The names of some athletes grow to be legendary in most towns, and that
certainly is the case for Hall of Fame inductee Paul Norden.
Those who saw him play still talk about his feats on the baseball
field and on the ice. Perhaps there are few who had as close a view of
Norden in action as longtime Stoneham resident Tony DeTeso. Norden’s
senior year was DeTeso’s first as the baseball coach at Stoneham High.
“In my ten years at Stoneham High, Paul was the best athlete in
school; no if’s, and’s or but’s about it”, recalls DeTeso. Norden was
dominant on both the ice and the diamond.
Starting as a sophomore on the ice for the Spartans, Norden was named
a Greater Boston Interscholastic Hockey League All Scholastic all three
of his varsity seasons. Norden possessed both skill and toughness on the
ice. In an age when professional hockey was the exclusive domain of the
Canadians, Norden was able to distinguish himself in the annual All-Star
Game against Montreal Catholic High, whose coach, Brother Paul
MacDonald, called Norden the “greatest worker on ice I’ve ever seen in
He continued to shine his senior year. Once again, he would dominate in
the All-Star game against Montreal when he was picked as “Outstanding
Player.” Opponents respected him as well, with Melrose naming him to
their “All Opponent Team.”
He led the baseball team as both a pitcher and hitter, sporting a 6-1
record on the mound, leading the team to its first Middlesex League
title since 1933. His impressive work, giving up just three hits in a
1-0 loss to Somerville in the State Tournament, was enough to get him a
tryout with the Boston Red Sox, but Norden opted to attend Boston
He resides in Stoneham with his wife, Helen, and family and works at
the Senior Center.