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Hartford ¿ as well as the state, for that matter ¿ has a long, proud history of baseball. The Hartford Dark Blues played in the National League and Morgan G. Bulkeley was the first NL president. Babe Ruth played exhibitions here; Hall of Famer Warren Spahn pitched for the Hartford Chiefs, the top farm club of the Boston Braves; the Red Sox and Yankees have had farm teams in the state. The Savitt Gems were what the nickname implied. The list seems endless, as does the arguing between Yankees and Red Sox fans in a state divided. CAPTION: Bill Savitt sports a Savitt Gems baseball uniform.Connecticut Historical Society