North End Little League field to be named after late coach

Opening day of the North End Little League at their new complex of fields on Thorme Street in Bridgeport, Conn. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Opening day of the North End Little League at their new complex of fields on Thorme Street in Bridgeport, Conn. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

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BRIDGEPORT — The North End Little League intends to name one of the three fields at Blackham School in Bridgeport in honor of one of its Little League coaches who died suddenly.

Danny Quaranta, also the Tee-Ball Commissioner in addition to being a veteran coach in the league, died on May 14. The news was first reported by News 12 Connecticut.

According to News-12, Quaranta’s wife Carrie Anne said her husband died from sleep apnea at age 46.

North End Little League president Mario Aguayo said the plan is to name the one currently unnamed Tee-Ball field at Blackham after Quaranta.

“It’s a big loss. Danny was always there for the kids,” Aguayo said. “He always picked up a kid when he was having a bad day. It’s a big loss for the league and for the kids.”

Aguayo expects there will be a ceremony to unveil Aguayo’s name at the end of the regular season in June.

“He was a North End guy who liked being around kids,” Aguayo said.

Carrie Anne Quaranta said that due to her husband’s condition, the family did not have any life insurance. A GoFundMe page has been established and $9,630 has already been raised.

joseph.morelli@hearstmediact.com; @nhrJoeMorelli