March 28, 2014
1984: Manute Bol, the 7-foot-6 rail-thin curiosity from Sudan, helped bring national exposure to the Bridgeport basketball program. He would stay just one season, announcing on April 10, 1985 he was leaving UB to enter the NBA draft.
1984: Renowned for his hockey skills at Cheshire High and Avon Old Farms, Brian Leetch struck out 11 to lead Cheshire to its first state baseball title, 5-1 in Class L over Platt-Meriden on June 12. He later turned in his glove to concentrate on hockey. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.
1984: Whalers 11, soon-to-be Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers 0 at the Civic Center on Feb. 18. Still stands as worst loss in Oilers history. Brass Bonanza ruled that day.
1984: Two reasons the Sammy Davis Jr. GHO moved from Wethersfield CC to TPC Connecticut in 1984 were the Cromwell site had more space for larger crowds, parking lots and corporate needs, and the longer course was hoped to be more challenging for the players.
1985: Jeff Bagwell left-footed a 15-foot shot into the net for his 33rd goal of the season to give Xavier-Middletown a 1-0 Class LL soccer quarterfinal victory over Newington on Nov. 11.