Bill Donovan, Hall of Famer

This week’s Hall of Famer is Bill Donovan, known locally and throughout the state as one of the best media personalities covering sports that we have.  Bill has dedicated his life to kids and sports, providing coverage and opportunities to youngsters everywhere.  If Bill Donovan is covering your game, you know its an event.  Bill just turned 70 in January and is  married to Mari-Louise Donovan, his family includes son Todd and his wife Erin and son Daniel and his wife Megan, and  granddaughter Mackenzie.  Bill is the Sports Director of Cumulus Broadcasting of New London.


Bill has been previously inducted into the Niantic American Legion Hall of Fame, as well as the City of New London Athletic Hall of Fame.  He has been honored with the CT Sports Writers Alliance Good Sport Award and been awarded the CT Veteran’s Wartime Service Medal.

During his own playing career, Bill was an All-Capitol District Conference 2b and 3b for New London High School in 1960.  He coached Little League for 16 years splitting time between Waterford Little League North and East Lyme, coached Waterford Babe Ruth League two years (PBA champs), coached 12 and under, age 13 Connecticut Nutmeg games for 6 years and won championships at both levels.  While at Grasso Tech he coached baseball, assistant boys basketball, and girls varsity basketball.  Bill was also Director of Athletics for 4 years at Grasso,  Founder and Race Director of the East Lyme Marathon. He recently played softball this past November in Florida in an over 65 league had two doubles, two rbi, played 3b, of, and pitched.


Bill Buscetto: What was your most memorable moment in sports?


Bill Donovan: My son Todd being drafted in the 8th round in 1999 by the National League Champion San Diego Padres.  Todd hitting a home run off Dice K and also stealing 346 bases during his baseball career which puts him in Top 10 all time.  Todd leading ALL of baseball with 65 stolen bases in 2005.  Red Sox winning first World Series in 2004 (I am a 35 year season ticket holder)


BB: Who are your favorite team{s}?

BD: Baseball:  Boston in AL, Arizona in National League


BB: Who are your favorite athletes ?


BD: All amateur athletes and pro athletes Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra


BB: If you could trade places with one athlete it from today, who would it be?


BD:  Wouldn’t mind being Derek Jeter.  He appears to be a complete package.


BB: What’s up next for you?


BD: I will continue to broadcast high school sports and soon to be announced college football, continue with CT Sportswriters Alliance, Mystic Schooners Collegiate Baseball Club (media relations) and host Sports Talk with Bill and Mike

BB:  What’s the best game you ever broadcast or saw?


BD: Probably a Washington Red Skins and New York Football Giants football game several years ago which ended up with each team scoring on every possession with a final score of 56-48


BB: Who were the best athletes you ever saw play, or some signature moments that stand out?


BD: Mickey Mantle before and after his injury, Yogi Berra with his 10 World Series rings


BB: What’s the funniest thing you ever seen on the field?


BD: Ball in a baseball game that landed in umpires gear that no one could find during which the runner scored all the way from first base.

BB: Give me a crazy official story.
BD: {Broadcast partner} Mike McLaughlin officiating a New Haven Rockets charity basketball game at a Grasso Tech fund raiser. He was the perfect Clown and fit right in with the flow of the game.


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