In the late 1930’s and early 1940’s Windsor Locks was home to a number of good pitchers. Robert Sheehan ranks as one of the best.

No matter the level of baseball he played, Bob averaged at least 10 strikeouts per game.

He was on the Post 36 American Legion team that won the state title in 1942. In the semi-final of the state tournament he struck out 14 batters in helping the team beat Wethersfield 3-2.

His best start in the tournament was when the team beat district leader West Hartford 6-0.

In 1944 Bob started his high school career. In those days high school baseball teams did not play many games. Nevertheless, Bob continued striking out at least 10 batters per game throughout high school.

In 1944 he had a 5-2 record, threw 4 shutouts, a one hitter and a 2 hitter for the season. In two of the games he struck out 12. At the plate he had 2 hits and 4 RBIS. In 1945 he was injured. His record was 1-1. Bob pitched a 2-0 shutout in the game he won and lost the second game
even though he struck out 13 batters.

His final high school season was 1946. Bob ended the year with a record of 4-2 throwing 2 more shutouts and allowing only one run in the other two wins. During his senior year Bob threw a one hitter, a 2 hitter, and a 3 hitter, dominating the competition. In two of his victories, he struck
out 12.

In the forties Windsor Locks had two teams that played in Farmington Valley League. In its day the Farmington Valley League was very competitive.

After graduating from high school in 1946 Bob played for the AA team and then Kettle Brook.

His first year in the league was the summer after he graduated and he
pitched only one game but won it 4-2. In his first start the following year Bob allowed only one run and in his second start he threw a no-hitter. In 1948 he had a regular spot in the pitching rotation. In his first start the team beat Simsbury 3-2 in 11 innings. Bob hit the game winning single.

While the team lost in his next start Bob pitched a no-hitter through 8 innings and allowed only one hit for the game.

Unfortunately, an error led to a New Hartford victory. In relief against
Wethersfield, Bob pitched 10 scoreless innings. In the town series he beat AA 4-2.

The final start of the year, Bob recorded a win against Farmington 5-3. 1949 was Bob’s final year pitching for Kettle Brook. He won 6 games, the best being a win against Windsor 2-0. In 1950 the Kettle Brook team folded and Bob moved on to play semi-pro baseball in Canada.

After he hung up his spikes, Bob coached Little League Baseball. He
married June Fitzpatrick in 1950.

Bob had 5 children. John Sheehan and his wife Sue, Tim Sheehan and his wife Lisa, Karen Colone, Theresa Sheehan, and Robin Sabine and her husband Kenneth.

Bob worked for the Connecticut State Highway
Department for 39 years. He also worked at night at Hamilton Standard for 15 years.

Never one to let the grass grow under his feet, on the weekends he had a
surveying business.

His DOT work was interrupted by 2 years in the service. He attended topographic school in Belvour, Virgina before being shipped to Korea.

Bob enjoyed hunting and fishing in his years before retirement. Once he retired, he enjoyed gardening and was always there to help his family.

A number of great pitchers have been inducted into the Windsor Locks Hall of Fame.

While it is hard to compare generations, Bob Sheehan proved he belonged on the list of the best pitchers from Windsor Locks.

He joins his son Tim as an inductee this year.

est 2005