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Walt Dropo: The People's Champ

June 12, 2024

Walt Dropo has often been called the first big name in UConn athletics. Nicknamed “The Moose from Moosup,” the 6’5, 230-pound phenom starred on the Huskies’ football, basketball, and baseball teams of the 1940s before playing for the Boston Red Sox.

The village of Moosup, located in the town of Plainfield, Connecticut, became near shorthand for the Dropo family, collectively the first family of UConn athletics.

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