History Nearly Repeats Itself
for Wildcat Baseball
Bruce Scotto's Perfect Game in 1957 Remembered
June, 2012 - The tradition of baseball has been passed through the generations in the Scotto Family, and history nearly repeated itself 55 years later.
Bruce Scotto, Warwick Valley High School Class of 1958, threw one of possibly only two perfect games in the history of Wildcat Baseball on May 3, 1957, defeating Highland Falls 7–0.
Twenty-one batters from Highland got up and 21 were out. No hits, no walks, no base runners in the Wildcat victory. The team was coached by Mr. DeRosa and the roster read Gene Scheuermann (3rd base), David Morgan (2nd base), Don Bainbridge (Short Stop), Bruce Bell (Catcher), Frank Fotino and Melvin Langlitz (1st base) and outfielders Ed Winchester, Art Houghtaling and Joe Green, to name a few.
The baseball has been a point of interest for grandson Nick Scotto, son of Wildcat Baseball standout Dan Scotto (Class of 1982) and on May 1, 2012 Nick Scotto nearly matched his grandfather’s accomplishment, wearing the Wildcat Purple and Gold.
Nick took a perfect game into the 5th inning against Middletown Monhagen, before giving up a hit late in the 5th in a game the Wildcats Modified Baseball Team went on to win 15–0.
Baseball has been a passion for the Scotto family, starting with Bruce Scotto who moved to Warwick with his parents in the 1940’s. Three generations of his family include Class of 1985 Standout Pitcher Chris Scotto, Dan Scotto, and many grandchildren, all who have a passion for baseball. Coincidentally, Nick Scotto has a famous cousin on his mother’s side who plays baseball for the New York Yankees and wears number 2 - Derek Jeter.
The baseball from the "Perfect Game" is on
display in a case in the "Hallway of Champions," outside the High School's New Gym, along with many
other great pictures linking the generations.
Picture above, left to right: Coach Chuck Todd, Alex Scotto (4th Grade Kings), Dan Scotto (Class of 1982), Bruce Scotto (Class of 1958), Nick Scotto (8th grade MS), Coach John Garcia and Modified Coach Anthony Mann. Bruce Scotto and Nick Scotto are holding the baseball from the perfect game in 1957.