Chatham, Mass. – Former UConn pitcher Dennis Long will be inducted into the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 18 at Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, Mass.
Long made 30 starts on the mound and appeared in a total of 42 games for the Huskies from 1977-80 under head coach Larry Panciera (1977-79) and head coach Andy Baylock during the 1980 season.
Long holds the record for the most complete games in a Husky career with an incredible mark of 19. Long pitched six complete games in both 1978 and 1980. In comparison, the UConn pitching staff has seven total complete games the past three seasons.
Long ranks sixth in UConn history with four shutouts and his 17 wins ranks in the Top-10. Long was a part of the last team to reach Omaha for the Huskies with a trip to the College World Series in 1979.
“I am so proud to represent my family and the University of Connecticut with this honor,” said Long. “Coach Panciera, Coach Rowe and Coach Baylock taught me the groundwork of how to get after it everyday to maintain that competitive edge and taught me even more how to become the man I am today. I am in their debt and try to instill in my players what they instilled in me.”
In addition to pitching for the Huskies, Long hurled three seasons for Hyannis on the Cape and is just one of a few CCBL hurlers to win over 18 games over three seasons, compiling 18-7 overall record and 3.20 ERA vs. aluminum bats. Long played for former Husky Bob Schaeffer (1964-66), who played on the 1965 College World Series team.
The right-handed pitcher led the Mets to 1979 Cape League title and most wins in modern-day history (33) by compiling 8-1 record and berth on CCBL All-Star Team.
“He is a beautiful person,” said former baseball head coach Andy Baylock. “A two-sport guy here in Storrs that is well-respected and well-liked. He had an amazing career both with us [UConn] and during his time on the Cape. I’m glad to see him passing along all his knowledge with his coaching role with Mystic.”
Long currently is the general manager and pitching coach with the Mystic Schooners in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.