Oct 23, 2013
05:54 AM
The Connecticut Story

Young Ballplayer Takes Field Named in Memory of his Uncle

Young Ballplayer Takes Field Named in Memory of his Uncle

´╗┐Catherine Avalone

Sandy Baroni Zajac holds a picture dated 1955 of her brother Richard Robert Baroni, whom the field that her grandson Zach recently played on was named for.

The Cromwell Blacks’ Little League contest against the Deep River Cubs on Saturday may have been just another ballgame for most of the kids on Middletown’s Richard Baroni Memorial Field.

But for Zach Zajac, a player on the Cromwell squad, the game held a special meaning that went beyond the baseball diamond.

Zach, 9, became the fourth generation of his family to take that particular field when he played in last weekend’s District Little League Championships.

More than 50 years ago Baroni Field was named in honor of Zach’s great uncle Richard, who was then only a little older than Zach is now.

Back in January 1957, Richard, a 10-year-old ballplayer for the Kiwanis Club in Middletown, tragically died after falling through the ice on Pameacha Pond. Soon afterward, the Richard Baroni Memorial Field was dedicated to the boy.

For Zach’s grandmother Sandy, a longtime resident who attended Saturday’s game, watching her grandson take the field for the game was something she called “very unusual and [a day] he’ll certainly never forget.” Sandy was only 5 when her big brother died.

It was emotional, Sandy said. “But I was very proud of him to be playing on the same field his great uncle and great grandfather played on.”

For the full story, visit Middletown Press.


Young Ballplayer Takes Field Named in Memory of his Uncle

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