Ralph Powers was one the
most gifted, all-around athletes ever to play at Stoneham High School.
As a three-sport star athlete in the late ‘50s, he continually motivated
and encouraged not only his teammates but also young future athletes. He
rose to the occasion: the bigger the game, the better he played.
In baseball Ralph was a
three-year starter as catcher. Coached by Tony DeTeso, Ralph had a
batting average of .345 as a sophomore, .392 as a junior and .490 as a
senior. As Captain in his senior year, Ralph was chosen winner of the
Earl “Brodie” Stevenson award for outstanding senior baseball player.
Ralph was offered a full baseball scholarship to Boston University where
he continued to excel. In basketball, Ralph was a three-year varsity
starting guard and as a senior, Ralph was voted Middlesex League All
In football, Ralph was a
three-year varsity starter. Elected co-captain in his senior year, Ralph
was the starting quarterback. During his career at Stoneham, Ralph
played for three different head coaches—Pat Ranauro, Jack Downs, and
Jack Felch. He was voted Class Athlete by his senior class peers.
At Boston University, Ralph
was a four-year starter—two and a half years as starting catcher and the
remainder as an outfielder. Ralph ran for office at BU and was elected
Class President three consecutive years. Upon graduation from Boston
University, Ralph had an opportunity to try out for MLB but chose to
pursue a teaching/coaching career.
Ralph spent most of his
career in Dover-Sherborn Regional High School as a physical education
instructor and coach. He was head coach in three varsity
sports—baseball, soccer, and golf. Among his many outstanding
achievements at Dover-Sherborn are Eastern Mass. State Coach of the Year
1986 and l992, Boston Globe All Scholastic Soccer Coach of the Year 1986
and 1992 and Mass. State Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame 1999.
Ralph currently resides in
Medfield with his wife Gail and they have three loving children—Dan,
Cindy, and Nancy.