Once upon a time ...

The Merchants defeated the Moose two games to one.

In Game One, the Merchants held a three to one lead going into bottom of sixth. Howard Dorfman homered. Terry Cahill singled. David Bloom doubled. A throwing error scored Cahill. Stephen Holmes hit a slow roller down third base line which scored Bloom giving Moose a 4-3 win. Bill Murphy was the winning pitcher. John Krauth was charged with loss.

In Game Two, Howard Jones doubled in Tommy D'Aquila in the first with only run of the game. Final Merchants 1-0. John Robinson was thewinning pitcher. He threw a three hitter and struck out 13. Howard Dorfman threw a two hitter and lost.

In Game Three the Merchants used two run homers by John Robinson and David Johnson for a 4-3 victory. Dorfman homered for Moose. John Krauth was the winning pitcher. Murphy was the loser. .

1956 Merchants - Pat Kidney League and City Champs
Front Row ( L to R ): Jack Kraut, Warren Haight, Tom Sanstrom, Bob Schockett, Dick Moore, Joe Pagerino
Back Row ( L to R ): Coach John Tynan, Scott Sears, Tom D'Aquila, John Robinson, Dave Johnson,
Joe Powers, Howie Jones, Don Lombardo, Curly Ready - Batboy: Jim Moore - Missing: Coach Fran Patenaude

Photo courtesy of D. Lombardo

District One Tournament
The Pat Kidney All Stars opened their district play with a trip to Essex to meet the CDE All Stars at Hubbard Field. In a pitching duel, between Dave Halden of CDE and John Krauth of Pat Kidney, CDE prevailed 1-0. Halden pitched a two hitter and homered in the top pf the sixth inning for the game's lone run. Krauth pitched a four hitter. He struck out nine and walked no one. Two of the CDE hits were by Tommy Burton. Burton, Halden, and Dickie Burr of CDE were members of the 1955 District champions. In 1955, CDE lost in the state semi-finals to East Hartford. The Pat Kidney hits were by Howard Jones and Dave Johnson.

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
CDE All Stars 0 0 0 0 0 1
Pat Kidney All Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0

The Moose All Stars were defeated by the CDE All Stars at Hubbard Park in Middletown 12-6. Tommy Burton was the winning pitcher for CDE. He gave up eight hits. Burton walked three and fanned nine. Richard Satagaj was the Pat Kidney starter and losing pitcher. He was relieved by Bill Murphy. CDE had ten hits and Moose committed seven errors. Tommy Burton and Dave Halden homered for CDE. Joe Palin added three hits. Pat Kidney watched as the Moose All Stars fell behind early 7-1 and could not overtake CDE. Moose had a two run homer from Howard Dorfman in the third. Jim Zawisa had three hits and Bill Murphy two for Moose.

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
CDE All Stars 3 4 0 2 3 0
Moose All Stars 1 0 2 0 2 1

In the District One finals in Meriden, CDE lost to Plainville 4-1 in seven innings. Bill Accusti's three run homer off Tommy Burton was game winner.

1956 Moose League All Stars
Managers Dr. Archer and Mr. Baroni.
Bill Murphy, Howard Dorfman, Pat Riccardi, Dick Dawson, Vic Carta, Willie Hunter, Richard Satagaj, Rich Rostosky, Frank Snipes, John DiNatale, Teddy Thompson, Jim Zawisa, Jim Neville.

1956 Pat Kidney League All Stars
Managers John Tynan and Fran Patnaude.
John Robinson, Howard Jones, Tom D'Aquila, Joe Powers, Dave Johnson, John Krauth, Barry Goldstein, Joe Muraca, Tom Fiducia, Jack McDonald, Weldon James, Bob Hartigan, Jim Savage, Austin Hall.

The first Little League World Series perfect game is pitched by Fred Shapiro of Delaware Township, New Jersey. A few weeks later, Don Larsen of the New York Yankees becomes the first major league pitcher to throw a World Series perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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