended 14-6. They took second place in the Housatonic League with a modest four-game win streak entering the Class LL tournament. The Rams defeated Danbury 7-3; Windsor, 1-0; Southington,6-4; Norwalk, 6-0 and in the finals defeated Hamden, 7-1





1993 Cheshire Rams


PREVIOUS INDUCTEES:

1980
"JUMPIN" JOE DUGAN
FRANCIS "HUCK" FINN
FRANK MCGOWAN
WALTER "POP' SMITH
"SMOKEY" JOE WOOD
1981
STEPHEN S. OBRIEN
JOHN "WHITEY" PIUREK
DANIEL Y. STEWART
RICHARD TETTLEBACH
GEORGE WEISS
WEST HAVEN TWILIGHT LEAGUE
EDWIN CANNAVAN
COL. HERB METCALFE
ED "SHRIMP" FLYNN
1982
WILLIAM "BILL" AHERN
EMMONS BOWEN
DR. JAMES MOORE
FRANK "SPEC" SHEA
MATTHEW "POP' SHORTELL
JOHNVIETCH
1983
DOM AITRO
ART CECCARELLI
RAY LEGENZA
PHIL MCLEAN
ED WILSON

1984

ROBERT BARTHELSON
JOSEPH DEGALE
KENNETH MACKENZIE
JAMES SHEEHAN
FRANK VIEIRA

1985

RAY HARTMANN
BOB DEMAYO
RAY TELLIER
E. BOWENS B.R. LEAGUE
JOHN WHITE
JOHN DAUGHAN
1986
NEW HAVEN CARDINALS
VITO DEVITO
PASQUALE "PAT" PANZA
EDWARD TORELLO
JOSEPH "JOE" YOTCH
1987
GENE CASEY
A. BARTLETT GIAMATTI
ROBERT "BOB" GREENWOOD
1988
GEORGE KLIVAK
JAMES F. "DOC" GILHULY
ROBERT NEUBAUER
EDWARD IRONS
CARL TUFTS
1989
VINCENT CARBONE
WILLIAM DOUGLAS
HENRY HANK" LUZZI
JOSEPH M. MATTEI
MICHAEL "MICKEY" MILICI
1990
SAM BURRELL
JOE TONELLI, SR.
PAUL "TOPSY" DEL GOBBO
AL "DOC" AGUZZI
ANDREW GASSIRA
1991
PHILLIP DEL VECCHIO
JUDGE JAMES DOHERTY
JOSEPH BENANTO
GEORGE HANCHETTE
REV. MATTHEW ROBERT SHANLEY
2008
TOM FAHY
GENNARO "JERRY" GAMBARDELLA
ED GOLDSTONE
DAN GOOLEY
BURT LEVENTHAL
MEL ZEIDENBERG
2009
JOHN CARUSONE
AUGIE GARBATINI
ED RAPUANO, JR.
VINCENT VIRGULTO
GEORGE WADLEY
2010
Warren Howe
George Grande
Ed Lewis
Anthony F. Mentone
Ken Perrone
2011
Scott Burrell
Vin DiLauro
Ed Marocco
Rev. Owen Sanderson
Tom Yankus
2012
Jon Capone
Mike Freda
Rich Marazzi
Mike Reilly
Dave Solomon
Ernie Williams
2013
Jim "Butch" Abel
John Anquillare
Dan Ford
Earl Mathewson
Bob Moran, Sr.
Anthony Notarino
2014
Roger Beale
The Hamden Plainsmen - Team of the past - Represented by Mike Johnson & Bob Stefanowski
Noel Kinski
Bill Marioni
Pat Paulson
Philip "Skip" Scarpellino
2015
Sal Coppola
Ed Duel (Posthumously)
Mike Giordano
Frank Kafka
Mike Vacca
1954 Hamden Medics - Team of the past

​2016

Matt Altieri, Varsity Coach, Sheehan High

Dick Jeynes, Former coach Milford High School and former assistant at Yale

Michael Lamberti, Founder, co-director and head umpire of East Shore Travel League

John Stuper, head coach at Yale and former MLB pitcher

Ed Sylvia, Athletic Director & head coach at Housatonic Community College




2017 

​Rich Balzano
William "Tinker" Blake (posthumously)
Chuck Burghardt
Ray Ciarleglio, Sr.

Jim Peccerillo
Sal Punzo
1977 Hamden High Baseball Team
1972 American Legion Post 76, North Haven

The Southern Connecticut Diamond Club Hall of Fame honors those who have contribution to the game of baseball in the local area. The Hall of Fame includes players, coaches, umpires, broadcaster, journalists and community volunteers.  The HOF dinner is held annually in October, and features our inductees, as well as the Mentone Distinguished Service Award and the Gassira Memorial Umpire Award. Requirements for the hall include people who support our mission of fostering and promoting the game of baseball in the local area. 


To nominate someone for consideration into the hall of fame, use the "contact us" tab. 


The 2018 Hall of Fame dinner will take place on Thursday, October 25th.  Anyone needing tickets can contact Rose Mentone at rmentone@comcast.net or use the ticket form above. Tickets are $55 per person and include a full-course surf and turf dinner or vegetarian, if preferred.