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STAMFORD OLD TIMERS

November 10, 2018

The Stamford Old Timers Association will hold its 76th annual dinner on Monday, December 3 at 6 p.m. at the Stamford Italian Center at 1620 Newfield Ave. The national honoree will be Stamford native Gary Vitti, who was the Los Angeles Lakers’ head athletic trainer for 32 years.

To purchase tickets ($85), please call 203-722-3675 or email jcat6@optonline.net.

Here is a rundown on the dinner’s six local honorees.

JOE CARCUSA

Carcusa was born in Stamford in 1940 and played baseball and football at Stamford High School. Joe was a member of the American Legion Baseball Oscar Cowen Post 3 state championship team in 1957.

Carcusa played college baseball at Rider College, in the summer Stamford Twilight League as well as for the Stamford Yankees of the Stamford Baseball Independent League.

Carcusa went on to have a nearly four decade career in banking, starting at State National Bank in New Canaan in 1963.

MIKE VERSES

Verses was born in Stamford in 1949 and became an All-State baseball player at Stamford High when Charlie Pike was on the Black Knights’ staff.

Verses was one of the 200 founding players of the Stamford Babe Ruth League and won the league’s first MVP award.

Verses signed with the Montreal Expos in 1969. In 1972, Mike was a member of the Conetta Yankees Stamford Twilight League squad that won the Stan Musial World Series Championship in Michigan.

He has been a baseball umpire for decades.

DENNIS EVERLEIGH

Everleigh lived in Stamford for 55 years and was a 1965 graduate of Rippowam High School where he played baseball, football and basketball. Among his Rippowam coaches were Phil Ragozzino, Ron Parente and Al Shanen.

Playing college baseball at Wittenberg University, Everleigh was on Ohio Conference Champion teams in 1966 and 1968. Dennis played with Bobby Valentine and Bennett Salvatore on the 1966 Stamford American Legion Oscar Cowen Post No. 3 baseball team.

Everleigh played baseball in the Stamford Twilight League under coach Bobby Attanasio.

Everleigh served as a Vice-President and acting President during his 25 years on the board of the Stamford Youth Soccer League and founded the Girls Soccer Division of the organization. He was the first president of North Stamford Little League baseball.

Everleigh became a Superior Court Judge in 1998. In 2010, he was appointed to the Connecticut Supreme Court as an Associate Justice. He still hears cases in Appellate Court as a retired judge.

RICHARD CONETTA

Richard A. Conetta was born on the West Side of Stamford in 1940.

Conetta was a member of the Stamford Base Ruth Baseball 1954 National Championship team, the 1955 Babe Ruth Baseball New England Championship team that went to the Babe Ruth World Series in Austin, Texas under coach Sharkey Laureno and the 1958 Stamford American Legion Baseball State Championship squad.

Conetta played baseball and football at Stamford High and received a scholarship in both sports to the University of Bridgeport.

Conetta was a teacher and coach for 38 years in the Port Chester, N.Y. Public School system. He was a baseball umpire for 20 years.

RONNE GARBER

Ronne Garber was born in Queens, N.Y. She graduated from Arnold College, University of Bridgeport.

In 1970, she began teaching at Newfield Elementary School and moved to Davenport Ridge School in 1972. Garber officiated FCIAC field hockey and basketball games for 10 years.

Garber founded and expanded the intramurals athletics program for boys and girls in grades 4-6 while at Davenport Ridge.

JOE TASSITANO

Joe Tassitano was born in the Belltown section of Stamford in 1939.

In 1971, Tassitano was one of the original coaches of the Stamford Youth Basketball League. Joe also coached in the North Stamford Babe Ruth Baseball League and served as commissioner and coach for 13 years. He was also a basketball referee with IABBO, Board 9.

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