Chet McComb
Little League Baseball/Town Volunteer
Inducted in 2002
The “Father of Little League Baseball in Suffield” is an apt description of this man’s contribution to the town.  Chet McComb was a part of the handful of men who launched the town-wide Little League.  He began as the Assistant Manager of the Rotary Team and one year later became the Manager.  Remaining in that capacity for several years, he also emerged as the take-charge guy to run the League as a whole.  He was elected President in 1959 for the first time and continued in a leadership position until his death in 1984.  Under Chet’s watch, the League expanded from 4 to 6 teams, then 7 and upwards from there.  In 1974, a Senior League for boys ages 13-15 was created for those who wanted to continue playing beyond LL.  Along the way, girls became eligible to play LL baseball.

Throughout his tenure, fundraising was an ever present need to keep the League going.  Initially done through “passing the hat” at games, financial support was added when players went door-to-door soliciting townspeople for contributions.  Chet replaced this mode with a Town-wide letter solicitation.  A LL Women’s Auxiliary was formed in 1959 to aid the cause.  Record hops, fashion shows, refreshment sales, and fence-board advertising were all added to the mix.  LL remained self-sufficient until 1980 when an October, 1979 tornado destroyed Christian Field, the LL facility since 1960.  Chet oversaw the $20,000 reconstruction project which included some monies from the Town.   

A formidable competitor with a compassionate heart, Chet kept newspaper clippings that tracked his Little Leaguers long after their playing days ended (awards, college scholarships and exploits, etc.).  It would be difficult to quantify how many young Suffield lives were touched by the efforts of this gentle, caring man.  

​To this day, in his memory, the snack shack at the Suffield Little League complex is called "Chet's".