RICHARD R. DEBLOIS (Athlete, Class of 2010)

 

In the Warren Little League’s inaugural season of 1952, Dick DeBlois played for the Senators, was the league’s second leading hitter with an average of .444, and was named to the league’s All Star nine.   

 

During his teenage years, he played on nine championship teams: the 1953 and 1955 Babe Ruth Baseball Bristol County All Stars that both captured the Rhode Island crown and reached the New England finals before losing to the eventual national champions Stamford, Connecticut; the 1955 Warren High School Bristol County Football Champions; the Company D five that won the National Guard 1956 Rhode Island Basketball title; the 1956 Warren High School Bristol County Baseball Champions; the 1956 Warren High School Eastern Division Baseball Co-Champions; the 1956 Warren High School Bristol County Football Champions; the 1956 Warren High School Class C Football Co-Champions; and the 1957 Warren High School Bristol County Baseball Co-Champions.

 

 

 

 

 

The Class C football crown, Warren’s first such title in twenty years, was capped off with a last-minute victory over Burrillville, the first time the Redskins had defeated the Broncos in two decades.  Charlie Burdge called for a “never-seen” double reverse, and while almost all of the defenders followed Dick around left end, Warren Proulx raced around the right side for the winning score.

 

Dick was a wingback/defensive back on the 1955 Warren High football team that defeated Bristol’s Colt Memorial for the first time in eighteen years, co-captained the 1956 Warren High School Class C Football Co-Champions (for whom he averaged 5.6 yards a carry and was the second leading receiver), and playing center field and batting third, captained the 1957 Warren High School Baseball nine.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having achieved class or divisional honors in five different high school baseball or football seasons, Dick also starred for Bristol’s Kearney Post American Legion Baseball nine that finished the summer of 1956 as Rhode Island runners-up.

 

 

 

Pictures from Hall of Fame archives