The 2019 THS Hall of Fame Inductee: Roger Bruttomesso.
Roger Bruttomesso was a two-sport athlete at THS, graduating in 1954. Upon entering high school, he played basketball under freshmen coach, Jim Burke. During his freshman season, Roger pitched a perfect game against the Junior Republic.
Roger, as a pitcher, played three years of varsity baseball at THS, and was selected to the All-Naugatuck Valley pitchers selection both in 1953 and 1954. He was team captain in his senior year and was the recipient of the Service Cup.
Roger also played basketball in his senior year and was second to THS Hall of Famer, Gerry Alaimo, in rebounds and points scored. He was named honorable mention All-NVL and was the recipient of the 44 Club most improved player.
In the summer of 1954 before entering Dartmouth, he played in a summer league and credited another THS Hall of Famer, Whitey Kunkiewicz, with helping him perfect changing speeds, which had a positive impact on his mound success.
In his freshman year at Dartmouth, Roger earned a 5-1 record highlighted by a 10 inning win over Harvard. In the summer of 1955, he played in the American Baseball Associated National Tournament. In this tournament Roger pitched two no-hitters in the Waterbury play downs and advanced to the national tournament in Johnstown, PA. Due to heavy rain and back-ups, the game was played at midnight. The Waterbury team won with Roger striking out 17 batters. The team won one more game, and was eliminated. They headed home to face the 1955 flood.
Returning to Dartmouth, he played two more seasons and then focused on academics. Upon graduation, he joined Price Waterhouse in Hartford and NYC, where he retired as a partner in 1997. In retirement, Roger and his wife, Barbara, spend time in Connecticut and Florida.