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Photo courtesy of Bourdon Studios.
This photo of the 1945 WHS baseball team appeared in the 1946 WHS yearbook. (Front row, left to right) Henry Rich, Edward Foley, Les DeMarco, Paul DeMarco, Joseph Pridmore, Joseph Schwartz, and Walter Maloney. (Second row, left to right) Coach James Walsh, John Hickey, Robert Dolbeare, Warren Cassidy, George Collins, Paul Conway, and Faculty Manager F. Morton Sherman. (Third row, left to right) John Moore, Thomas Kenney, Joseph Colucello, George Armstrong, and Arthur Crowe.
"As one of the oldest, if not the oldest, sport at Wakefield High School, boys baseball was originally played on the Common. In 1900, the WHS baseball team won the state title by defeating Lawrence 18-8. Many of the members of the 1945 WHS baseball team, the first to be coached by Coach James Walsh, returned to the diamond the following year. While the 1945 team had five wins in 11 starts, the 1946 baseball team, captured the Middlesex League crown with a 14-3 record in its first year of play in the league. The team went on to play in the state competition at Fenway Park, beating Lawrence in the first game, and losing to Newton by a score of 4-2. During the season, pitcher Les DeMarco pitched two nine inning no-hitters. In 1954, the WHS baseball team made the record books when sophomore pitcher Ralph Lazzaro pitched a complete no-hitter in a game against Reading. The next day, the same feat was accomplished when Larry McShane pitched a no-hitter against Lexington." -- Text from calendar.
Schools -- Massachusetts -- Wakefield -- Pictorial works; Baseball -- Massachusetts -- Wakefield.
Wakefield (Mass.) -- History -- Pictorial works.
"Baseball, 1945," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #11894, http://heritage.noblenet.org/items/show/11894 (accessed July 24, 2014).