In Baseball, as an eleven-year-old Del Martin hit .593 and
tied for the home run crown with six. And then a year later he again batted
.593, this time winning the batting title, hitting an unprecedented ten home
runs in twenty-one games while leading the Red Sox to the league title.
In the Junior Firemen's League (13-15 year olds) fourteen-year-old Del hit one
of the league's most memorable home runs in a Rough & Ready playoff loss to the
Headquarters team at Burr’s Hill. The towering drive landed on top of the
left-center field hill side walk and came to a stop against the fence on Water
At Warren High School, Del lettered in three sports, earning 11 out of a possible 12 letters during his career. He was a member of the 1961 Redskins Class C Basketball Champions. That spring he was named an All Eastern Division left fielder; the next two seasons he was a key part of the pitching staff, joining All Stater (and also a 2017 HOF inductee) Frank Szczepaniak on the mound in his final season.
In his last two football falls he was an All Eastern Division running back. Against Bristol he kicked a 39 yard field goal-both a Warren and state record at the time.
early twenties, Del joined the
Golden Lounge softball team in the Warren Softball League. Also known as Hellew's Café, Mr. T's, and Old Ironsides, that team featured a Hall of Fame
outfield (yes, all four of them) of Mert Caton, Butch Lombardi, Jim McMahon, and
Del. While a Phys-ed. Teacher at Portsmouth High School, Del coached baseball
and football for 15 years. He coached the Middletown Youth Football Team to 5
consecutive State Championships. He coached the Middletown Senior League All
Stars to the Eastern Regionals-becoming the first RI coach to accomplish that
Pictures from Hall of Fame archives