Babe Ruth League President/CEO Steven Tellefsen said, "Bill Pullan has been involved with our program for over 48 years. He is a very dedicated volunteer and plays a major role in the success the organization enjoys today. It is a proud moment to have a person of his caliber inducted into the Hall of Fame."
Pullan loved playing the game of baseball. Though he stopped participating after high school, his love of the game led him to carry on with the sport in other ways. He began his affiliation with Babe Ruth League, Inc. in 1961 where he was a charter member in forming the Ridgefield Babe Ruth League spending many years as a coach, League President and Tournament Director. Pullan also brought a lot of the old sandlot baseball concepts to the Carrier League in Danbury, which he helped establish and run until it ended in 1980. This league was the start of Pullan's involvement with the Jimmy Fund, a charity based in Boston, Massachusetts that supports cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. During the Carrier League's 12-year history, the teams raised $7,000 for the Jimmy Fund.
Pullan also served as President of the Bethel Babe Ruth League for five years until 1978 when he was appointed District 4 Commissioner, a position he still held three decades later. As District Commissioner, Pullan oversaw teams in 14 surrounding towns, as well as ran five Babe Ruth tournaments a year.
In 1979, while still serving as a District Commissioner, Pullan was named Jimmy Fund Director for the state of Connecticut in support of the New England Babe Ruth programs and its close affiliation with the Boston Red Sox.
Even though Pullan is stepping down as District Commissioner, he plans to continue as Babe Ruth Director of the Jimmy Fund. About $50,000 shy of the $1 Million mark in Jimmy Fund donations during his tenure, it is Pullan's earnest wish to reach that goal before turning over the reins.
Pullan has spent the better part of his life involved in Babe Ruth Baseball and in helping a worthy cause. His biggest supporter throughout his many years working for youth baseball and the Jimmy Fund was his wife, Carol. Carol stood by her husband's side at all of the meetings, games, tournaments and awards ceremonies. Pullan didn't go anywhere without her. Sadly, she passed away in 2006.
Bill Pullan joins more than 200 individuals and organization who have earned the distinction of being inducted into the Babe Ruth Hall of Fame.