Inducted in 1984
Delphia Bissonette
Born on September 6, 1899 in Winthrop, Maine
Education:
Winthrop High School
Westbrook Seminary
University of New Hampshire
Georgetown University

Bissonette played first base five seasons for Brooklyn Dodgers and compiled a .305 caner batting average.

A power hitter, he set a National League rookie home run record of 25 in 1928, that figure also standing as the mark for a Brooklyn first baseman until Gil Hodges hit 32 in 1951 and raised it to 42 in 1954.

Del's best seasons with the Dodgers were his first when he hit .320 and batted in 106 runs and 1930 with his peak figures of .336 batting average and 113 RBI - comparing well with such colorful sluggers as Lefty O'Doul and Babe Herman.

Del played for and managed several minor league teams, coached the Boston Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates, managed the Braves for the second half of the 1945 season after managing the Hartford Chiefs to the 1944 Eastern League pennant and managed the Portland Pilots of the revived New England League in 1947 and 1948.

After a seventh place finish with the Pilots his first year, Bissonette was named Manager of the Year for guiding the popular club to third spot in 1948.

Prior to his professional run, Bissonette gained undying fame as an all-round schoolboy, college and semipro athlete.

His .600 batting average for Westbrook Seminary in the 1919 inaugural year of the Telegram League still stands as the unthreatened record.

Moreover, his 24 hits in 40 at-bats included 12 for extra bases for an incredible slugging percentage of 1.125.

Del was also an unbeaten pitcher, also starred in basketball and football for the Seminary. Recruited for the University of New Hampshire by local liaison Woody Howe, he suffered an arm injury playing basketball for the Wildcats.

This was to squelch his pitching ambitions but he transferred to Georgetown and slugged his way into the Hoyas' Hall of Fame despite a brief stay in the Capital.

Bissonette is also enshrined in the Buffalo, NY, Hall of Fame for his part in two International League pennants with the Bisons in the 20s.

Bissonette died June 9, 1972 and is survived by his wife, the former Laura Simpson.

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