- Leo Pinsky
Leo Pinsky (born
28 September 1926in Hartford, Connecticut) is a member of the Connecticut High School Coaches Hall of Fame and was the first Connecticutcoach to win three state baseballchampionships (1957, 1965, 1978). He won 411 games and 12 league titles in 31 seasons coaching the Farmington Indians, holding a losing record only once.
Dick McAuliffe, who played with the Detroit Tigers.
Pinsky was named the outstanding couch for the year 1965 by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association after winning his second state title that year. [ [http://www.cthssports.com/show_full_news.php?article=31 CHSCA ] ] In 1986, Pinsky was named to the Hall of Fame for Greater Hartford Jewish Athletes. In 1988 he received the Baseball Coach Gold Award from "
Scholastic Coach Magazine", and in 1989 he was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association's Hall of Fame.
In 2003 he was unanimously voted to receive the
Red O'NeillAward from the University of Connecticut, citing his character, leadership, athletic ability and successful career. [Frank Litsky, UConn to Honor Former 2-Sport Star, N.Y. TIMES, May, 1 2003, at D7, available at http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE4D61F3DF932A35756C0A9659C8B63 (last visited Apr. 8, 2008); Press Release, UConn Club to Honor President Austin, April 23, 2003, available at http://advance.uconn.edu/2003/030428/03042805.htm (last visited Apr. 8, 2008)] Also in 2003 he was inducted into the Hartford Public High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Pinsky was a three sport athlete at Hartford High School (C '44) and played both baseball and football at the
University of Connecticut(C '50). In five years he never had a punt blocked. Until recently Leo, along with his brothers Jules, David, and Albert held a national collegiate record for the most football letters by a single family (13 from 1933 to 1949). [See Huskies, All-Time Letterrwinners, at 138, http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/MFootball/2006/MediaGuide/7/7-WholeSection.pdf]
Pinsky was drafted into the
United States Marine Corpsin the fall of his freshmanyear of college. He went through basic training at Paris Islandand also trained at Camp Lejeuneunder the legendary Marine officer Lewis "Chesty" Puller. Pinsky later served on the South Pacific island of Guamwhere he played baseball and famously hit two grand slams in a 8-7 win over the Navy.
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