FILE PHOTO / HARTFORD COURANT
December 27, 1999
First baseman Walt Dropo, one of the most celebrated athletes to come out of the University of Connecticut, played in the MLB from 1949 to 1961. His first full season in the big leagues came in the 1950 season with the Boston Red Sox, when he broke onto the scene with a .322 batting average to go along with 34 home runs and a league-leading 144 RBI. Those numbers helped him earn AL Rookie of the Year and a spot on the AL's All-Star team. After breaking his wrist the following season, Dropo never quite matched the same numbers of his rookie campaign. He did, however, tie an MLB record with 12 consecutive hits in 1952 - a mark that stands to this day. The son of parents who immigrated to America from Yugoslavia, Dropo was a three-sport star at UConn, lettering in baseball, basketball and football.