UConn’s new baseball facility named in honor of Danbury native Doug Elliot
UConn’s new on-campus baseball facility in Storrs will be known as Elliot Ballpark, named in honor of Danbury native and UConn graduate Doug Elliot.
The 1,500-seat facility is under construction and will open in the spring of
2020. Elliot, a
1978 Danbury High graduate and a member of the school’s athletic hall of fame, played baseball at UConn from 1979-82. His son, Doug, played for the Huskies from 2007-11.
The president of the Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., Elliot has been a longtime contributor to UConn baseball and has been an advocate for constructing a new stadium. He was a founding member of the Dugout Club — the UConn baseball program’s support group — in 1991, and he was awarded the Red O’Neil Award from the UConn Club in 2006.
Elliot and his wife, Sheila, met at UConn.
“We are excited and proud that the Board of Trustees has approved the naming of our new baseball facility in honor of the Elliot family,” UConn athletics director David Benedict said in a statement. “Doug and Sheila Elliot’s longtime commitment and strong support have greatly contributed to the success of our baseball program. As a former baseball student-athlete himself and the father of another, Doug is a wonderful example of remaining a part of the UConn family. It is fitting that future baseball Huskies will play on a field that bears his name.”
Elliot played for Andy Baylock at UConn, hitting .285 with seven home runs and 48 RBIs over his career. His son hit .298 with seven home runs and 79 RBIs, playing under Jim Penders.
“Doug has been an unbelievable mentor, confidant, friend and supporter,” Penders said in a statement. “Very early on after I got the job, I was looking for ‘How can we make this better?’ and he agreed that we had to build a new facility. It’s been a long time and he and Sheila have been with me every step of the way. They have been such generous supporters in many ways, including emotionally. And I think Sheila might be a bigger fan than Doug. They are just fantastic people.”
Elliot said he first became enamored with UConn baseball while watching the Huskies play in the 1977 NCAA playoffs at Palmer Field in Middletown. His association with the program has been constant since.
“It’s UConn — Husky spirit gets in your fabric and never lets go,” Elliot said in a statement. “I played there, met Sheila there, received a terrific education and had an incredible life experience along the way. Then I had a front-row seat as Doug had a similar positive experience as do many of our student athletes who wear the Hook C. That we were able to go through it together as a family was very special.”
The new park will be located next to the ice rink just off Jim Calhoun Way, across the street from J.O. Christian Field. The threesided stadium will have artificial turf, upgraded drainage, lights, a video scoreboard and suites. The home locker room will include showers, lavatories and a players’ lounge, and an adjacent building will include the coaches’ offices.