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People associated with Bridgeport, Connecticut who achieved great public distinction, listed in the category for which they are best known:




Government service

Entertainers, artists, writers

C.F. Ritchel of Bridgeport riding his dirigible, as seen on the July 15, 1878 cover of 'Harper's Weekly

Business people

Other Key People

  • Alicia Calaway, T.V Reality Show star. Appeared on Survivor: Australian Outback, and also, Survivor: All-Stars
  • Joseph Celli, oboist
  • Chris Gill, sailor and publisher
  • Edward Cardinal Egan, former Roman Catholic bishop of Bridgeport, now heads the Archdiocese of New York
  • Alfred Fones, Bridgeport dentist credited with founding the profession of dental hygiene in 1906
  • George Gintoli, Blackrock native, owner Blackrock & Blue
  • Jin Hi Kim, Korean-born komungo player and composer
  • Roy Neuberger, art collector and donor
  • Reverend Dr. Frederick J. Streets, first Baptist and African-American Chaplain of Yale University and Senior Pastor of the Church of Christ in Yale.
  • Mike Andre, Jukebox Chairman, FYC & played the Cowardly Lion in the 8th Wizard of Oz play by St Ann's School circa 1987.
  • George O'Connell, FYC Vice Commodore '08 & '09 and winner 2009 Halloween Pumpkin Head Costume Contest


Baseball players

These baseball players were born in or lived in the city:[4]

  • Howard Francis Baker, Major League baseball player with Chicago White Sox, New York Giants and Cleveland
  • Cornelius "Neal" Ball, credited with the first unassisted triple play in the major leagues
  • George Bryant, former MLB player for Detroit Wolverines
  • George James Curry, Major League baseball player, known as "Soldier Boy"
  • George "Kiddo" Davis, who in the 1933 World Series against the Washington Nationals, had 7 hits in 19 at bats, and batted .368, helping the New York Giants win the championship
  • Rob Dibble, (Nasty Boy or Officer) pitched for Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers
  • Angel Echevarria, played in National League for Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, and Chicago Cubs
  • Ray Keating, pitched for the New York Highlanders, New York Yankees, and Boston Braves in the MLB
  • Kurt Kepshire, or Kurt David Kepshire, pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Billy Lush, MLB player for Washington Senators, Boston Beaneaters, Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Naps
  • Ernie Lush, or Ernest Benjamin Lush, MLB player with the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Charles Nagy, MLB pitcher, for Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres
  • Phil Nastu, MLB pitcher for the San Francisco Giants
  • Tricky Nichols, MLB pitcher for the Boston Red Caps, St. Louis Brown Stockings, Providence Grays, Worcester Ruby Legs and Baltimore Orioles
  • John W. O' Rourke, MLB outfielder for the Boston Red Caps, and first baseman with the New York Metropolitans
  • Jim O'Rourke, (James Henry O'Rourke) the first player to be credited with a hit and single in a professional baseball game
  • Queenie O' Rourke, or James Stephen O' Rourke, played a year for the New York Highlanders baseball team
  • John Paul Papa, pitched two years for the Baltimore Orioles
  • Mike Pasquella, or Michael John Pasquella (Toney), played for Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals
  • John 'Pretzel' Pezzullo, pitched two years for the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Ed Rowen, played right field, catcher, shortstop, and third base for the Boston Red Caps, and played catcher, outfield, second base, and third base for the Philadelphia Athletics
  • Dan Shannon, played second base for the Louisville Colonels and the Philadelphia Quakers, and second base and shortstop for the New York Giants and the Washington Senators
  • Johnny Tillman, or John Lawrence Tillman (Ducky) pitched for the St. Louis Browns in American League
  • Ed Wojna, pitched three years for the San Diego Padres and one year for the Cleveland Indians

Basketball players

  • John Bagley, played for eleven seasons in the NBA
  • Manute Bol, played nine years in NBA
  • Jack Kvancz, basketball player and current Director of Athletics at George Washington University
  • Wes Matthews, played in NBA for Washington Bullets, Atlanta Hawks Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio, and Los Angeles Lakers
  • Frank Oleynick, played two years for NBA in Seattle
  • Charles D. Smith, University of Pittsburgh and New York Knicks

Other athletes

  • Joseph Booth, Pro Soccer Hall of Famer
  • Victor K. Ross, Lacrosse Hall of Famer; graduate of Bridgeport High School, Syracuse University, and Syracuse Law School
  • Sidney Wood, tennis player who won at Wimbledon in 1931 and made it to the Davis Cup finals in 1934.

See also


  1. ^ [1] "Robert A. Hurley" Web page at Bridgeport Central High School Web site, accessed August 13, 2006
  2. ^ [2] "James Coughlin Shannon" Web page at Bridgeport Central High School Web site, accessed August 13, 2006
  3. ^ [3] "Al Capp" Web page at Web site of Bridgeport Central High School, accessed August 13, 2006
  4. ^ [4] The apparent source for many of these items is the "Major League Baseball Players born or raised in Bridgeport" page at the "Central High School" Web site, accessed August 13, 2006

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