Past Guests

LIFE VIEWED THROUGH A BASEBALL LENS

The WSC spans six generations of baseball fans sharing history with 6 wars; team integration in 1947; women members in the 70s; strikes (of the labor kind); scandals on and off the field; and the endurance required of those who love the game.  We’ve hosted more than 400 guest speakers from major-, minor-, and local-league players, owners, executives, management, and umpires to sports writers, announcers, clergy, and even a Baseball Hall of Fame librarian. Red Sox Hall of Famer and fan-favorite Johnny Pesky took the floor 8 times from 1951-2001, setting the record for WSC appearances. And Bill Lee is on track to break that record – you’ll want to show up for that one.
 

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Lou Gehrig - 2/15/37
Roy Campanella - 3/2/66
Bob Feller - 6/22/37, 2/29/99
Fay Vincent - 3/19/2001
Monte Irvin - 3/27/79; 3/22/05
Jeff Bagwell - 11/13/91

 

Connie Mack - 10/18/51
(WSC 25th anniversary)
Jim Rice - 1/8/2007
Dwight Gooden - 11/8/2010
Brooks Robinson - 10/23/68; 12/17/77
Bill Lee - 10/24/73; 12/10/91; 11/6/95 ;      1/11/2000; 1/10/2006; 3/2/2015;
TCC USA-CUBA April/July 2016


Honorees 2017-1927


2017 - 2011

Summer 2016      Rob Dibble, Doug Glanville, Bill Lee and Luis Tiant (in support of Teen Cultures Connect - Cuba in Connecticut)

01/20/16         Chris Colabello

01/06/16         Rich Hill

12/02/15         Dennis Leonard

11/05/15         Devon White

04/19/15         New Britain Rockcats Outing

03/02/15         Bill Lee

01/15/15         Jack Morris

12/18/14         Nick Ahmed, Michael Ahmed, Coach Jim Penders

11/11/14         Eric Campbell

04/07/14         Roy White

03/12/14         Marty Barrett

02/12/14         Willie Wilson

01/28/14         Mike Trombley

12/12/13         Ed Randall and Matt Hyde

11/13/13         Bruce Hurst

05/02/13       New Britain Rockcats

04/09/13       Gaylord Perry

02/18/13        Shane Spencer

01/10/13   Jimmy Williams and Bob Schaefer

12/17/12   Rico Petrocelli

11/15/12    Frank White

10/17/12         Mike Boddicker

04/25/12        New Britain Rockcats

03/30/12        Doug Glanville

02/29/12        Trot Nixon

01/30/12        Howard Johnson

12/13/11         Connecticut Futures Night: Jim Penders, Matt Barnes, Andrew Carignan, George Springer

11/28/11         (Walpole) Joe Morgan, Joe Castiglione

10/18/11         Willie Upshaw

04/20/11         New Britain Rockcats

03/28/11         Elliot Maddox

02/07/11         Lee Smith

01/03/11         Jim Lonborg and Mark DeJohn


2010 – 2001

12/06/10       Bucky Dent

11/08/10        Dwight Gooden

10/04/10       Jay Johnstone

09/13/10       Art Shamsky

04/14/10       The New Britain Rock Cats

03/15/10       Mike Torrez

02/22/10      Jesse Barfield

01/25/10      Jon McDonald

12/15/09      Rajai Davis and Craig Breslow

11/23/09      Scott McGregor

10/26/09       Ron Blomberg

09/30/09       Jim Kaat

04/22/09       New Britain Rock Cats

03/09/09       John Ellis

02/18/09       Ricky Bottalico

12/15/08       Fergie Jenkins

11/10/08        Rick Cerone

10/06/08      John Montefusco

09/25/08      Ken Griffey Sr.

04/09/08      New Britain Rockcats

03/31/08       Stan Bahnsen

02/25/08       Jim 'Mudcat' Grant

01/28/08       Bob Ojeda

12/10/07       Duke Sims

11/19/07        Dennis 'Oil Can' Boyd

10/09/07       Pete Walker, Todd Donovan

09/10/07       Jimmy Piersall

05/03/07       New Britain Rock Cats

04/16/07       Mark Fidrych

03/12/07       Tommy Davis

02/26/07       Billy Sample

01/08/07       Jim Rice

12/04/06       Mike Easler

11/20/06       Bob Stanley, Roger LaFrancois

10/30/06       Jack Aker

09/21/06       Cliff Johnson

04/12/06       New Britain Rockcats

03/06/06      Bobby Richardson

02/06/06      Butch Hobson

01/10/06       Bill Lee

12/12/05       Russ Gibson

11/14/05      Jim McAndrew

10/10/05       Dock Ellis, Ron LeFlore

04/14/05       New Britain Rock Cats

03/22/05     Monte Irvin

02/17/05      Ron Swoboda

01/11/05       George Foster

12/06/04      Rich Gedman

11/08/04      Frank Thomas (Pirates/Mets '51-'66)

10/13/04      Clem Labine

04/20/04       New Britain Rock Cats

03/08/04       Ralph Houk

02/02/04       Paul Blair

01/08/04       Sam Horn

12/11/03        Tommy John

11/17/03        Bill Skowron

04/23/03      New Britain Rock Cats

03/18/03       Ed Charles

02/06/03       Rico Brogna

01/08/03       Johnny Blanchard

12/09/02       Casey Fossum

11/07/02        Bernie Carbo

04/25/02      Bob Turley

03/18/02       Bob Montgomery

02/07/02       Ken Ryan

01/09/02       Ken Mackenzie

12/05/01        Jose Pagan

11/07/01         Ken Coleman (Sportscaster)

04/23/01       Ryne Duren

03/19/01        Fay Vincent

02/06/01       Frank Howard

01/08/01        Johnny Pesky


2000 – 1991

12/05/00        Roland Johnson, Gary Larocque (Mets Scouts)

11/09/00         Dick McAuliffe

04/18/00        Gerry Berthiaume (Rock Cats GM)

03/28/00        Jim Bouton

02/16/00         Arnold Dean (Sportscaster)

01/11/00          Bill Lee

12/13/99          Jim Reynolds (Umpire)

11/10/99          Ed Kranepool

05/17/99         New Britain Rock Cats

03/25/99        Spec Shea

02/21/99        Bob Feller

12/07/98        Crash Davis

11/16/98          Clete Boyer

10/08/98        Bobby Bonds

04/30/98       New Britain Rock Cats

02/10/98        Lenny Merullo, Matt Merullo

12/03/97         Walt Dropo

11/05/97         Butch Hobson

10/09/97        Jimmy Wynn

09/18/97        Luis Tiant

02/11/97       Ron LeFlore

01/06/97        Sam McDowell

12/11/96         Ricky Bottalico

11/18/96       Dick Radatz

10/21/96        Jay Johnstone

04/22/96       New Britain Rock Cats

03/04/96       Doc Ellis

01/10/96        Bill Madlock

11/06/95        Bill Lee

01/26/95        Rico Petrocelli

11/09/94        Gary Waslewski

04/11/94        New Britain Red Sox

01/18/94        Roy White

12/08/93        Brad Ausmus

11/09/93         Ken Ryan

10/06/93        Aaron Sele

04/22/93       New Britain Red Sox

01/14/93        John Valentin

12/09/92        George Scott

11/11/92          Joe Pepitone

04/27/92        New Britain Red Sox

02/18/92        George Foster

01/14/92         Pete Harnisch

12/10/91         Bill Lee

11/13/91          Jeff Bagwell

04/10/91        New Britain Red Sox

02/07/91        Mo Vaughn, Kevin Morton, Rico Brogna

01/10/91         Tommy Agee


1990 – 1981

12/11/90         Bob Tewksbury

11/15/90         Dana Kiecker

04/26/90       New Britain Red Sox

02/20/90        Mark Hirschbeck (Umpire)

01/04/90        Mauro Gozzo, Rollie Johnson (Scout)

12/05/89        Rob Murphy

10/25/89        Dave LaPoint

04/20/89        New Britain Red Sox

03/07/89        George Foster

02/07/89        Rob Dibble

01/11/89          John Cerutti

12/05/88        Dennis Lamp

11/09/88       Rick Cerone

04/07/88        New Britain Red Sox

02/10/88        John Marzano

01/27/88        Ellis Burks

01/12/88        Greg Gagne

11/11/87        Todd Benzinger

04/14/87        New Britain Red Sox

03/02/87        Sam Mele

01/15/87        Bob Tewksbury

12/22/86        Bobby Valentine

11/25/86       Marty Barrett

04/21/86        New Britain Red Sox

02/16/86        Mike Torrez

01/07/86        Mike Pagliarulo

12/12/85        Steve Lyons

11/25/85        Don Mattingly

10/07/85        Bill Buckner

04/15/85        New Britain Red Sox

02/07/85        Lou Gorman (Red Sox GM)

01/16/85         Mookie Wilson

11/28/84         Tim Teufel

10/01/84         Al Nipper

04/15/84        New Britain Red Sox

03/27/84        Terry Tata (Umpire)

02/16/84        Don Mattingly

12/14/83         Willie Upshaw

11/17/83          Wade Boggs

04/18/83        New Britain Red Sox

03/14/83        Jim Lonborg

02/02/83        Wade Boggs

01/05/83        Gene Michael

12/14/82         Steve Palermo (Umpire)

10/28/82        Tom Burgmeier

03/22/82        Donald Honig (Author)

02/02/82        Jim Beattie

01/13/82       Billy Gardner

12/07/81       Ron Davis

11/11/81          Rich Gedman

04/15/81        Ed Walton (Author)

02/09/81        Joe Lefebvre

01/05/81        Rich Gale


1980 – 1971

12/10/80        Bob Watson

10/29/80        John Tudor

04/22/80       Sportwriters Night

03/20/80       Bobby Thomson

02/12/80        Bill Almon

01/08/80        Terry Tata (Umpire)

12/05/79        Tommy John

10/25/79        Bob Stanley

03/27/79        Monte Irvin

02/08/79        Johnny Ellis

01/04/79        Bobby Valentine

12/04/78        Roy White

10/23/78        Bill Campbell

03/15/78        Henry Berry (Author)

02/13/78        Paul Blair

01/25/78        Butch Hobson

12/17/77        Brooks Robinson

11/21/77        Johnny Pesky

04/20/77        "Ken Smith (Director, National Baseball Hall of Fame)"

03/31/77        Jerry Kapstein (Player Agent)

02/15/77        Ken Brett

01/13/77        Dwight Evans

12/09/76        Larry Bowa

10/27/76        Chris Chambliss

02/04/76        Johnny Pesky

01/06/76        Jim Lonborg

12/08/75        Ed Kranepool

10/30/75        Bernie Carbo

02/03/75        Ralph Kiner

01/07/75        Dick McAuliffe

12/04/74        Elliot Maddox

11/19/74        Jack Redding (Baseball Hall of Fame librarian)

10/29/74        Rick Burleson

01/24/74        Tug McGraw

12/06/73        Sparky Lyle

10/24/73        Bill Lee

03/21/73        Gene Conley

02/10/73        Tom Gorman (Umpire)

01/22/73        Johnny Pesky

11/13/72          Richie Hebner

10/25/72       Skip Jutze

06/04/72        Ladies Night

04/19/72        Sports writers night

02/02/72        Steve Blass

04/18/71        Writer's Night (Bill Lee, Art McGinley, Earl Yost)

03/03/71        Tom Gorman (Umpire)

01/09/71        Gene Michael


1970 – 1961

12/03/70        Wayne Granger

11/01/70       Steve Blass

03/18/70        Art Ditmar

02/05/70       Russ Gibson

12/06/69        Fred Wallner (Hartford Knights football coach);
WSC President Walter Lawrence passed away that evening

11/17/69        Mark Belanger

10/28/69        Sparky Lyle

04/29/69        Sports writers night - Bill Lee, Art McGinley

03/12/69        Jackie Farrell

02/01/69        Steve Blass

01/22/69        Joe Coleman Sr. & Joe Coleman Jr.

12/10/68        Ron Swoboda & Hal Goodnough (Public relations, New York Mets & Milwaukee Braves)

11/21/68        Gary Waslewski

10/23/68        Brooks Robinson

04/14/68        "Sports writers night - Bill Lee, Art McGinley"

02/06/68        Gary Bell

01/16/68          Elston Howard

12/11/67          Jack Lamabe

11/16/67          Dick McAuliffe

04/18/67        "Sports writers night Bill Lee, Art McGinley ; featuring Bob Steele"

02/28/67        Jake LaMotta (retired World Champion boxer)

01/15/67        Tom Kelley

12/12/66        Steve Blass

11/22/66        Moe Drabowski

10/25/66        Hal Reniff

05/14/66        Ladies Night

04/14/66        Sports writers night - Bill Lee, Art McGinley ; featuring Bob Steele and Chick O’Malley (Waterbury Giants GM)

03/02/66        Roy Campanella

01/16/66        Al Downing

12/08/65        Ed Kranepool

11/14/65          Al Jackson

10/18/65      Ken Smith (director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

03/05/65        Rev. Robert Keating -(stories from his friendships with many baseball stars of the past)

02/07/65        Phil Linz

01/13/65        Dick McAuliffe

12/15/64        Tracy Stallard

11/18/64         Curt Simmons

10/20/64        Dick Radatz

04/22/64        Sports writers night Bill Lee, Art McGinley, Bob Steele (cancelled due to the death of WSC director Jack Reardon)

02/05/64        Jim Bouton ; Althea Foley, 12 years old, is the first female to attend a regular World series Club meeting.

12/10/63        Johnny Podres

11/19/63       Elston Howard

10/24/63        Tom Meany (Sportswriter and Promotions Director, New York Mets)

04/15/63        Writers Night: Art McGinley, Earl Yost;  featuring Bob Steele

03/18/63        Clem Labine

02/04/63        Johnny Pesky

01/08/63        Jack Sanford

12/04/62        Tom Gorman (Umpire)

10/18/62       Jimmy Dykes ; Charlie Blossfield (Milwaukee Braves front office, former general manager, Hartford Chiefs)

04/24/62        Frankie Frisch ; Also Art McGinley Night featuring Governor John Dempsey, Bill Lee and Bob Steele

03/14/62        Hal Goodnough (Public relations director, Milwaukee Braves) Father-Son Night.

02/07/62        Carlton Willey

01/09/62        Bill Monbouquette

11/01/61          Rollie Sheldon

04/18/61        Writers night - Bill Lee, Art McGinley

01/19/61        Lefty Gomez


1960 – 1951

12/10/60        Art Gleason (Red Sox radio and television announcer)

11/16/60       Moose Skowron

10/02/60        Clambake

03/10/60        Gene Conley

01/28/60        Charlie Dressen

11/17/59          Elston Howard

10/20/59        Billy Gardner

03/17/59        Frankie Frisch

01/07/59        Bob Turley

12/19/58        Dick Donovan

11/18/58         Eddie Lopat

09/26/58      Clambake

05/06/58        Ladies Night

04/22/58        Member spring training stories

01/01/58          Jimmy Piersall

11/07/57       Charlie Blossfield ; meeting held at Marco Polo restaurant

05/01/57        Writers Night featuringArt McGinley (Hartford Times), Bill Lee, Bob Steele (WTIC)

02/13/57        "Moe Drabowski, Charlie Silvera"

01/30/57         Jerry Coleman

11/30/56          Sammy White (Red Sox catcher)

11/10/56          Bill Grieve (former umpire)

09/30/56        Clambake

03/19/56        Irish Night ; Jackie Farrell

02/21/56        Irving Rudd (Dodgers front office executive)

01/25/56        Johnny Pesky

12/29/55        Jack Onslow

11/24/55         Frank Dascoli (umpire)

03/13/55        Rev. Robert Keating (Chaplin at the state reformatory in Cheshire) sports movie/pennant predictions

02/15/55        Mel Allen (Yankees broadcaster)

12/07/54        Ethan Allen

09/26/54        Clambake

04/22/54        Bill Lee (Hartford Courant)

03/20/54        Jack Lavalle (New York Giants scout)

01/24/54        Eddie Robinson

12/13/53         Johnny Pesky

09/27/53        Clambake

03/15/53        Irish Night and 1952 World Series film. “Dinte Moore” dinner

01/27/53        Spec Shea

12/02/52        Jack Coffey (Baseball coach/Fordham University, 1918 Red Sox, former Hartford Senators player/manager)

11/30/52        Eddie Lopat

09/14/52        Clambake

04/27/52        Ladies Night

01/11/52       Ken Smith

10/18/51       Connie Mack (Celebrating 25th Anniversary of the WSC)

09/21/51       Clambake

05/03/51        Ladies Night

03/12/51        Ripper Collins, Irish Night/Dance

02/19/51        Johnny Pesky


1950 – 1941

12/03/50        Eddie Lopat ; meeting held at Hotel Windsor

10/22/50        Jack Welch Night (honoring retiring World Series Club secretary)

10/02/50        Clambake

11/17/49          Ken Smith (Sports Editor, New York Daily Mirror)

05/01/49        Ladies Night

04/22/49       Hartford Chiefs Night; co-sponsored with Elks Club

02/24/49        Frank Dascoli (Umpire)

01/16/49         Jackie Farrell

11/18/48          Red Jones (Umpire)

07/01/48        Boston Braves bus trip

04/24/48        World Series Club First Annual Ladies Night

02/16/48        Bill Stewart (Umpire)

12/09/47        Jackie Farrell (Director, Yankees Speakers Bureau)

08/17/47        Boston Braves bus trip - doubleheader, Braves vs. New York Giants"

05/18/47        Lefty Gomez & Hartford Chiefs Night - Fred (Dutch) Dorman (Hartford Chiefs manager) (Sea Food Restaurant, Asylum Avenue)

02/17/47        Ed Walsh

01/17/47        Bill Summers (Umpire), Monk Dubiel (Hartford native, Yankee pitcher),        Si McDonald (former Eastern League umpire), Ed Nogas (World War II Purple Heart recipient)

12/10/46        Get Acquainted Night (Sea Food Restaurant, Asylum Avenue)

11/22/46        Ripper Collins (future Hartford Chiefs manager, 9 year NL first baseman/OF)

09/04/46        Reorganization of World Series Club

1944-1945       World Series Club is inactive due to World War II

09/27/43        Del Bissonette, Charley Blossfield

05/04/42        Del Bissonette (Hartford Bees manager, former Brooklyn Dodger)      

02/16/41          Jack Onslow (Hartford Bees manager)


1940 – 1937

11/21/40        Charlie Blossfield (Hartford Bees/Chiefs executive),  Jack Reardon (WSC World Series trip review),  Bill Lee (Hartford Courant); Meeting held at Hotel Bond, Hartford

10/01/40        The World Series Club charters an airplane for the 1940 World Series, 21 members attend (Reds vs. Tigers)

05/15/40        Ed Doherty (publicity manager, Boston Red Sox)

01/16/40        Jack Stevens (Boston sports commentator)

10/04/39        Meeting held in New York after attending Game 1 of World Series (Yankees vs. Reds) ; members also attend Game 2.

07/19/39        Rabbit Maranville

04/27/39        Fresco Thompson (Hartford Bees manager and 9 year NL second baseman); Also Jack Onslow (Boston scout, Chicago White Sox manager 1949-1950, brother of Eddie Onslow)

05/03/38        Eddie Onslow (Hartford Laurels manager), Marty Mcmanus (Williamsport manager, 15 year MLB infielder, Boston Red Sox player/manager 1932/33)

04/29/38        Bob Quinn

03/01/38        Pete Naktenis (Philadelphia A's), Jimmy Sullivan (Albany/Eastern League), George Woodend (Williamsport/Eastern League)

02/01/38        Bob Quinn, president Boston Bees (Boston Braves 1936-1940 were known as the Boston Bees)

10/06/37        Colonel Jacob Ruppert (Yankees owner), Ken Smith (Baseball writer, New York Mirror) Meeting held at Hotel Lincoln in New York.  Club attends World Series game at Yankee Stadium, Yankees vs. New York Giants

06/22/37        Welcome Cleveland Indians night: Bob Feller, Mel Harder, Lyn Lary

02/15/37        Lou Gehrig (chaperoned by his father Henry Gehrig); members only meeting;  Also Paddy O’Connor (former player and former Hartford Senators manager)


1930 – 1926

1929-1931        World Series Club meets in Philadelphia for 3 straight years in conjunction with the Philadelphia A's appearance in the Fall Classic each year.  Meetings held at Hotel Benjamin Franklin.

10/01/27        Club attends World Series in New York (Yankees vs. Pirates)