North Haven to honor legendary baseball coach Bob DeMayo

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How do you honor a legend?

The North Haven High School Booster Club is going to try its best when they honor former North Haven baseball coach Bob DeMayo next month.

DeMayo coached North Haven baseball for 64 seasons, winning a state-record 937 games.

The booster club will be honoring him at the Wallingford Country Club Suunday, November 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a special presentation happening at 12:30 p.m.

"When people talk about North Haven High School Baseball, undoubtedly, Coach DeMayo is a part of that conversation,” North Haven athletic director Steve Blumenthal said. “He has done so much for the sport of baseball in North Haven that it really cannot be put into words. Personally, I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Coach DeMayo these past six seasons. His presence on the ball field and in every aspect of the baseball program will certainly be missed."

The event will include appetizers and a cash bar and although admission is free, the booster club will accept donations at the door.

DeMayo retired in June after a 3-1 loss to Lyman Hall in the CIAC Class L tournament.

DeMayo took over the program in 1958 and won a state record 937 games over his tenure. He won five state championships, 19 Housatonic League championships and two Southern Connecticut Conference titles.

“I have tried to teach my players the many levels of this marvelous game — fine tuning their skills for the basics and, when possible, introducing the intricacies which can result in a victory when you have no right to the win,” DeMayo said in a press release in June.

DeMayo won his 900th game in the 2018 season, a 7-6 win over Amity in the SCC quarterfinals. He led North Haven to its last state championship in 2015.

He played at Notre Dame-West Haven before playing at Fordham and in the Baltimore Orioles' minor league system.