Edward Dragat

(d. 1970)
Inducted into Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 1984

Born in Russia, Edward Dragat came to Hartford as an infant in 1897. He graduated from the Arsenal School where, in 1910, he was a catcher on the baseball team. At Hartford High his hitting ability earned him a position as first baseman. He was the first Jewish student to letter on the Hartford High basketball team, where he played guard and was the team foul shooter. At Cornell, he starred on the baseball and basketball teams, where he held a free throw record.

Dragat received a law degree from Cornell University in 1920 and practiced law in Hartford for the next fifty years. He served as a prosecutor in the Hartford Police Court and as Justice of the Peace. From 1950-1962, he was director of the Legal Aid Bureau. He also played an active role in the early days of the Mount Sinai Hospital.