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. “He’s like a fixture,” says
“Every year he’s there before I am to start practice. He gets
everything ready; he sets up the screens, he gets the baseballs. He’s
just a great guy and he loves the kids. He feels important and the kids
appreciate him being around. It’s something he loves and I’m glad we’re
able to provide a place for him. He donated the batting screen for us.
He loves Stoneham High athletes,” says Seabury.