Connecticut Historical Society to Celebrate State’s Sports Heritage

March 10, 2015 · Press Releases
abe Ruth, seen shaking hands with Savitt Jewelers founder and philanthropist Bill Savitt

Babe Ruth, seen shaking hands with Savitt Jewelers founder and philanthropist Bill Savitt, visited Hartford to play a celebrity event with the local Savitt Gems team in 1945. (Photo by Jack Kosovsky from the Connecticut Historical Society Collection)

“Sports Spectacular” Tours to be held March 28

Hartford, Conn., March 10, 2015 – Long before it became the college basketball capital of the United States, Connecticut had a rich sports heritage. For example, the Savitt Gems, a semi-pro baseball team founded in 1932, played against semi-pro, minor league, Negro League and major league teams and hosted such great visiting players as Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Satchel Paige. 

For fans interested in experiencing the color and excitement of the Nutmeg State’s sports story, the Connecticut Historical Society Museum, 1 Elizabeth Street, will offer special “Sports Spectacular” tours on Saturday, March 28. The one-hour tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

Tour participants will visit CHS storage and collection areas not normally open to the public. They will learn how CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut and see items such as

  • the commemorative hockey stick given to fans at one of the last home games of the Hartford Whalers hockey team;
  • the tennis dress Katharine Hepburn wore in the 1930s and
  • a 1869 velocipede bicycle designed by James A. Lakin. Velocipedes were nicknamed “bone shakers” and were a far cry from today’s bikes with rubber tires and shock absorbers.

The tours are appropriate for everyone age 12 and older. Tickets are $10 for CHS members and $15 for non-members and are available online. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

For more information on the “Sports Spectacular” tours, email the Connecticut Historical Society at or call 860-236-5621.

About the Connecticut Historical Society

Established in Hartford in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society is the official state historical society of Connecticut and one of the oldest historical societies in the nation.

Located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford, CHS houses a nonprofit museum, library, archive and education center that is open to the public. The CHS campus houses a research center containing over 3.5 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, and other historical materials.

CHS programs and exhibits help Connecticut residents connect with each other, have conversations that shape our communities and make informed decisions based on our past and present.


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