FRANCIS  SZCZEPANIAK  JR. (Athlete, Class of 2017) (Posthumous)



In the summer of 1962 the Warren Junior Firemanís Baseball League selected a 14-15 year old all-star team. The team was scheduled to play local East Bay teams. After a win over Tiverton, the team went to Aquidneck Island to play the Middletown-Portsmouth All Star Team. Little was known about the teams the Warren team would face, other than that they were the best players in their league as were the Warren players. The battery they would face was comprised of a catcher name Joe Dakotas and a pitcher named Frank Szczepaniak. Frank Szczepaniak shut down the Warren hitters with a dazzling array of breaking balls combined with a blazing fast ball. He was virtually unhittable. To add insult to injury, Szczepaniak and Dakotas combined to each hit multiple home runs in the game. While there is no record of the exact score, the Island team scored over 20 runs to the Warren teamís low single digit score.

In 1962, Portsmouth did not have a high school. Many Portsmouth kids went to Warren High. In the fall of 1962, a new junior from Portsmouth showed up at WHS-Frank Sczczepaniak.






In the spring of 1963, the WHS baseball team became a contender with the addition of Frank to the roster. Combined with the pitching of Del Martin - a senior and also a 2017 inductee - this gave the Warren 9 a mound presence it hadnít had in a long time.  In 1964, Frank pitched 3 consecutive one hitters against Tiverton, Bristol, and Middletown. Franks was named 2nd Team All State and 1st Team All Eastern Division Pitcher in 1964.









He represented Warren in the People to People Tour of Latin America in 1964. After high school, Frank attended Brown University where he pitched for the Brown 9.



Picture from Hall of Fame archives