During French's final season, the senior complied a 0.68 ERA with 130
strikeouts in 73 innings pitched - including a 23 strikeout, 2 hit
masterpiece against Wakefield that will most likely never be matched in
SHS hardball history.
French was also the recipient of the SHS Blanket Award, bestowed on
the senior with the highest level of athletic achievement while at
Stoneham High. That summer the southpaw also took part in the
prestigious United States Hearst All Star Team, an honor that allowed
him to pitch at both Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium.
French signed a contract with the Minnesota Twins, played minor
league baseball with future Hall of Famer Rod Carew and earned an invite
to Major League spring training. Knee surgery and subsequent arm
problems derailed French's baseball career before he made it to the
French moved back to Stoneham, took over his father's printing
business, and still proudly lives on Franklin Street where he and his
wife Linda raised three children - John, Melanie and Dawn.