Statistics are hard to come by for a
football lineman, yet this didn’t prevent Jim Mitchell from joining the
ranks of the elite Stoneham High athletes. The 1964 SHS graduate was a
member of the hockey and track teams, but it was on the gridiron that he
distinguished himself. Three years on the team saw Mitchell named a
captain his senior year.
Frank Burns, inducted into the SHS
Hall of Fame in 2006, noted in his legendary Sports Scoops column in the
Stoneham Independent, that “Jim Mitchell, one of the best linemen we’ve
ever seen at Stoneham High, has been recognized for his ability, despite
the fact that the Spartans had a losing season and wound up last in the
Middlesex League.” In spite of this losing season handicap, Jim
Mitchell was named a Middlesex League All Star as well as Class B first
team by the Boston Globe and the Boston Traveler.
Mitchell continued his football career
at the University of Massachusetts where he was also co-captain his
senior year and was named All Yankee Conference. When his playing days
ended, Mitchell became the head football coach at Oliver Ames High
School from 1979 to 1996. In recognition of his coaching career he was
elected to the Massachusetts Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
Jim and his wife split their time
between Newburyport and Arizona.