William Slitt


Inducted into Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 1984

A native of Hartford, Slitt played on a city champion basketball team in junior high school. At Weaver High, he played baseball and basketball for four years and on a state championship American Legion team in 1938 all while serving the school paper as sports editor. He enrolled at Wesleyan as a Fox scholar and starred on its baseball and basketball teams all four years.

After graduating with honors, he covered the Industrial Basketball League for the Hartford Courant and later broadcast local Eastern League baseball games and high school football games on local radio stations, including the annual Thanksgiving Day football game between arch rivals Weaver and Hartford High.

From 1952 to 1981, he served Hartford’s Hartford Housing Authority in a period when over 2500 housing units were constructed. For 20 years he served as coach and counselor at the Jewish Community Center. Mel Title noted, “Bill has found the time to serve as a model and an inspiration for thousands of boys through the years. We on the Board know of your great and largely unheralded work here. We want you to know that this entire community is in your debt.”