It is not often that football linemen get acclaim, but that was never
the case for Mike McLaughlin whose success as a Stoneham High School
center led to an eventual professional career in the sport.
The 1974 Stoneham High graduate,
who is being inducted along with his brother Joe, anchored the line of
the 1972 team that won the Middlesex League championship.
Mike played varsity as a
sophomore, junior and senior and for his outstanding play was selected
as a Middlesex League All-Star in his junior and senior years. A team
captain, Mike was also voted MVP of the team his senior season.
“Mike was an exceptionally
strong athlete,” said his former coach, fellow SHS Hall-of-Famer Bob
Margarita. “He was smart, and he was able to use his strength wisely.
He was very determined and very strong in his beliefs. He was a great
leader. I think he was one of the best players we ever had.”
Mike also captained the baseball
team his senior year and was a Middlesex League All-Start as well as a
member of three consecutive Middlesex League Championship baseball