Eddie Bastolla is among Bartlett High School’s early three-sport stars.
The class of 1929 graduate stood out on the football gridiron, basketball court, and baseball diamond. He served as football team captain in 1928, playing three years for the Indians. Former coach and athletic director George Finnegan named him as a member of the all-time football team for his backfield play. He was also a recipient of the H.C. Branch Award for football.
Eddie played basketball for three years. He was a guard on the 1929 team that Finnegan said was the best he ever coached.
It was baseball, however, where he excelled even more than on the court or gridiron. Eddie played three years at Bartlett, and was named by Finnegan to the all-time, first-team as the squad’s third baseman.
He was a member of the Bartlett High School Athletic Council in his senior year.
His high school baseball career led to a scholarship at the University of Rhode Island, where he was a baseball team captain. After graduating from URI, he had a tryout with a Major League baseball team, and later was a part-time baseball scout for the Minnesota Twins in the 1950s and 1960s. During those years, Eddie helped conduct baseball tryouts in Connecticut for the Twins.
He went on to teach and coach baseball and basketball at Stafford High School in Stafford Springs, Conn.
The late Eddie and Sophie Bastolla had two daughters, Beverly Hatch and Jane Haum, who both live in Florida.