FAN OF THE GAME: sandy dipinto

A lifelong resident of Windsor Locks, Sandy became interested in sports at an early age. Before and after WWII, one could always find him attending a local sporting event, be it football, baseball or basketball.

For close to 40 years, Sandy had his barber shop on the corner of Spring and Main. However, when redevelopment came through, Sandy’s shop was taken down.

Forcing him to change careers, he then became a custodian in the Windsor Locks school system, starting at Union School, then moving to the High School. This career change allowed him to attend more afternoon games, such as soccer, football, baseball and softball, along with the usual Tuesday and Friday night basketball games. Many of the athletes he saw play are now in the WLHOF.

In the early 1960’s, a group of young men formed the W.L. Merchant basketball league, which was played on Sunday nights at the Union School. Sandy was there every week, sitting in the last row of the bleachers, quietly watching the games.

Then, in the mid 1970’s, Windsor Locks started a men’s softball league. Again, Sandy never missed a game, watching nightly from his backyard. Both leagues nominated him as their “number one fan.”

Known by many as a huge follower of the NY Yankees, and NY Football Giants, Sandy would always say that his favorite teams were those that wore the Windsor Locks uniform.

When asked about his biggest thrill in sports, without hesitation his answer was watching Windsor Locks win the Little League World Series.

est 2005