Chief of the diamond; Phil D’Agostino set the standard for Southington baseball

D’Agostino let everybody else do the bragging, and he let his own performance do the talking. He was known from driving long homeruns onto the house at the back of Pexto Field during Southington pick-up games. He batted over .300 in each of his seasons at the high school, although most of his exploits are lost to history because coverage of the war and rationing of resources made high school baseball articles scarce in the 1940s.

Still, his legend grew. Even today, the former Chief of Police is known more for his stolen bases than for catching people stealing. That’s why it’s no surprise that members of the selection committee selected D’Agostino to be inducted into the Southington Sports Hall of Fame.

He will be inducted posthumously in a ceremony at the Aqua Turf on Thursday, Nov. 8.

“He would have liked this. It would have brought a smile to his face,” said his son, Pete. “My mother’s really excited about it. It’s an honor.”

For tickets, contact Jim Verderame at (860) 628-7335.

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