Peter Kulas
​​Baseball
​Inducted in 2014
​If you were to make a list of people who exemplify all the good things about the town of Suffield, Peter Kulas would be a prominent member of that group.  He was born in Suffield on November 7th 1931 and he quickly developed several admirable traits, including dedication, hard work, and a passion for sports.  
An excellent all-around athlete, in High School he played varsity soccer as a starting wing for 2 years, and varsity basketball for 4 years as a guard who was an excellent passer and a sharpshooter from long range.   Baseball was always his best sport. He was an exceptionally smart player, and he worked constantly to perfect his skills.  He usually batted leadoff since he was a line drive hitter with an excellent batting average, and he was an outstanding base runner.   But what stood out the most was his defense, as he fielded grounders flawlessly at first base and prevented countless errors by making leaping catches and picking balls out of the dirt.   He was the best fielding first baseman in the area, and many say nobody from Suffield has ever played the position better.


After High School he played semi-pro for the Suffield Athletic Association and in the Farmington Valley League, while also coaching the Suffield American Legion team. In 1951 The Chicago Cubs offered him a minor league contract, but instead he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Korean War.  He was stationed at the Patuxent River Naval Base in Maryland in 1953, and started at first base on the team that went on to win the All-Navy championship.  When not on duty, he played semi-pro games, where he shined defensively and also hit well over .300 with several clutch hits to help his team win the league championship. In 1955 while assigned to the USS Ticonderoga he played against Cuban teams at Guantanamo Bay.   While in the service Peter played against several major league players, including Willie Mays, Dick Groat, Vernon Law, Dave Sisler, Art Fowler, and Sammy Calderone.

 Upon returning from the Navy, Peter played semi-pro in the Western Mass Summer League and the Hartford Twilight League,  and as usual he delivered stellar defense and a high batting average.   After his playing days he coached youth baseball for 11 years.  He was an excellent teacher, as he stressed fundamentals and smart, disciplined play.    His methods were effective, as his Little League teams won 2 championships and he was chosen to coach 5 All-Star teams.  Peter still regularly attends local sporting events to support Suffield teams,  and he’s a very active member of the community as a volunteer for the Knights of Columbus and Meals on Wheels.