The Connecticut League, also known as the Connecticut State League is a now defunct minor baseball league based in Connecticut. The league began as off-shoot of the original Connecticut State League, which dates back as far as 1884. In 1891, the Connecticut State League included the Ansonia Cuban Giants, a team made up of entirely African-American ballplayers, including future Hall of Famers Frank Grant and Sol White. In 1902, it was a Class D league with teams in eight cities. In 1905, the league became Class B, which lasted until 1913, when the league became the Eastern Association due to several teams outside of the state entering the league. Also a class B league, it survived two more seasons, then folded after the 1914 season.
Connecticut League Teams
- Bridgeport Orators - 1902-1914. AKA: Crossmen (1913), Bolts (1914)
- Hartford Senators - 1902-1914.
- Meriden Silverites - 1902-1905.
- New Haven Blues - 1902-1914. AKA: Black Crows (1909), Prairie Hens (1910), Murlins (1911-1912), White WIngs (1913-1914)
- Springfield Ponies - 1902-1914.
- Waterbury Rough Riders - 1902.
- New London Whalers - 1902-1907.
- New Britain Perfectos - 1908-1914, New Britain/Waterbury Spuds (1912), Waterbury Contenders (1913), Waterbury Frolickers (1914)
- Norwich Reds - 1902-1907.
- Worcester/Norwich Reds in 1904
- Holyoke Paperweights - 1903-1911. AKA: Papermakers (1907-1911)
- Northampton Meadowlarks - 1908-1911. Team based in Meriden in 1908.
- New London Planters - 1913-1914.
- Pittsfield Electrics - 1913-1914.