Once upon a time ...

The Jaycees captured their second consecutive title by defeating the Eagles in three games.

Jaycees won game one behind the four hit pitching of Bill Denehy. He pitched a four hitter and struck out 12.

In Game Two, the Eagles erupted for seven runs in the top of the sixth for a 7-3 win. Bob Huffman of Jaycees had a no hitter through five innings. John Jordon winning pitcher. The key hit was a Ray Warenda bases loaded double.

The Jaycees won the title game 10-7. They had only four hits but took advantage of the Eagles' Pete Collins wildness as he walked 15. The Jaycees had two hits each from Bob Huffman and Tom Lombardo. The Eagles had six hits, two each from John Jordon, Dennis Drury, and Peter Collins.

District Tournament
Middletown returned to the Connecticut Little League Tournament thanks to the Moose All Stars.

In the first game at Baroni Field Moose edged Pat Kidney 11-10. Moose used the power of four home runs and three doubles for their win. Joe Micale had two homeruns and Tom Lombardo and Bob Huffman each hit one. Paul LaBella, Bill Denehy, Micale, Lombardo, and Huffman each had two hits. Bill Denehy pitched a complete game for Moose. He gave up seven hits,seven walks and struckout nine. John Jordon,Les Kesten, and Pat Milardo pitched for Pat Kidney. Ed Kosloski had two hits for Pat Kidney.

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Pat Kidney All Stars 2 2 0 0 6 0
10
7
2
Moose All Stars 0 2 3 3 3 x
11
11
3

Moose used the two hit pitching of Paul LaBella to shutout Cromwell 3-0 at Baroni Field. LaBella walked four and struckout four.

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

Moose captured the District title by defeating Shoreline All Stars 3-1 at Baroni Field. Bill Denehy threw a four hitter. He struckout seven and walked none. Bob Huffman, Phil Sienna and Tom Lombardo had the Moose hits.

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

The Moose All Stars are defeated by Quinnebaug in the State Tournament. The host team scored early and defeated Moose 12-2. Moose pitched Paul LaBella, Tom LaBella, and Joe Micale. Phil Sienna had two hits for Moose.

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Quinebaug All Stars 3 4 1 0 3 1
12
12
3
Moose All Stars 1 0 1 0 0 0
2
4
5

1958 Moose League All Stars - District Champions
Managers Stretch Denehy and Dr. Archer
Bob Huffman, Phil Sienna, Paul LaBella, Tom Lombardo, Bill Denehy, Tommy Peterson, Joe Micale, John Rostosky, Tom Serra, Dennis LaChase, Skip Hagy, Ed Winarski, Tom LaBella, Richard CoFrancesco

1958 Pat Kidney League All Stars
Managers Charlie Gibson and John Pistel.
Ed Kosloski, Dale Holmes, Les Kesten, Pete Collins, Pat Milardo, John Jordon, Wayne Burgess, Tony Muraca, Jim Moore, David Ackerman, B. Lyons, N. Dominic, T. Sanstrom, C. Ready.

In 1967, Bill Denehy becomes the second Middletown Little Leaguer to play in the Major Leagues. He is shown here in his 1968 Washington Senators card.

The 1967 Street and Smith Official Baseball Yearbook touts three young New York Mets pitchers: Nolan Ryan, George (better known as Tom) Seaver and Bill Denehy. "Expected to make it in a year or two, he has major league stuff with a good slider. Denehy made the New York-Penn League All Star team in '65. He was 13-9, struck out 135 in 194 innings and had an ERA of 2.78. Last season, he was 9-2 at Williamsport with an ERA of 1.97 in 128 innings before finishing up in Jacksonville.", the magazine wrote.

On November 27, 1967 Denehy made baseball news when he and $100,000 were traded to the Washington Senators for manager Gil Hodges. In two years, Hodges would lead the Amazin' 1969 Mets to a World Series title over the Baltimore Orioles.

 

Bill Denehy's Major League Career
Denehy, William Francis
Born: March 31, 1946 - Middletown, CT
6'3" 200 lbs. - Bats: Right - Throws: Right
Year Team Win Loss ERA Games IP Hits BB K Saves
1967 New York N 1 7 4.70 15 53.2 51 29 35 0
1968 Washington A 0 0 9.00 3 2 4 4 1 0
1971 Detroit A 0 3 4.22 31 49 47 28 27 1
Totals 3 yr. 1 10 4.56 49 104.2 102 61 63 1

Monterrey, Mexico becomes the first team to win consecutive Little League World Series.


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