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April 4, 2013

Perrone finally gets the call: he's going in Salem High Hall of Fame

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Football and baseball teams coached by Perrone have won a grand total of 1,413 games, 49 championships, six state titles, a New England crown and recorded six unbeaten seasons. He has been selected Coach of the Year 16 times (for football and baseball). He is a member of seven other Hall of Fames, including Massachusetts High School Football Coaches (1992), State of Maine All Sports (2009), Southern Connecticut Diamond (2010), Greater New Haven Legends (2011), John Bapst High School (2011), Hamden High in Connecticut (2012), and Salem State University (2012), where he was the baseball coach for 25 years before retiring at the end of last season.

“I think what made a big difference was the fact that our coaching staff all worked in the Salem school system,” said Perrone. “We knew all our kids so we didn’t rebuild, we reloaded each year. The Pop Warner teams used to practice after we got off the field, and many of them came early to watch us. It was one big family up there (at Bertram Field). We’d all march together in the Heritage Day parades.”

“I’m grateful for Tom Furey, who has been like a pit bull trying to get me into the Hall of Fame for the past 19 years. He just wouldn’t give up.”

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