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John Santulli, Jr.

Class of 1953

John was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006. His citation appears below:

The legacy of Waterbury, Connecticut, as the birthplace of many fine Washington College athletes continued with the matriculation of John Santulli to the Chestertown campus. A graduate of Wilby High School and Cheshire Academy in Waterbury, John was a key contributor to the success of his high school’s football, basketball and baseball teams. Prior to his arrival here, John played for several of the top amateur baseball teams in New England and had been offered a professional contract from the Boston Braves.

At Washington College, John played defensive and offensive end on the 1949 and 1950 football teams, two of the most successful teams in program history. Coach Dim Montero complimented John for his play on both sides of the ball.

It was in baseball, however, that John was most successful as a Shoreman. Most of his teammates agree that John was one of the best third basemen to play at Washington College. As a freshman he hit a team-leading .390. He did not play as a sophomore because the College dropped its baseball program, but when baseball returned to the hill in 1952, John continued his sterling play at third base. He turned down a professional contract from the Cincinnati Reds so that he could complete his education.

In his senior year, John was elected captain and hit well over .300. Again the pros came calling—this time the Washington Senators. John signed, and played for the Senators’ farm team in Bluefield, West Virginia.

He subsequently entered the military and played on the Fort Lewis (Washington) team. He was selected to the all-star team and represented Fort Lewis in the 6th Army Tournament.

After he fulfilled his military obligation, John signed with the Baltimore Orioles. Following a short stay in the minor league system, he returned to the Baltimore area but gave up playing pro ball.

In 1964 he signed on as a professional scout with the Orioles.

John has lived in Baltimore since he retired from professional baseball. He taught school for two years, and then opened his own laundry business. He is president of Pilgrim Laundry Corp.

John earned a master’s degree from Loyola College in 1976, and has been very active in community affairs.

Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct John Santulli into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this sixth day of October, 2006.