SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Sports

August 30, 2010

The Baron of Beverly

Walsh ushered in an era of greatness never before seen at Beverly High

(Continued)

"We scored bang-bang-bang-bang-bang against them, and Buckley was bull," remembered Hamor. "Next thing you know, fists are flying between the teams and our quarterback is getting piled on. Finally, Charlie goes up to Buckley and said, 'We've got all we need from this scrimmage, coach; I'm going to send my boys in to the locker room. But if you want to keep practicing here on our field, go right ahead.'"

"That was Charlie. He didn't want a riot, but he also knew his point — our point — had been made."

A team for all time

Walsh's own playing days saw him play tackle, guard and halfback at Abington High, then matriculate to Georgetown University. His coaching career began at Seneca Vocational High School in Buffalo; at the same time, Walsh played a season of pro football for the Buffalo Bears.

He eventually returned to his alma mater and coached at Abington High for 13 years, having great success on the South Shore. Those with a vested interested in Beverly High football noticed and made a pitch for Walsh, doing whatever it took to get their man.

"They went out of their way to get Charlie," said Hamor. "He had ties up this way in Haverhill, so that might've helped."

Walsh's first BHS edition, in 1944, went a respectable 4-4-1 with wins over Danvers, Amesbury, Lawrence and Marblehead plus a scoreless tie with Gloucester. For a team that had only won a single contest the previous fall, this was major progress.

The next season was even better despite having just 17 varsity players. Beverly went 7-2, pitched three shutouts and allowed just 39 points, with no team scoring more than eight points against the Golden Warriors.

The fickle fans of Beverly were already believers when the 1946 Panther squad went 7-2-1, followed by a so-so 5-5 campaign in 1947. But no one could have foreseen what happened in 1948.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Sports Special
Sports podcasts
Northeast Sports
Comments Tracker
Facebook
Sports Special