Few athletes in Stoneham High School combined the multi-sport excellence
at such a high level as Bill Walczak.
The 1973 SHS graduate was a standout on both the football and
baseball field, experiencing championships on the gridiron and the
diamond, an accomplishment few Stoneham High athletes can claim.
Walczak cracked Coach Don McGillicuddy’s strong baseball line-up as a
sophomore, becoming the starting first baseman. The next year he moved
over to shortstop where he batted a sizzling .360 for the league
champion Spartans, which earned him a Middlesex League All-Star berth as
a utility infielder.
In his senior season, the Spartans repeated as Middlesex League
Champions with Walczak earning first-string honors on the league
All-Star team. In a tournament game against Lynn English, Walczak nearly
hit for the cycle with a triple, double and a single.
In football, Walczak starred as a fullback and linebacker for the team
that shared the 1972 Middlesex League Co-Championship with a 7-2 record,
scoring touchdowns against Lexington and Woburn. Despite missing two
games with a bruised sternum, not so coincidently the two games the
Spartans lost, Walczak was named as a utility linebacker to the
Middlesex League All-Star team.
After graduating from Stoneham High, Walczak attended Rollins College
where he was a four-year starter at third base for the Tars. During
Walczak’s tenure at Rollins, the team went to the NCAA tournament three
out of the four years and Walczak was once named to the NCAA
During his summers, Walczak worked as a playground instructor at
Robin Hood School and also played baseball in the Inter-City League. In
his last at bat for the Wakefield Merchants, Walczak hit a walk-off home
run to give veteran coach Les DeMarco his first championship. He now
works for the Kroger Company in Cincinnati, America’s largest
supermarket chain, and lives in Kentucky with his wife of fifteen years,