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NEXT MEETING
Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday November 11 at the VFW in West Hartford.
Guest Speaker is Eric Campbell.

DIRECTIONS
Meetings are held at the VFW in West Hartford or the Portuguese Club in Newington.

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PAST SPEAKERS, EVENTS, and TIMELINE
The World Series Club of Hartford County has had an impressive list of speakers in the past. Some of these speakers include:
  • Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Lou Gehrig, Connie Mack, Lefty Gomez, Frankie Frisch, Roy Campanella, Bob Feller, Ralph Kiner, Warren Spahn, Monte Irvin, Brooks Robinson, Leo Durocher, Jim Rice, Ferguson Jenkins, Rabbit Maranville, Ed Walsh, and Wade Boggs
  • Prominent baseball legends such as Johnny Pesky, Bobby Thomson, Ralph Houk, Tommy John, Tug McGraw, Bobby Bonds, Luis Tiant, Don Mattingly, Mo Vaughn, Jeff Bagwell, and Commissioner Fay Vincent
October 1926 While attending the World Series between the Yankees and Cardinals, the clubs' founders meet at the Hotel Knickerbocker in New York.  The World Series Club is formed at the suggestion of its first President, Harry N Anderson.   
Vice-President: Mr. Archer (first name unknown); Secretary: Joseph M Hafey;
Treasurer: John J McNally; Board of Directors: John Guilfoil, Martin J Doyle, Raymond Rutledge; Also among the founders:  William Delaney, Harry Fennell, Billy Fitzsimmons, Bill Doyle
   
Membership/meeting guidelines (through 1936) Membership restricted to those attending meetings.  Meetings to be held in the host city on the evening of the opening game of any World Series in the eastern U.S., and will feature a prominent guest speaker.  Members will attend World Series.
   
October 1927 Club attends World Series in New York (Yankees vs. Pirates)
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.
2/15/37 Lou Gehrig (chaperoned by his father Henry Gehrig); members only meeting;  Also Paddy O’Connor (former player and former Hartford Senators manager)
6/22/37 Welcome Cleveland Indians night: Bob Feller, Mel Harder, Lyn Lary
10/6/37 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
2/1/38 Bob Quinn, president Boston Bees (Boston Braves 1936-1940 were known as the Boston Bees)
3/1/38 Pete Naktenis (Philadelphia A's), Jimmy Sullivan (Albany/Eastern League), George Woodend (Williamsport/Eastern League)
4/29/38 Bob Quinn
5/3/38 Eddie Onslow (Hartford Laurels manager), Marty Mcmanus (Williamsport manager, 15 year MLB infielder, Boston Red Sox player/manager 1932/33)
4/27/39 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)
7/19/39 Rabbit Maranville
10/4/39 Meeting held in New York after attending Game 1 of World Series (Yankees vs. Reds) ; members also attend Game 2.
1/16/40 Jack Stevens (Boston sports commentator)
5/15/40 Ed Doherty (publicity manager, Boston Red Sox)
October 1940 The World Series Club charters an airplane for the 1940 World Series
21 members attend (Reds vs. Tigers)
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
2/16/41 Jack Onslow (Hartford Bees manager)
5/4/42 Del Bissonette (Hartford Bees manager, former Brooklyn Dodger)
9/27/43 Del Bissonette, Charley Blossfield
1944-1945 World Series Club is inactive due to World War II
9/4/46 Reorganization of World Series Club
11/22/46 Ripper Collins (future Hartford Chiefs manager, 9 year NL first baseman/OF)
12/10/46 Get Acquainted Night (Sea Food Restaurant, Asylum Avenue)
1/17/47 Bill Summers (Umpire), Monk Dubiel (Hartford native, Yankee pitcher), Si McDonald (former Eastern League umpire), Ed Nogas (World War II Purple Heart recipient)
2/17/47 Ed Walsh
5/18/47 Lefty Gomez & Hartford Chiefs Night - Fred (Dutch) Dorman (Hartford Chiefs manager) (Sea Food Restaurant, Asylum Avenue)
8/17/47 Boston Braves bus trip - doubleheader, Braves vs. New York Giants
12/9/47 Jackie Farrell (Director, Yankees Speakers Bureau)
2/16/48 Bill Stewart (Umpire)
4/24/48 World Series Club First Annual Ladies Night
July 1948 Boston Braves bus trip
11/18/48 Red Jones (Umpire)
1/16/49 Jackie Farrell
2/24/49 Frank Dascoli (Umpire)
4/22/49 Hartford Chiefs Night; co-sponsored with Elks Club
5/1/49 Ladies Night
11/17/49 Ken Smith (Sports Editor, New York Daily Mirror)
10/2/50 Clambake
10/22/50 Jack Welch Night (honoring retiring World Series Club secretary)
12/3/50 Eddie Lopat ; meeting held at Hotel Windsor
2/19/51 Johnny Pesky
3/12/51 Ripper Collins, Irish Night/Dance
5/3/51 Ladies Night
9/21/51 Clambake
10/18/51 Connie Mack (Celebrating 25th Anniversary of the WSC)
1/11/52 Ken Smith
12/2/52 Jack Coffey (Baseball coach/Fordham University, 1918 Red Sox, former Hartford Senators player/manager)
4/27/52 Ladies Night
9/14/52 Clambake
11/30/52 Eddie Lopat
1/27/53 Spec Shea
3/15/53 Irish Night and 1952 World Series film. “Dinte Moore” dinner
9/27/53 Clambake
12/13/53 Johnny Pesky
1/24/54 Eddie Robinson
3/20/54 Jack Lavalle (New York Giants scout)
4/22/54 Bill Lee (Hartford Courant)
9/26/54 Clambake
12/7/54 Ethan Allen
2/15/55 Mel Allen (Yankees broadcaster)
3/13/55 Rev. Robert Keating (Chaplin at the state reformatory in Cheshire) ; sports movie/pennant predictions
11/24/55 Frank Dascoli (umpire)
12/29/55 Jack Onslow
1/25/56 Johnny Pesky
2/21/56 Irving Rudd (Dodgers front office executive)
3/19/56 Irish Night ; Jackie Farrell
9/30/56 Clambake
11/10/56 Bill Grieve (former umpire)
11/30/56 Sammy White (Red Sox catcher)
1/30/57 Jerry Coleman
2/13/57 Moe Drabowski, Charlie Silvera
5/1/57 Writers Night featuring  Art McGinley (Hartford Times), Bill Lee, Bob Steele (WTIC)
11/7/57 Charlie Blossfield ; meeting held at Marco Polo restaurant
1/58 Jimmy Piersall
4/22/58 Member spring training stories
5/6/58 Ladies Night
9/26/58 Clambake
11/18/58 Eddie Lopat
12/1958 Dick Donovan
1/7/59 Bob Turley
3/17/59 Frankie Frisch
10/20/59 Billy Gardner
11/17/59 Elston Howard
1/28/60 Charlie Dressen
3/10/60 Gene Conley
10/2/60 Clambake
11/16/60 Moose Skowron
12/10/60 Art Gleason (Red Sox radio and television announcer)
1/19/61 Lefty Gomez
4/18/61 Writers night - Bill Lee, Art McGinley
11/1/61 Rollie Sheldon
1/9/62 Bill Monbouquette
2/7/62 Carlton Willey
3/14 62 Hal Goodnough (Public relations director, Milwaukee Braves) ; Father-Son Night.
4/24/62 Frankie Frisch ; Also Art McGinley Night featuring Governor John Dempsey, Bill Lee and Bob Steele
10/18/62 Jimmy Dykes ; Charlie Blossfield (Milwaukee Braves front office, former general manager, Hartford Chiefs)
12/4/62 Tom Gorman (Umpire)
1/8/63 Jack Sanford
2/4/63 Johnny Pesky
3/18/63 Clem Labine
4/15/63 Writers Night: Art McGinley, Earl Yost;  featuring Bob Steele
10/24/63 Tom Meany (Sportswriter and Promotions Director, New York Mets)
11/19/63 Elston Howard
12/10/63 Johnny Podres
2/5/64 Jim Bouton ; Althea Foley, 12 years old, is the first female to attend a regular World series Club meeting.
4/22/64 Sports writers night Bill Lee, Art McGinley, Bob Steele (cancelled due to the death of WSC director Jack Reardon)
10/20/64 Dick Radatz
11/18/64 Curt Simmons
12/15/64 Tracy Stallard
1/13/65 Dick McAuliffe
2/7/65 Phil Linz
3/5/65 Rev. Robert Keating -(stories from his friendships with many baseball stars of the past)
10/18/65 Ken Smith (director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)
11/14/65 Al Jackson
12/8/65 Ed Kranepool
1/16/66 Al Downing
3/2/66 Roy Campanella
4/14/66 Sports writers night - Bill Lee, Art McGinley ; featuring Bob Steele and Chick O’Malley (Waterbury Giants GM)
5/14/66 Ladies Night
10/25/66 Hal Reniff
11/22/66 Moe Drabowski
12/12/66 Steve Blass
1/15/67 Tom Kelley
2/28/67 Jake LaMotta (retired World Champion boxer)
4/18/67 Sports writers night Bill Lee, Art McGinley ; featuring Bob Steele
11/16/67 Dick McAuliffe
12/11/67 Jack Lamabe
1/16/68 Elston Howard
2/6/68 Gary Bell
4/14/68 Sports writers night - Bill Lee, Art McGinley
10/23/68 Brooks Robinson
11/21/68 Gary Waslewski
12/10/68 Ron Swoboda & Hal Goodnough (Public relations, New York Mets & Milwaukee Braves)
1/22/69 Joe Coleman Sr. & Joe Coleman Jr.
2/1/69 Steve Blass
3/12/1969 Jackie Farrell
4/29/69 Sports writers night - Bill Lee, Art McGinley
10/28/69 Sparky Lyle
11/17/69 Mark Belanger
12/6/69 Fred Wallner (Hartford Knights football coach) ; WSC President Walter Lawrence passed away that evening
2/5/70 Russ Gibson
3/18/70 Art Ditmar
11/01/70 Steve Blass
12/03/70 Wayne Granger
1/9/71 Gene Michael
3/3/71 Tom Gorman (Umpire)
4/18/71 Writer's Night (Bill Lee, Art McGinley, Earl Yost)
2/2/72 Steve Blass
4/19/72 Sports writers night
6/4/72 Ladies Night
10/25/72 Skip Jutze
11/13/72 Richie Hebner
1/22/73 Johnny Pesky
2/10/73 Tom Gorman (Umpire)
3/21/73 Gene Conley
10/24/73 Bill Lee
12/6/73 Sparky Lyle
1/24/74 Tug McGraw
10/29/74 Rick Burleson
11/19/74 Jack Redding ( Baseball Hall of Fame librarian)
12/4/74 Elliot Maddox
1/7/75 Dick McAuliffe
2/3/75 Ralph Kiner
10/30/75 Bernie Carbo
12/8/75 Ed Kranepool
1/6/76 Jim Lonborg
2/4/76 Johnny Pesky
10/27/76 Chris Chambliss
12/9/76 Larry Bowa
1/13/77 Dwight Evans
2/15/77 Ken Brett
3/31/77 Jerry Kapstein (Player Agent)
4/20/77 Ken Smith (Director, National Baseball Hall of Fame)
11/21/77 Johnny Pesky
12/17/77 Brooks Robinson
1/25/78 Butch Hobson
2/13/78 Paul Blair
3/15/78 Henry Berry (Author)
10/23/78 Bill Campbell
12/4/78 Roy White
1/4/79 Bobby Valentine
2/8/79 Johnny Ellis
3/27/79 Monte Irvin
10/25/79 Bob Stanley
12/5/79 Tommy John
1/8/80 Terry Tata (Umpire)
2/12/80 Bill Almon
3/20/80 Bobby Thomson
4/22/80 Sportwriters Night
10/29/80 John Tudor
12/10/80 Bob Watson
1/5/81 Rich Gale
2/9/81 Joe Lefebvre
4/15/81 Ed Walton (Author)
12/7/81 Ron Davis
11/11/81 Rich Gedman
1/13/82 Billy Gardner
2/2/82 Jim Beattie
3/22/82 Donald Honig (Author)
10/28/82 Tom Burgmeier
12/14/82 Steve Palermo (Umpire)
1/5/83 Gene Michael
2/2/83 Wade Boggs
3/14/83 Jim Lonborg
4/18/83 New Britain Red Sox
11/17/83 Wade Boggs
12/14/83 Willie Upshaw
2/16/84 Don Mattingly
3/27/84 Terry Tata (Umpire)
4/15/84 New Britain Red Sox
10/1/84 Al Nipper
11/28/84 Tim Teufel
1/16/85 Mookie Wilson
2/7/85 Lou Gorman (Red Sox GM)
4/15/85 New Britain Red Sox
10/7/85 Bill Buckner
11/25/85 Don Mattingly
12/12/85 Steve Lyons
1/7/86 Mike Pagliarulo
2/16/86 Mike Torrez
4/21/86 New Britain Red Sox
11/25/86 Marty Barrett
12/22/86 Bobby Valentine
1/15/87 Bob Tewksbury
3/2/87 Sam Mele
4/14/87 New Britain Red Sox
11/11/87 Todd Benzinger
1/12/88 Greg Gagne
1/27/88 Ellis Burks
2/10/88 John Marzano
4/7/88 New Britain Red Sox
11/9/88 Rick Cerone
12/5/88 Dennis Lamp
1/11/89 John Cerutti
2/7/89 Rob Dibble
3/7/89 George Foster
4/20/89 New Britain Red Sox
10/25/89 Dave LaPoint
12/5/89 Rob Murphy
1/4/90 Mauro Gozzo, Rollie Johnson (Scout)
2/20/90 Mark Hirschbeck (Umpire)
4/26/90 New Britain Red Sox
11/15/90 Dana Kiecker
12/11/90 Bob Tewksbury
1/10/91 Tommy Agee
2/7/91 Mo Vaughn, Kevin Morton, Rico Brogna
4/10/91 New Britain Red Sox
11/13/91 Jeff Bagwell
12/10/91 Bill Lee
1/14/92 Pete Harnisch
2/18/92 George Foster
4/27/92 New Britain Red Sox
11/11/92 Joe Pepitone
12/9/92 George Scott
1/14/93 John Valentin
4/22/93 New Britain Red Sox
10/6/93 Aaron Sele
11/9/93 Ken Ryan
12/8/93 Brad Ausmus
1/18/94 Roy White
4/11/94 New Britain Red Sox
11/9/94 Gary Waslewski
1/26/95 Rico Petrocelli
11/6/95 Bill Lee
1/10/96 Bill Madlock
3/4/96 Doc Ellis
4/22/96 New Britain Rock Cats
10/21/96 Jay Johnstone
11/18/96 Dick Radatz
12/11/96 Ricky Bottalico
1/6/97 Sam McDowell
2/11/97 Ron LeFlore
9/18/97 Luis Tiant
10/9/97 Jimmy Wynn
11/5/97 Butch Hobson
12/3/97 Walt Dropo
2/10/98 Lenny Merullo, Matt Merullo
4/30/98 New Britain Rock Cats
10/8/98 Bobby Bonds
11/16/98 Clete Boyer
12/7/98 Crash Davis
2/21/99 Bob Feller
3/25/99 Spec Shea
5/17/99 New Britain Rock Cats
11/10/99 Ed Kranepool
12/13/99 Jim Reynolds (Umpire)
1/11/2000 Bill Lee
2/16/2000 Arnold Dean (Sportscaster)
3/28/2000 Jim Bouton
4/18/2000 Gerry Berthiaume (Rock Cats GM)
11/9/2000 Dick McAuliffe
12/5/2000 Roland Johnson, Gary Larocque (Mets Scouts)
1/8/2001 Johnny Pesky
2/6/2001 Frank Howard
3/19/2001 Fay Vincent
4/23/2001 Ryne Duren
11/7/2001 Ken Coleman (Sportscaster)
12/5/2001 Jose Pagan
1/9/2002 Ken Mackenzie
2/7/2002 Ken Ryan
3/1820/02 Bob Montgomery
4/25/2002 Bob Turley
11/7/2002 Bernie Carbo
12/9/2002 Casey Fossum
1/8/2003 Johnny Blanchard
2/6/2003 Rico Brogna
3/18/2003 Ed Charles
4/23/2003 New Britain Rock Cats
11/17/2003 Bill Skowron
12/11/2003 Tommy John
1/8/2004 Sam Horn
2/2/2004 Paul Blair
3/8/2004 Ralph Houk
4/20/2004 New Britain Rock Cats
10/13/2004 Clem Labine
11/8/2004 Frank Thomas (Pirates/Mets '51-'66)
12/6/2004 Rich Gedman
1/11/2005 George Foster
2/17/2005 Ron Swoboda
3/22/2005 Monte Irvin
4/14/2005 New Britain Rock Cats
10/10/2005 Dock Ellis, Ron LeFlore
11/14/2005 Jim McAndrew
12/12/2005 Russ Gibson
1/10/2006 Bill Lee
2/6/2006 Butch Hobson
3/6/2006 Bobby Richardson
4/12/2006 New Britain Rockcats
9/21/2006 Cliff Johnson
10/30/2006 Jack Aker
11/20/2006 Bob Stanley, Roger LaFrancois
12/4/2006 Mike Easler
1/8/2007 Jim Rice
2/26/2007 Billy Sample
3/12/2007 Tommy Davis
4/16/2007 Mark Fidrych
5/3/2007 New Britain Rock Cats
9/10/2007 Jimmy Piersall
10/9/2007 Pete Walker, Todd Donovan
11/19/2007 Dennis 'Oil Can' Boyd
12/10/2007 Duke Sims
1/28/2008 Bob Ojeda
2/25/2008 Jim 'Mudcat' Grant
3/31/2008 Stan Bahnsen
4/9/2008 New Britain Rockcats
9/25/2008 Ken Griffey Sr.
10/6/2008 John Montefusco
11/10/2008 Rick Cerone
12/15/2008 Fergie Jenkins
2/18/2009 Ricky Bottalico
3/9/2009 John Ellis
4/22/2009 New Britain Rock Cats
9/30/2009 Jim Kaat
10/26/2009 Ron Blomberg
11/23/2009 Scott McGregor
12/15/2009 Rajai Davis and Craig Breslow
01/25/2010 Jon McDonald
02/22/2010 Jesse Barfield
03/15/2010 Mike Torrez
04/14/2010 The New Britain Rock Cats
9/13/2010 Art Shamsky
10/4/2010 Jay Johnstone
11/8/2010 Dwight Gooden
12/6/2010 Bucky Dent
1/3/2011 Jim Lonborg and Mark DeJohn
2/7/2011 Lee Smith
3/28/2011 Elliot Maddox
4/20/2011 New Britain Rockcats
10/18/2011 Willie Upshaw
11/28/2011 (Walpole) Joe Morgan
Joe Castiglione
12/13/2011 Connecticut Futures Night:
Jim Penders
Matt Barnes
Andrew Carignan
George Springer
01/30/2012 Howard Johnson
02/29/2012 Trot Nixon
03/30/2012 Doug Glanville
04/25/2012 New Britain Rockcats
10/17/2012 Mike Boddicker
11/15/2012 Frank White
12/17/2012 Rico Petrocelli
01/10/2013 Jimy Williams and Bob Schaefer
02/18/2013 Shane Spencer
04/09/2013 Gaylord Perry
05/02/2013 New Britain Rockcats
11/13/2013 Bruce Hurst
12/12/2013 Ed Randall and Matt Hyde
01/28/2014 Mike Trombley
02/12/2014 Willie Wilson
03/12/2014 Marty Barrett
04/07/2014 Roy White

PAST SPEAKERS
In the illustrious history of the World Series Club, we've had over 330 baseball professionals as the featured speaker at our meetings.

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HISTORY
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