BRISTOL BITS: Bristol sports legend was a celebrity back then and today

Published on Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:57
Written by Bob Montgomery

This photo of Phil Mannarino comes from the 1963 senior class yearbook at the former St. Anthony’s High School. Phil was a celebrity then and remains so today. This is what was written about him in the yearbook:

“A real man is found out by his sports.” Three sports star...shy at times...enigmatic smile.

Phil was inducted into the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 because his lifetime in sports as a captain in three sports at St. Anthony’s; playing baseball at CCSU; as a member of two state championship Bristol American Legion baseball teams; playing in the Greater Hartford Twilight Baseball League; and volunteer coaching at the Bristol Boys & Girls Club and for the Bristol Pony League. He coached softball at Plainville High and girls soccer at Bristol Eastern, combining for over 450 wins and winning six softball conference titles.

Reversible names

Our IT guy at Central Connecticut Communications is Dan David and his first and last names could be reversed to David Dan and those who do not know of him would not blink twice at the name. The same is true with Kim Kay, a longtime employee at Harvest Bakery. She could be Kay Kim.

Homework for readers: Contact me if anyone knows of any others out there with names that could be reversed and still seem normal.

Rewind 2002 (15 years ago)

Following his graduation from the certified master gardening program at UConn, Bill Englert, owner of City True Value Hardware, can now say his business has two gardening experts. He joins Tom Andrews, a part-time morning employee, who also had completed the 16-week, one day a week course.

In addition to the classes, participants also take on a 30-hour civic project and volunteer on the “hot line” for the State of Connecticut with regards to the needs of local nature. Bill recently had 1,000 state-purchased evergreens planted next to hemlocks on Chippens Hill because the hemlocks are helplessly doomed to die due to uncontrolled disease.

Bristol Central senior Jillian Sullivan won first place in the girls seeded race at the Wickham Invitational, running a time of 16:26. As a junior last year, Sullivan won the unseeded race to move up to the seeded race this season.

Message to Dean Barney

Dean, the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame is looking to update an address for Phil Lewis, a 2008 inductee. Can you get it to me at the email or phone number shown at the end of this column?


I believe this is the license plate that Plymouth/Terryville resident Guy Nietupski has on his snazzy, sporty convertible.

Shout out to Tom Doyle

Tom, retired Bristol grammar school educator, stopped by The Press on Wednesday with a 2018 calendar. He thought I might want to have it because there’s a quote on one of the pages with credit given to a Robert Montgomery. Not me, though, but it’s a nice conversation piece when visitors stop by here.


I just had a glance at a license plate that looked like it read: DBLTRBL. It was on a black pick-up truck and after seeing it, my first thought that the driver had twins or jokingly two kids that were handfuls.

Write to Bob Montgomery, ℅ The Bristol Press, 188 Main St., Bristol, CT 06010. Call 860-973-1808 or email

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Forestville, General News on Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:57. Updated: Thursday, 12 October 2017 21:00.