Jim Haugh was a three sport athlete at
Stoneham High School lettering in soccer, hockey, and baseball.
As soccer was a new sport to Stoneham, Jim played center halfback his
junior and senior seasons and was named Honorable Mention-Middlesex
League All Star his senior year.
Jim scored a number of important
goals as a junior member of the hockey team which finished second in the
tough Middlesex League. As a senior member of the Stoneham High Hockey
team, Jim finished the season with eleven goals and nine assists for
Jim excelled in baseball evidenced by Boston Globe
Sports Writer Bob Ryan’s comments after his first varsity start against
Lexington: “The only thing missing yesterday at Lexington High was the
movie crew as Stoneham High junior Jim Haugh threw a two hitter in a 1-0
victory.” Coach McGillicuddy said “I’ve had some outstanding pitchers,
but this kid definitely has the best curve ball. It drops off the table.
It’s a pro curve for sure.”
This was only a prelude to Jim
Haugh’s senior year. The May 27th Boston Globe schoolboy headlines read
“Haugh gives Stoneham title; Stoneham senior right hander Jim Haugh has
been the pitching mainstay of the club all season long, so it was
appropriate that he should be the standout as Stoneham clinched its
third Middlesex League baseball crown in the last four years. Haugh
tossed a three hitter and struck out ten to lead Stoneham to the
pennant–clinching 4-1 victory over Reading.”
In the State
playoffs against Peabody and former major leaguer John Tudor, Jim Haugh
won his eleventh game without a loss, a Stoneham High baseball record
for pitchers. Jim threw a five hitter, with six strikeouts in a come
from behind 3-1 victory before a thousand fans.
Jim Haugh was one
of only two pitchers named to the 1972 Boston Globe All Scholastic team
which wrote: “Haugh had a 10-0 record in the Middlesex League. He’s a
6’1”, 190 pounder, who also plays hockey; had two strong tournament
games against Peabody and Arlington before losing his first game of the
season in the Class A final vs. Braintree. Jim Haugh’s statistics:
Record 11 Wins 1 Loss, 107 Strike Outs, ERA 1.84.”
In July 1972,
Jim participated in a tryout clinic sponsored by the Boston Red Sox.
Today Jim resides in Andover with his wife Patricia and daughters
Kaitlin, Colleen and Kerry.