Tommy Anderson was a
three-sport athlete at Stoneham High. He was captain of soccer, hockey
and baseball, leading all three teams to successful seasons. In his
senior year in soccer, he was the only selection from Stoneham to the
Middlesex League All Star Team.
During his hockey career,
Stoneham won their first Middlesex League title. Stoneham had qualified
for the state tournament in 7 of 11 years but finished second 5 years in
a row in Middlesex League play. They had gone 17 years without winning a
league title (previous title was in GBL 1953). Tommy led the team to a
6-0-1 record down the stretch to win the title. Many of the wins were
come-from-behind wins. The title clinching 8-4 win against Concord was
led by a three-goal hat trick by Tommy. He, along with his line mates
Jim Dolan and Mike Murgia, were the highest scoring line in Middlesex
League play his senior year. Tommy led the team in scoring and garnered
several hat tricks along the way including many game-winning or
game-tying goals. He had two assists in the teamís 2-1 tournament win
against Dedham. Tommy was a third team Eastern Mass. All Scholastic
choice in hockey.
Tommyís baseball career at
Stoneham saw him play as a second baseman and pitcher. It was pitching
where he became a standout, pitching in both relief and as a starter.
During his junior year, as the team defended their Middlesex League
title, Tommy was mainly used as a middle reliever. In the drive to the
title, Stoneham had to play Winchester three times in three days to
determine the tournament representative; and he was instrumental in a
key win with the winning hit and earning the pitching win to give
Stoneham the title and a tournament berth. In a 12-inning win against
Watertown, Tommy relieved eight innings giving up two hits and one run.
During Tommyís senior year, as the Spartans paved their way to the state
tournament, he pitched a clutch two-hit shutout striking out 10 and
resulting in the win.
Tommy and his wife Karen
reside in Stoneham and have two grown daughters, Erin and Hillary.