The Berlin High School Hall of Fame Class of 2019 is: Edward Magruda (Class of 1937), Kenneth Burt (Class of 1957), Sean Garrison (Class of 1990), Joy Cooper (Class of 1992), Bill Robinson (Class of 1999), Kyle Zarotney (Class of 2006), and the 2006 CIAC Division III state championship boys basketball team.Bill Robinson,Class of 1999
Bill Robinson was a three-sport athlete, participating in football, basketball and baseball.
He was a member of the varsity basketball and football team, being selected to the All-Northwest Conference team for football in 1998 and 1999 and he was a Northwest Conference All-Academic Team selection all four years. Also, he was selected to the New Haven Register Honorable Mention All-State team for football in 1998 and 1999.
Baseball was the sport where Robinson really excelled. He was the recipient of the Coaches Award in 1997-1998, he was All-Northwest Conference in 1997, 1998 and 1999, he was a CHSCA/Hartford Courant All-State selection, and participated in the CHSCA All-State baseball game in 1999 at Fenway Park.
The 1999 BHS baseball team won the Class L state championship and was ranked third in the state. Robinson hit .540 during his senor season and .886 in the state tournament.
Also, he was the MVP of the 1999 American Legion state tournament, batting .650.
Robinson went to Wesleyan University, where he continued his outstanding baseball career. The team won the Little 3 championship in 2000 and 2002. He was an All-NESCAC second team selection in 2001 and 2003 and a first team selection in 2003.
In 2001 and 2003, he won the Walter MacNaughten Memorial Award for Outstanding Baseball Achievement and was the team captain in 2002 and 2003.
In 2002 and 2003, he pitched four complete games against Little 3 rivals Amherst and Williams, with two shutouts, a 1.29 ERA and a 4-0 record.
In 2003, he broke the all-time career hits record in his final at bat.
Robinson graduated in 2003 with seven all-time individual records, including career hits, RBIs and doubles. He was the 2003 Wesleyan Male Athlete of the Year and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree. He went on to receive his masters in 2005. In 2015, he was inducted into the Wesleyan Baseball Hall of Fame.
Robinson works for Zendesk as a strategic account executive in Boston. He lives in Essex with his wife, Stephanie, and their 2-month old son, Charlie. He is active in the local sailing community, serving on the boards of several area yacht clubs. He currently serves as the Regatta Chairman at the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club and is co-chair of the annual CT River Leukemia Cup Regatta.
The Berlin Hal of Fame ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, April 28, 3:30 p.m., at the Aqua Turf, 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville, For ticket information, contct Diane Egazarian at 860-828-0635 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit bhshallof.org.
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