1952: Skee Riegel and Art Wall Jr. carded 5-under-par 66s to tie Bobby Grant's Wethersfield Country Club course record in the first round of the first Insurance City Open on Aug. 29. The total purse was $20,000. 1953: Middletown native and Woodrow Wilson High graduate Joey Jay became the first Little League alumnus to reach the major leagues when he debuted with the Braves in 1953. He posted 21-win seasons in 1960 and 1961 for the Reds, pitching in the '61 World Series against the Yankees. 1954: Waterbury's Jimmy Piersall was an All-Star outfielder for the Red Sox in the 1950s and had a 17-year MLB career, but he's best remembered for a movie about his life ("Fear Strikes Out") along with his behavior as a player and broadcaster. Piersall was an All-Star for the first of two times in 1954.
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