The Bristol Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 21st annual induction program on Friday, Nov. 17, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bristol, with the doors opening at 6 p.m.
Don Cassin will be inducted posthumously, while in attendance will be honorees John Benzinger, Daryl Floyd, Joe Jandreau, Jack Hines, Dr. Werner “Willie“ Rosshirt, Matt Wilson and Adrian Wojnarowski.
Benzinger played baseball and football at Bristol Eastern as a member of the Class of 1982, the latter as an All-State selection. He went on to be an honorable mention football All-American at UMass before making the roster of the New England Patriots during the NFL’s strike season of 1987. He then played on two national American Football Association championship teams.
Cassin is a graduate of Bristol High in the late 1940s. He played local sports growing up before a year of football at UConn. He played three sports in the U.S. Navy, including playing football in the Japanese Rice Bowl. He’s been a coach and sponsor of sports teams in Bristol and was honored as a member of the Bristol Tramps.
Floyd was a 1975 graduate of Bristol Eastern, winning All-State honors in basketball, as well as a two-time city record-holder in track team relays. He played four years of basketball at Boston University, being selected for the most improved player award as a junior. A physical therapist, he’s received national recognition for his humanitarian work.
Jandreau helped Forestville to a fifth place finish in the 1976 Little League World Series. He went on to lead the Bristol Pony League in batting twice, while earning All-State baseball honors playing baseball for Bristol Eastern. He was a two-time Zone 1 All-Star playing for the Bristol American Legion baseball team.
Hines was a baseball captain at Hartford High who went on to play one season at CCSU. He coached high school baseball and was inducted into the Greater Hartford Twilight Baseball League Hall of Fame. When he came to Bristol, he quickly became part of the community. He has served as both president and executive director of the BHSOF and has been honored by the Bristol Tramps.
Rosshirt is a 1976 Bristol High School graduate who played three sports at that level, going 13-0 in tennis his senior year and earning second team All-State basketball honors. He was a co-captain in basketball at Trinity College, where he earned the school’s top scholar-athlete award as a junior. He says that playing sports helped him obtain his goal of becoming a doctor.
Wilson was All-State in baseball for Bristol Central in 1989, while also a standout on the Bristol American Legion team. He went on to play four years of baseball at Stetson University before playing professionally. He completed his doctorate at the University of Georgia and is currently associate professor of sports there. His writings have appeared nationally.
Wojnarowski, a 1987 graduate of Bristol Central, is currently the senior NBA insider for ESPN. He spent a decade with Yahoo Sports, helping revolutionize the newsgathering industry on internal and social media with breaking news, storytelling and information. He’s a two-time national sports writing columnist of the year and penned a New York Times best seller on Bob Hurley’s St. Anthony High School basketball dynasty.
Tickets for the dinner are $40 and can be purchased by contacting Linda Mannarino at 860-582-0310, or sending a check payable to BSHOF, c/o Linda Mannarino, P.O. Box 2954, Bristol, CT 06011-2954.