Emotions were heavy on Thursday when the family of the late Mike DeAngelo dedicated a scoreboard to the East Haven baseball team in his honor prior to a game against Hamden last week.
DeAngelo, a three-sport star at East Haven who was nicknamed “Diesel,” died in a one-car crash on I-95 on April 20, 2016. He was 19. Thursday’s ceremony was held at first base, the position DeAngelo manned for the Yellow Jackets.
“We wear No. 10 on our hats every day,” East Haven coach Butch Johnson said. “Everyone on the team and in the community remembers him. This is a way to remember him and pay tribute to him. It is an honor what his father did for him and to pay respect to Michael.”
DeAngelo, who also played football and basketball at East Haven, was known for his outgoing personality. He was a designated hitter for the Western Connecticut State University baseball team until his death last season.
“We used to call him ‘The Ambassador, because he used to talk to everybody at first base, no matter what team, no matter what town,” DeAngelo’s father, John, told WTNH-8. “The outpouring of love from all the different towns has been unbelievable.”
–Mike Madera contributed