Danbury Old Timers banquet set for Sept. 27
The Greater Danbury Old Timers Athletic Association will honor 11 award recipients at its annual awards banquet, set for Sept. 27 at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury. The award recipients will be Nick Baiad (sports), Peter Brady (civic), Ed Cowan (sports), Jackie DiNardo (special), Robert Gerwien (special), Don McGran (sports), Jim Pacific (sports), Choppy Pippa (sports), William Slifkin (special), Michael Stein (sports) and Les Wallin (sports).
Tickets cost $45 and are available from Frank Demunda, who can be reached at 203-748-7998 or at email@example.com. Tickets are also available at Pembroke Pumping and Iovino Brothers, both in Danbury. Tickets will not be available at the door.
Jim Pacific excelled in the sports of basketball, football, baseball, softball, and golf and is a charter member of the Danbury Rugby Club, playing for Immaculate HS from 1968-72, where he was a four-year varsity starter. For 37 years, he served the City of Danbury Police Department, earning the Medal of Bravery in 1989. He also serves as a coach for PAL girls basketball and boys baseball. He is a member of the Immaculate High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Charles “Choppy” Pippa played both shortstop and quarterback while at DHS from ’71-75, Mattatuck Community College, ’77-79, and WCSU, ’80-81. He was on teams that won multiple championships with the W.I.N.E. Hawks touch football team. As the owner of Pippa’s Sports Café, he sponsored numerous teams on both the adult and youth levels. He was a coach on the DHS FCIAC championship team and also coached the Bambinos to the championship in 1999.
William Slifkin has made a career of baseball in the Greater Danbury-Bethel Area. Among his many accomplishments are 1961-2000: coached numerous teams in Youth Baseball; 1981-2010: President of Bethel Baseball Association (30 years); 2003-present: Connecticut State Treasurer and Assistant State Commissioner for CT. Babe Ruth Baseball; Began the annual Jimmy Fund Tournament in Bethel that has raised over $100,000; Member of Connecticut babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame — elected 2010; Member of New England Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame — elected 2011; Currently on the Boards of Bethel and Danbury baseball; Currently on the executive board of the Danbury Westerners Baseball Club of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
Michael Stein is best known for his prowess in speed walking and soccer, having participated in the first Nutmeg State Games in 1989 and won 6 gold medals and one silver medal from the years 1989-95. He also participated in the Nutmeg Games in track and field and won a gold and two bronzes, the gold coming in the 1 mile speedwalk and the bronzes in the 100-meter dash and discus in the 60-64 age division. He also recently participated in the State Games of America in Colorado Springs, Colo., and won the national title in speedwalking, winning two golds, one in the 3,000-meter speedwalk and another in the 1,500-meter speedwalk.
Les Wallin specialized in basketball and baseball during his athletic career, playing Little League ball, playing at Rogers Park Junior High in 9th grade and on the Danbury High School Varsity Team in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. He went to the University of New Haven in 1983 on a four-year scholarship, where he played four straight years in the college world series. He was affiliated with the Boston Red Sox from 1987-94, signing a contract in 1987, and he can boast about being friends with both Carl Yastremski and Ellis Burke. As an All-State at DHS in 1983, Les played first base.