Stoneham High School

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Athletic Hall of Fame

 
 


Inductees

 

 

Hall of Fame Inductees - Class of 2010


 
 
 

  Jimmy Rafferty
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More than likely anybody who has attended a Stoneham High sporting event in the last 40 years is familiar with the face of Jimmy Rafferty. Growing up on the corner of Gould Street, Jimmy spent his summer days as a child on the grounds at Recreation Park. He could run like a deer and hit anything thrown to him with a stick and catch anything on a dime, notes his sister Mary Yianacopolus.

The son of Lillian and James Rafferty, Jimmy has been an unofficial greeter of opposing coaches, players and umpires alike for parts of six decades. After many years of involvement with Stoneham Pop Warner, Stoneham American Legion Baseball, Stoneham High basketball and football, Jimmy has more recently settled into his greatest passion, the Stoneham High baseball team, led by longtime coach and current SHS Hall of Famer, Bill Seabury. Hes like a fixture, says Seabury. 

Every year hes there before I am to start practice.  He gets everything ready; he sets up the screens, he gets the baseballs.  Hes just a great guy and he loves the kids.  He feels important and the kids appreciate him being around.  Its something he loves and Im glad were able to provide a place for him.  He donated the batting screen for us.  He loves Stoneham High athletes, says Seabury.

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