By Charles Sercombe
Hamtramck Little League pitcher and legend Art “Pinky” Deras has been enjoying a perfect game the last couple of years.
Deras was recently the subject of a documentary on Hamtramck’s Little League and Pony League champs from the 1959 and 1961 respectively, and he is now about to be inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.
Deras is considered the best pitcher ever to compete in Little League. And it’s a title no one will likely ever take away from Deras – that’s how smoking hot he was.
He and Bill Romanowski (a linebacker for the Raiders and Broncos) will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on June 23 in Troy.
Buddy Moorehouse, who did the documentary on Deras, said Pinky is hoping that his teammate Tom Paciorek will be able to introduce him at the ceremony.
And there is more. We’ll let Moorhouse navigate from here:
The Hamtramck City Council voted in February to name a street in Hamtramck in Pinky’s honor. It’s going to be a portion of Dan Street. They’re going to have the official street-naming ceremony sometime this summer.
We’ll be finding out on Wednesday if our film (“The Legend of Pinky Deras: The Greatest Little Leaguer There Ever Was”) has been nominated for a Michigan Emmy. It’s up for consideration in the category of Best Historical Documentary. Fox Sports Detroit is running our documentary at 8 p.m. Friday (April 15) and 3 p.m. Saturday (April 16).