1935: Johnny "Schoolboy" Taylor was one of the great players produced by the state, a standout pitcher and hitter as a senior at Bulkeley High before becoming one of the best pitchers in the Negro Leagues in 1935-45. He beat Satchel Paige 2-0 in an All-Star game at the Polo Grounds, pitched eight career no-hitters and was a star in Cuba and Mexico before returning to Connecticut. 1936/37: Larry Kelley and Clint Frank, both of Yale, were the Heisman Trophy winners in the second and third years of the award. Kelley won it in 1936, Frank in 1937. 1939: First season at the University of Connecticut; beat Coast Guard 14-0 in first game played under flood lights at Gardner Dow Field. 1940: Connie Mack, baseball's Grand Old Man; Edward Reilly, Bridgeport Central High School basketball coach; Hubert Sedgewick, dean of state sports writers; and Bobby Jones, golfing legend received Gold Keys at the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance first banquet on Jan. 29 at the Hotel Taft in New Haven.
Courtesy Of Estelle Taylor