Sen. Kissel Features Enfield Athletic Hall Of Fame On “Senator Kissel & Friends” Cable Show

March 6, 2003

Senator John A. Kissel, R-Enfield, and members of the Enfield Athletic Hall Of Fame discuss the organization’s ongoing efforts to recognize those who have made, or are making, a significant athletic contribution to the town.

“Senator Kissel & Friends” is shown on Cox Cable Channel 15 on Mondays at 3 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Senator Kissel’s guests include Tim Jensen, of the Enfield Athletic Hall of Fame board of directors. Also featured is Kathleen “Cookie” Bromage, a hall of fame inductee and physical education teacher whose Enfield High School field hockey teams have won five Class M State Championships. She has been named Connecticut Class M Field Hockey Coach of the Year three times. In 1995, she was named the State of Connecticut’s Field Hockey Coach of the Year and received the Connecticut’s Sports Writer’s Alliance High School Female Coach of the Year award. She has also coached girls’ basketball and cheerleading. Senator Kissel also interviewed hall of fame inductee William H. Spanswick a four-year varsity baseball standout at Enfield High School who later went on to play for the Boston Red Sox. In 1963, he was named Triple AAA Pitcher of the Year while pitching for the Seattle Rainiers. In his early baseball years, Mr. Spanswick was a roommate with Carl Yastrzemski, and the two are friends to this day. Mr. Spanswick has also played other sports, and he has also coached a variety of town teams. In addition, Mr. Spanswick served as pitching coach when American International College advanced to the Division II World Series in 1991.

“Hosting a show with these folks is very exciting, and I have to tell you it is a great source of pride to represent a town that has produced so many stand out athletes who feel so strongly about staying true to their community. It’s a great show. If you’re a sports fan – or even just an Enfield fan – you’ll enjoy it,” said Senator Kissel.