Inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 1986

A Hartford native, Leo Pinsky lettered in football, basketball and baseball at Hartford High School, graduating in 1944.

In his first game as a freshman at UCONN, he kicked two punts over 75 yards from the scrimmage line, an achievement which was noted in the New York Times report of the game. He enlisted in the Marines while a freshman, and played second base on the baseball team that beat the Navy team in the Guam Island Championship. He returned to the University of Connecticut after two years, and was permitted to play football four more years under a wartime dispensation, gaining five letters in football. (He and his three brothers accumulated more college football letters than any other family in the country.) In 1946 he was reported to be a leading US college football punter. He also starred on the baseball team for four years.

He continued his education at Springfield College. In 1954, he returned to the area and coached baseball at Farmington High School until 1984. During his tenure his team won numerous state and conference championships. Pinsky was the first Connecticut coach to win three state baseball championships: 1957, 1965, 1978. He also coached football and basketball teams at Farmington High School. He was named Connecticut high school baseball coach of the year in 1965 by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. In 2003 he was unanimously voted to receive the Red O’Neill Award from the University of Connecticut, citing his character, leadership, athletic ability, and successful career. That same year, he was inducted into the Hartford Public High School Sports Hall of Fame.