Stephen L. Dalkowski
1939 - 2020
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Stephen L. Dalkowski, 80, of New Britain, CT passed away Sunday, April 19, 2020 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. Steve was born on June 3, 1939 and was the son of Stephen and Adele (Zaleski) Dalkowski. He graduated from New Britain High School in 1957 and on the night of his graduation signed a major league baseball contract with the Baltimore Orioles. Steve played in the Orioles minor league system from 1957-66. He returned to New Britain in 1994 and resided at Walnut Hill Convalescent Home and Grandview Rehab. Steve is survived by his sister, Patricia Cain of Middletown, CT, his nephew Daniel Lee and wife Theresa Lee and his great niece Amanda Lee of Berlin, CT, his nephew David Lee of Hartford, CT and great nephew Nicholas Lee of Cromwell, CT and many cousins. Steve was predeceased by his great nephew Ryan Lee. The family would like to thank the magnificent staff at Grandview for the care given to Steve throughout the years. From the administrative team to the clinical staff, they are all truly angels. We cannot thank you enough! We would also like express our appreciation to the staff of the Hospital of Central Connecticut (N5) for the excellent care that they provided to Steve. Funeral services will be private. There are no calling hours. Service of comfort provided by the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave., New Britain, CT. Donations in Steve's memory can be made to the Ryan T. Lee Memorial Foundation, 103 Peter Parley Row, Berlin, CT 06037. To extend condolences to the Dalkowski family or to share a memory of Stephen, please visit SHAKERFUNERALHOME.COM

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Published in Hartford Courant on Apr. 24, 2020.
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April 25, 2020
Dalko, I first learned of you as a 9 year old Little Leaguer. A rumor had made its way from Stockton to Pasadena, CA about some guy throwing 'lethal octane' for a minor league team up north. Then my Dad spotted you in Time Magazine. I was hooked and so were all the other kids in the neighborhood. We all wanted to be Steve Dalkowski "The Fastest Ever." Turns out that I became a pitching coach. I have instructed and worked with 1000s of pitchers from pee wees to MLB Cy Young Award Winners. If god were to grant me a couple of baseball wishes, the first would be to see you pitch ... 2nd Maris 61st HR. You are the last of an era, the last of 'the legends' and the last of the game played at another level. May you enjoy sharing stories about your 'heat' with Duren, Barney, Paige, et al. Love ya man! THE Vike
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April 24, 2020
My deepest sympathy to his sister Patricia. Steve's family lived 2 doors from us. My Dad always talked about Steve & the memories he had of him. Steve & my Dad were able to have a short phone conversation in Summer of 2012' shortly before my Dad passed away.
Danielle Bailey
April 24, 2020
I was ten years old when Steve signed with the Orioles. Our family lived in the Corbin Heights housing project in New Britain. The Dalkowski family lived there also, on Governor Street. My dad and Steve's dad worked at Stanley Works. I can remember traveling to Pynchon Park in Springfield with my dad and Steve's dad when Steve played for the Elmira Pioneers. The legend Earl Weaver was the manager of Elmira and visited with us prior to the game. Great memories that have been with me for over sixty years. Rest in peace, Steve.

Ron G.
April 24, 2020
My sincere sympathy to his sister Patricia. My family lived 2 doors down from the Dalkowskis. My Dad always talked about Steve & wondered thru the years how he was doing. I was glad they were able to speak briefly on the phone in 2012' shortly before my Dad passed away. R.I.P. Steve. So sad to hear.
April 24, 2020
Steve Dalkowski was a true legend. I only wish I could have seen him pitch. My condolences to his family; may he rest in peace.
Greg A.
April 24, 2020
Growing up in Connecticut, Mr. Dalkowski was always a favorite of mine. His career was an inspiration to me as I pursued my baseball ambitions. I have 4 copies of his rookie card. He will always be remembered by true baseball fans.
May God welcome him with open arms to heaven and may he rest in peace.
A true fan....
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