Pasquale Michael "Pat" Mazzarella
June 18, 1923
New Britain, CT
July 19, 1989
1942-43 New Britain Machine (Independent)
1947-48 Hartford Hurricanes (NEBL)
1947-48 Meriden Spurs (Independent)
1948-49 Wallingford Veterans (CSL)
1948-49 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
The 5'9, 140 pound Pat Mazzarella served in the Army from 1943 to 1946 as the country was in World War 2. After the war, he played some pro basketball. He was the leaguye MVP in the 1948-49 season with the Wallingford Veterans of the Eastern League (also known as the Connecticut League and not to be confused with the larger Eastern Basketball League). He also played for the Hurricanes, appearing in a couple of games late in the ABL season. He would return to military duty in 1950 as the U.S. became involved in the Korean War.
Mazzarella was also quite a golfer in the area. In 1949, he came out of nowhere to challenge for the Connecticut Amateur Golf title, losing in the finals. He would go on to win many golf tournaments over the years, and served as the vice-president of the Central Connecticut Golf Association. He would work many years as a grammar school teacher in New Britain, dying in 1989.
He married Antonia (Ann) Gagliardi (1922-2012) and they had one daughter, Patricia.
Hartford Courant, November 28, 1947