BENJAMIN J. COCCIA (Old Timer; Class of 2017) (Posthumous)

 

 In 1945 the Warren High School baseball team captured the school’s second state title.  (Warren High’s 1939 nine was the first Class C squad to win a state championship in any sport.)

With Hall of Famer Charlie Burdge serving in the military, Charlie McCanna, a Hall of Fame member as well, took over the coaching reins and led the Redskins to a Class C title rout of Burrillville and state playoff victories against Class B West Warwick and Class A East Providence.

 

Center fielder Ben Coccia, often designated “Benny” by the Warren and Barrington Gazette, and ace pitcher Roger Higgins were named to the Providence Journal All State team.

 

 

 

 

With the team posting shutouts over South Kingstown, North Kingstown, Bristol’s Colt Memorial, Coventry, North Providence, Cumberland, East Greenwich, and Barrington, Ben hit .315 in the regular season.  He homered against the North Kingstown Skippers, tripled versus the South Kingstown Rebels, and laced three hits in the 2-0 victory over Colt.

Among other highlights of Ben’s athletic career were: (1) playing for the early 1940s Hitless Wonders; (2) being named to the All Suburban Division 1944 football team as an end; (3) hitting .375 in the Warren Twilight League 1948 season; and (4) serving as a coach of the Little League Baseball Champions Senators in 1954.

 

 

 

  2007 Banquet photo of Ben Coccia accepting Phyllis Abbruzzi Award for brother Inductee Joseph Coccia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures from Hall of Fame archives