Warren Athletic Hall of Fame Archives
1931 - 1949 Archive Photos
1931 Boxer Jim Abbruzzeese
1931 Warren High School Football Captain Jim Salvatore
1931 Milt Johnson (2010 Old Timer Inductee), All State Baseball and Football
1932 Henry Pratte (Old Timer Inductee 2012) Rhode Island Golden Gloves Bantamweight Champion
1932 Herb Pratte (Old Timer Inductee 2012) Southern New England Golden Gloves Flyweight Champion
1932 Jim McGeough (Coach Inductee 2004), Warren High School coach 1931-1936. His football teams won two titles and his 1936 baseball squad finished second in the state to Cranston.
1930s Louis "Duke" Abbruzzi (Athlete Inductee 1998), R.I. State College (later URI)
1935 Warren High Undefeated Class C
Football Champions Standing: Steve Wojtyto, Donat Brochu, Howard Johnson, Clint
LaFlamme, Lester Burdge, Duke Abbruzzi, Jim Salvatore, and Art Moody. Kneeling:
Pete Mogayzel, Oliver Lessard, Paul Sevigny, Bo Gempp, Walt Bogostaff, Fred
Polak, and George Amadee. (Abbruzzi, Brochu, Burdge, Mogayzel, and Sevigny are
individual members of the Hall of Fame.)
1936 Lester Burdge (Athlete Inductee 2005) Warren High School catcher
1936 Warren High baseball team that
finished second in Rhode Island.
1935-1936 Charlie Burdge (Athlete Inductee 1998) Providence Steamrollers tackle.
1937 Duke Abbruzzi, All State Basketball and Coach Charlie Burdge were both inducted into the Hall of Fame in its initial year in 1998.
1937 Providence College Baseball Team picture.
1937 Duke Abbruzzi (Athlete Inductee 1998), Providence Journal Frank Lanning cartoon. Louis "Duke" Abbruzzi earned All State recognition 6 times in baseball, basketball and football while at Warren High School. Duke signed a professional contract with the Detriot Tigers but decided to stay and play football for Coach Charlie Burdge. Nine years later after a successful career at Rhode Island State College (URI) and service in the United States Army, he played professional football for the Boston Yanks of the National Football League.
1937 Ben Polak (Athlete Inductee 2001), Providence College, one of the youngest(18)football captains in NCAA history. At the age of 15 he scored the game's only touchdown as Warren High captured the Class B Championship.
Providence Journal Caricatures of Warren Sports Heroes June 29, 1939. Pictured stars include Ben Ferrazzano (Athlete Inductee 1999), Francis "Jigger" Higgins (Old Timer Inductee 2009), Charlie Burdge (Athlete Inductee 1998) and Msgr. Kerrigan.
1939 Norman Urban Sr. ( Athlete Inductee 2004) Providence College Baseball
1939 Rev. Robert Quinn, O.P.
Providence College and Donat Brochu (Athlete Inductee 1998) Providence College star third baseman.
1939 Warren High School State Baseball Champions (First Class C team to win any State Title) Kneeling: Winky Correia, Omer Sevigny, Ditty Drainville, Not Identified, Flash Greenwood, Nick Cariglia, Jim Correia, John Abbruzzi Standing: Lefty Vitullo, Ed Godek, Ben Ferrazzano, Coach Charlie Burdge, Beany Ryan, Leger Morrison, Coco DeBlois, Not Identified, Manager Vic Hunt. (Abbruzzi, Burdge, Cariglia, Winky Correia, Drainville, Ferrazzano, Greenwood, and Ryan are individual members of the Hall of Fame.)
1939 Ditty Drainville (Athlete Inductee 2000), singles to center as Warren rallies and defeats Class A Mt. Pleasant, 6-4, during state playoffs
1939 Coco DeBlois slides safely home
in the 10th inning in playoff win over Woonsocket
1939 Beany Ryan (Athlete Inductee 1999) All State
First Baseman. Beany led the state in hitting in 1938 with an
average of .585.
1939 Warren High School Baseball
State Champions Team picture. Front Row: Leger Morrison, Wink Correia, Nick
Cariglia, Dit Drainville, Omer Sevigny, Jimmy Correia and John Abbruzzi. Second
Row: Manager Vic Hunt, Eddie Godek, Beany Ryan, Coach Charlie Burdge, Ben
Ferrazzano, Flash Greenwood and Coco DeBlois. Abbruzzi, Burdge, Cariglia, Winky
Correia, Drainville, Ferrazzano, Greenwood, and Ryan are individual members of
the Hall of Fame.)
Leo Sevigny (Old Timer Inductee 2000), Snipers Rifle Club 1939. Leo was an excellent shooter, but an even better baseball catcher.
1939 Warren High School Football
team was coached by Charlie Burdge and managed by Edmund Barber. Players included John Abbruzzi, George Bettencourt, Alfred Bosworth, John Castro, Jim
Correia, Sam Correia, Captain Winky Correia, Ben Ferrazzano, Vincent Ferrazzano,
Vincent Hamel, Norman Huftalen, Morphis Jamiel, Joseph Krawczyk, Joseph
Lopes, Bert Luther, Kenneth Maddox, Anthony Morra, Howard O'Brien, Edmund Pine,
and Nicholas Rebecchi. (Abbruzzi, Burdge, Sam and Winky Correia, and Ben
Ferrazzano are individual members of the Hall of Fame.)
1939 Off on a 17 yard run is Sid Cohen
(24), star back on the Massachusetts State College eleven. He found his equal
when he bumped into Duke Abbruzzi (26), Rhode Island State's ace yesterday in
Kingston, RI. Cohen scored twice for the visitors while Abbruzzi tallied three
times for the Rams. (Duke was inducted into the Hall of Fame as an Athlete in
1939 Warren High School Basketball
team coached by Charlie Burdge. Captain Jim Correia (kneeling next to Charlie Burdge), John Abbruzzi (kneeling far right), Ben Ferrazzano (standing, second
from right), Team manager Ed Barber (standing far right). Other team members
included Russell Drainville, Edmund Pine, Alfred Bosworth, Joseph Krawzyck,
Walter Beauregard. (Abbruzzi, Burdge, and Ferrazzano are individual members of
the Hall of Fame.)
1940 Donat Brochu (Athlete Inductee
1998), Providence Journal
Frank Lanning cartoon. Donat attended PC and appeared to be on his way to a
major league baseball career when in 1939 a Boston College line drive broke
through the webbing of his glove and hit him in the face, causing him to lose an
eye. In 1940 he was named the team honorary captain, but he convinced the
powers-that-be to allow him to play and won the starting left fielder's job.
1940 Warren High School Football Team. Coach Charlie Burdge with team members Sam Correia, Anthony Morra, Vincent Ferrazano, John Castro, Llewellyn Conklin, Joseph Tavares, Howard O'Brien, Michael Saviano, Walter Beauregard, John Abbruzzi, Robert Lescault, Edmund Pine, Alex Lombardo, John Primiano and Thomas Poviotta. (Abbruzzi, Burdge, and Sam Correia are individual members of the Hall of Fame.)
1940 Warren Football Wanderers Top Row: Winky Correia, Frank Avila, Leon Avila, Ray McMahon, John McMahon, Joe Wajda, Sam Correia, Tony Almeida, Ben Ferrazzano, Jim McSoley, Charlie Drew(?) Bottom Row: Ernie Socha, Baldy Frodyma, Nick Cariglia, Ted Nicpon, Unknown, Gabby Galinelli, Steve Wytyto, Hambone Jaworski, Water Boy Hank Correia. (Nick Cariglia, Sam and Winky Correia, and Ben Ferrazzano are individual members of the Hall of Fame.)
1941 Warren High School Basketball
team. Coach Charlie Burdge with team members John Abbruzzi (kneeling, far left),
Franklin Whittum, Joseph Krawczyk, Walter Beauregard, Alred Bosworth, Tony Nunes
(standing, third from right), Del Daigneault (kneeling, third from right),
Ernest Arsenault, James Sweet, John Primiano (standing, fifth from right),
Kenneth Maddox, Lawrence Urban, Alex Lombardo (standing next to Charlie Burdge)
and team manager Charles Besaw. (Abbruzzi, Burdge, Daigneault, and Nunes are
individual members of the Hall of Fame.)
1941 Warren High School Baseball Team. Coach Charlie Burdge and team manager Vincent Hamel along with team players Captain Walter Beauregard, Norris Sampson, Edward Polak, Joe Bucko, Tony Nunes, Joe Krawczyk, Stanley Pycz, Lawrence Urban, James Sweet, Dickie Holmes and Kenneth Maddox. (Burdge, Nunes, and Polak are individual members of the Hall of Fame.)
1942 John Abbruzzi (Athlete Inductee 2000) All State Baseball, led the state in hitting with an average of .454.
1942 Providence College Baseball Team program. Lower right picture is Warren's Nick Cariglia, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame as an Athlete in 1998.
1943 Warren High School Baseball
team. Front Row: Albert Sevigny, Joseph Silva, Tony Nunes, Carl Goff, Joseph
Bucko, Anthony Mello, John Burns, Coach Norman Urban. Second Row: Mgr. Edward
Nans, Henry Soares, Roger Higgins, Bruce Luther, John Barry, Edward Krawczyk,
Gregory Incollingo, William Monahan, John Henneberry and Asst. Mgr. John
Seymour. (Barry, Henneberry, Higgins, Nunes, and Urban are individual
members of the Hall of Fame.)
1944 Warren High opens season. Ed Polak (3) and Harpo Tavares (1) both Hall of Famers, had the game's only hits. Notice how many signed up for Hope baseball.
1944 and 1945 Roger Higgins (Athlete Inductee 1998) All State Pitcher. He and fellow Hall of Famer Ace Boulanger gave Warren High School the first team All State pitcher from 1944 to 1947.
1945 Warren High School State Championship Baseball team. Standing: Coach Charles McCanna, Leon Urban, Wesley Peck, Jim Henneberry, Gerry Sampson, Roger Higgins, George Wakem, Ben Coccia, Ted Wyrostek, Jim Barry. Kneeling: Buzz Barry, Duck Muccino, Mendy Mendillo, Harpo Tavares, Joseph Silva, Ace Boulanger, Richard Vargas, Anthony Amaral. Not pictured: Pat Barba and Alfred Charette. (Buzz and Jim Barry, Boulanger, Higgins, McCanna, Mendillo, and Tavares are individual members of the Hall of Fame.)
1945 Roger Higgins cartoon tribute from Providence Journal's illustrator Frank Lanning. Roger Higgins set the state strikeout record in 1944 and 1945. He was named All State pitcher in both years. He then moved quickly through the Boston Red Sox farm system until injuries brought his career to an end.
1945 Warren Athletic Hall of Famers Duke Abbruzzi and Leo Sevigny both suited up for the United States Army in Yugoslavia at the end of World War II.
1946 Warren High School Baseball Foursome. Front row kneeling: Pat Barba and Mendy Mendillo. Back row standing: Ace Boulanger and Buzzy Barry. (Barry, Boulanger, and Mendillo are individual members of the Hall of Fame.)
1946 Mendy Mendillo (Athlete Inductee 2010) of Warren is tagged out by East Providence catcher Bill Whitaker at home plate after a single by Jim Henneberry. This ninth inning play occurred in the first game of the state schoolboy playoffs. Warren won the game 5-4.
1946 Leon Urban of Warren is safe at third base in championship game between Warren and West Warwick. Warren won the game and the state championship, 6-3.
Harpo Tavares (Athlete Inductee 1998) of Warren High School slid home with final run of State Championship game 1946. Game was played at Aldrich Field, Score Warren 6 West Warwick 3
1946 Warren High School State Baseball
Champions. Sitting: Buzz Barry Kneeling: Ted Wyrostek, Mendy Mendillo,
Harpo Tavares, Lou Daigneault, Leon Urban, Billy Servant, Mascot Tom Silva.
Standing: Jim Doherty, Dizzy Barry, Jim Barry, Pat Barba, Ducky Muccino, Gerry
Sampson, Charlie Bartlett, Jake Lombardi, Jim Henneberry, Hank Poitras, Fred
Mello. On top of the world: Ace Boulanger (Buzz and Jim Barry, Boulanger,
Mendillo, Servant, and Tavares are individual members of the Hall of Fame.
1946 Warren High School State Champions
Baseball team. Front Row: Louis Denault, Duck Muccino, Mendy Mendillo, Jim
Barry, Harpo Tavares, Leon Urban, Pat Barba, Ace Boulanger, Buzz Barry. Second
Row: Coach Charlie Burdge, Jake Lombardi, Ronald Bartlett, James Doherty, Diz
Barry, Teddy Wyrostek, Gerry Sampson, Fred Mello, James Henneberry, Bill
Servant, Manager Thomas Silva. (Buzz and Jim Barry, Boulanger, Burdge, Mendillo,
Servant, and Tavares are individual members of the Hall of Fame.)
Providence Journal's account of deciding game of Warren/Bristol Little World Series As usually happened, Warren won.
Ace Boulanger (Athlete Inductee 1998) All State pitcher 1946 and 1947 (A Warren High pitcher was named 1st Team All State pitcher four years in row, Roger Higgins in 1944 and 1945 and Ace in 1946 and 1947)
1946 Mendy Mendillo (Athlete Inductee 2010), Captain of Warren High Football team.
1947 Ed Polak(Athlete Inductee 1999), Holy Cross catcher, tagging out a Boston College baserunner at home plate. While at Warren High, Ed was named All State catcher in 1943 and 1944.
1947 Coach Charlie Burdge and All State catcher Harpo Tavares both are individual members of the Hall of Fame.
1947 Warren High School Baseball.
Kneeling: Gerry Sampson, Coach Charlie Burdge, Harpo Tavares. Standing: Ace
Boulanger, Pat Barba, Unknown, Duck Muccino, Buzz Barry, Mendy Mendillo and Lou
Alfano. (Barry, Boulanger, Burdge, Mendillo, and Tavares are individual members
of the Hall of Fame.)
1947 Ace Boulanger (Athlete Inductee
1998) Warren All State
pitcher sporting his 1946 State Championship jacket.
1947 Warren High Baseball State Runners-up. Front row: Pat Abbruzzi, Ducky Muccino, Buzz Barry, Lou Alfano, Bill Servant, Mendy Mendillo, Diz Barry, and Manager Tom Silva. Back Row: Coach Charlie Burdge, Harpo Tavares, Ron Bartlett, Jim Doherty, Huck Henneberry, Gerry Sampson, Charlie Barrett, Pat Barba, Ace Boulanger, and Assistant Coach Donat Brochu. Abbruzzi, Buzz Barry, Boulanger, Brochu, Burdge, Henneberry, Mendillo, Servant, and Tavares are individual members of the Hall of Fame.)
1947 Warren vs Bristol Little World Series newspaper ad. Warren won the Series.
1947 Bill Servant (Athlete Inductee 2001) Warren battles two Barrington football defenders at Guiteras Field. Game ended in a scoreless tie. (Yes, this game was played in Bristol.)
1948 Warren Standard Pharmacy winners of the Bristol YMCA Gold Medal tournament. Notables in picture include Standing, third from right, Roger Higgins; standing second from right, John "Jay" Barry; standing far right, manager Jack Ratier; kneeling far right, John Karcz; kneeling second from right, Nick Cariglia; and kneeling on far left, Joe Paterno, later Penn State football coach, but then attending Brown University). (Barry, Cariglia, Higgins, and Karcz are individual members of the Hall of Fame.)
1948 Warren High School Football Captain Jim "Dykes" Doherty - All Class C
1948 Warren's Louis "Duke" Abbruzzi and Art "Red" Kilroy starred for Frank Keaney's Rhode Island State College Running Rams. Both Abbruzzi and Kilroy are individual member of the Hall of Fame.
1949 Pat Abbruzzi (Athlete Inductee 1998) Warren High catcher, foils attempted squeeze play in Class C Eastern Division playoff game against Bristol Colt Memorial. Colt won game 4-3, by scoring all its runs in 9th inning.
1949 Bristol County All-Scholastics. Standing: Iggy Delekta (Warren), W. Mancieri (Bristol), R. Andreozzi (Barrington), J. Cardoza (Bristol), J. Larisa (Barrington), Charlie Brochu (Warren), Herm Grabert (Bristol). Kneeling: R.Pezzullo (Barrington), J. Nagle (Barrington), Pat Abbruzzi (Warren), Lou Murgo (Bristol). Bristol's Herm Grabert and Lou Murgo later became Warren High's Principal and Basketball coach, and, of course, Pat Abbruzzi (Athlete Inductee 1998) coached Warren High School to eight football titles.
1949 Warren Post American Legion
Baseball Eastern U.S. Regional Champions. Batboys Ray Cordeiro and Bruce Martin,
Kneeling- Bob Avila, Warren Seymour, Dick Krawczyk, Paul Vitullo, Ron Greenwood,
Bill Servant, Joe Andrade, Henry Correia Jr. Standing- James Correia, Bill
Smith, Charlie Barrett, Anthony Cambrola, Pat Abbruzzi, Lou Murgo, Herman
Grabert, Richard Cordeiro and Iggy Delekta. Coach Henry Correia Sr. not in
photograph. (Abbruzzi, Henry Correia, Sr., and Servant are individual members of
the Hall of Fame.)