The 1965 Windsor Locks Little League Team

During the summer of 1965, 6,350 teams from across the world began a baseball journey. Playing in a single elimination format, sixteen youngsters representing the small blue-collar town of Windsor Locks, Connecticut defeated thirteen of those teams to become the 1965 Little League World Champions.


Front Row L to R: Bob Creech, Mike O’Connor, Phil Devlin, Howie Tersavich, Steve Scheerer, Tom Billick.
Midlle Row: Bruce Ackerlind, Wayne Arent, Ted Holmes, Bill Boardman, Bob Rumbold.
Top Row: Coach Russ Mattesen, Mike Roche, Dale Misiek, Al Barrett, Fran Aniello, Dennis Dakin, Mgr. Bob O’Connor.

Run by run, inning by inning, game by game, the winning continued from District 8 Champions to being crowned state champions. A game-ending triple play in Staten Island against Danvers, Massachusetts paved the way to Williamsport. In exciting tournament play, Windsor Locks proved themselves the best in the world by winning 3  more games, culminated by a terrific home run, outstanding pitching, and focused coaching in a 3-1 victory over Stony Creek, Canada. A record crowd of 21,000 fans attended the championship game. As they did so often, Mike Roche and Dale MIKDAL2Misiek played key roles in the win. Mike struck out 14, while Dale smacked a two run homer to seal the victory, 3-1. . Windsor Locks had outscored their opponents 69-12 that year. Roche and Boardman had an amazing combined ERA of 0.53 in the 13 games. Dale hit 6 home runs and made an outstanding defensive play at first to seal the 1-0 win against a very tough Waco, Texas team in the semis at Williamsport. The boys were welcomed home by cheering fans and signs that read “Who wants the Beatles, when we have you?” and “Thirteen games-Thirteen victories.” Many of these boys went on to form the nucleus of the 1970 WLHS state championship soccer team–the soccer team that Dan Sullivan said was the best he ever coached; in fact, team members Howie Tersavich and Mike O’Connor became high school All-Americans in soccer!

1990 Team Reunion
1990 Team Reunion: Note that players are in the same position as in the original team photo.

We cherish in our memories players Wayne Arent and Bill Boardman, manager, Bob O’Connor, and league President, Francis Aniello, Sr. who have all passed away. The enduring legacy of the achievements of this World Championship team will be forever remembered, appreciated, and celebrated.


SERIESRESLT2The team roster along with some notes about the team members and where they are now can be seen in the table below.


Akerlind Bruce  nuclear power worker
Aniello, Jr. Francis  retired teacher/coach
Arent Wayne  died of cancer 1974
Barrett Albert  engineer–Massachusetts
Billick Thomas  manages FL golf course
Boardman William  died July 2000 of cancer
Creech, Jr. Robert  lives in TN
Dakin Dennis  retired juice company executive
Devlin Phillip retired teacher/coach
Holmes Edward  W. Htfd teacher/coach
Mattesen Russell  retired
Misiek Dale  maxillofacial surgeon in NC
O’Connor Michael  retired Marine Corps colonel/aviator
O’Connor Robert  died 2007
Roche Michael  local tax accountant/real estate
Rumbold Bob  Fox Ch 61 sports reporter
Scheerer Stephen  lives in GA
Tersavich, Jr. Howard  works for Cox Cable

Hartford Courant August 19, 1990

Hartford Courant August 18, 1990

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