We are pleased to announce that 2019 season the Twilight League will welcome back a longtime team sponsor, Malloves Jewelers who will fund our Middletown-based franchise.
From 1980 to 1993 the Malloves Jewelers team and their owner, Jerome “Buzzy” Levin, were a vital part of the GHTBL. Buzzy would later be named to the GHTBL Hall of Fame (Sponsor Division) recognizing his generous support of the league. Marc Levin, current owner and President of Malloves Jewelers graciously agreed to fund the Middletown team for their 2019 campaign. Marc is a GHTBL alumni himself – as a part of the original Malloves team from 1980 to 1984.
Back then, Malloves featured pro-caliber players such as Middletown’s Bob Bruzik who became a shortstop in the Seattle Mariners farm system, John Giudice, outfielder at Eastern Connecticut State University who played in the Colorado Rockies system, Dave Guild of the University of Connecticut, and Chris Thomas, a Stetson University graduate and minor league catcher in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Other standout players were pitcher, Todd Mogren, outfielder, Carl Vazquez and pitcher/third basemen, Pete Daniels from ECSU. In 1988, Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, Jeff Bagwell played a handful of games for Malloves before turning pro. That same year Bill Denehy, who was famously traded from the New York Mets to the Washington Senators for manager Gil Hodges in 1967, pitched for Malloves Jewelers at the age of 42.
Established in 1929, the Greater Hartford Twilight Baseball League is Connecticut’s premier wood bat, amateur baseball league for adults. Over 300 Hartford Twilight players have advanced to professional baseball since the league’s founding. Former Major League players from the GHTBL include Pete Naktenis, Bob Repass, Moe Drabowsky, Monk Dubiel, Joey Jay and many more. Jeff Bagwell, Bernie Williams, Rob Dibble and Ricky Bottalico played in the GHTBL before becoming MLB All-Stars. Hartford Twilight alumni currently employed by Major League Baseball are St. Louis Cardinals Director of Player Development, Gary LaRocque and Toronto Blue Jays Pitching Coach, Pete Walker. GHTBL alumni now playing professional baseball include A.J. Pollock of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Scott Oberg of the Colorado Rockies. As a non-profit organization, the GHTBL preserves and promotes amateur baseball in the Greater Hartford area while supporting the community through charitable giving.
HOME FIELD: Buzzy Levin Field, Farm Hill Road, Middletown, CT
Schedule: TBD https://ghtbl.org/schedule