Stoneham High School

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Athletic Hall of Fame





Hall of Fame Inductees - Class of 2012


  1950 Baseball Team
Middlesex League Champions


The Stoneham Spartans 1950 Baseball Team did so well in pre-season play that first-year Coach Anthony DeTeso had high hopes for this team. However, they lost the first two games of the 1950 baseball season. Then the “DeTesomen”, as they were known, went on to win the next five games and in doing so amassed a total of 68 runs on 70 hits and 54 bases on balls. One of those games included a win against Wakefield who had previously beaten them. This win put Stoneham in a three-way tie for first place in the Middlesex League. The Spartans were then able to win the Middlesex League championship by defeating the defending champs, Winchester by a decisive 11-3 win.

After securing the Middlesex League title, Stoneham needed a win against Lexington to secure a bid to the State Tournament. They accomplished this fete by beating Lexington 7-3 and in doing so gave the Spartans their best record in league competition in the past 20 years. It was the first time that Stoneham had been invited to the State Tournament and 17 years since the last Middlesex League Championship. As predicted by many, they drew Somerville in the first round of the State Tournament.

The Boston writers were unanimous in their claim that it was one of the finest games ever played in the tournament. It was truly a pitcher’s duel but in the end Somerville was able to edge Stoneham 1-0. Somerville then continued on to become Eastern Mass. Champs. Stoneham’s season record of 16 wins with only 4 losses for the season did not go unnoticed. The Town of Stoneham invited everyone to a testimonial in their honor at the Town Hall; it was a great celebration for the Town and the Middlesex Championship Baseball Team.

This team held a reunion on June 8, 2000 (exactly 50 years to the day of their game against Somerville) and relived all the great memories of that storied baseball season. The three pitchers for the team were Paul Norden (who was previously inducted into Stoneham’s Athletic Hall of Fame) and Co-Captains Irvin Rohrbacker, and William “Red” Roberts. Eddie Casey, Chick Johnson, Ken Leland, Dick Burns, Bob Goudey, Steffie Schwarz, Sal Carbone, Ron Wood, Bob Leland, Frank Sousa, Dick Shurtleff, Rapper Minghella, and Tom Flynn made up the rest of this tournament team. Billy Walker, and Joel T. Whittemore were the managers, and Karl Elerin, was the Faculty Manager.

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