To the editor:

It was good to see The Salem News of Monday, Aug. 11, mention the 2014 Peabody High Hall of Fame selections.

A couple of names were the late Paul “Butch” Galaris, hoop stalwart of the mid ’50s with his supporting cast of Eddi Callahan, the late Walter Bellaesuis, Charlie Speliotis, Butch O’Hara, Henry Veliz, Bob Feeney, Church Jones, etc.

Butch was a cousin of the late John Galaris, Salem State hoop All-American, who played at Peabody High School a few years after Butch, with Jim Retos, the late Stan Kanarski, etc., who led the Tanners to two straight tech tourney appearances at the old Boston Garden in 1960 and 1961, coached by Pete Retos.

And the late Jim McDonald who played on the 1944 state Class A champs along with the late coach Arthur Adamopoulos, Dick Keon, Herby Harris, etc. 

Jim McDonald was a big end on the 1944 team; Adamopoulos was a center, Keon was a halfback. 

The 1944 team, coached by Bill Seeglitz, played to a memorable 0-0 tie with Salem High, coached by Glenn O’Brien. The game, for the A Title at Lynn’s Manning Bowl, was played before a crowd estimated at 20,000. Peabody won the A Title over Salem by percentage points in the Class A rating system of that era. 

I heard a lot of the Peabody High School 1944 team from my late father, former Peabody High School track coach in the early 1960s, and “Cappy” Cappellos, who played football for Coach Seeglitz in 1937 before the 1938 Class B state champs of John Bezemes, Chris Brady, Ernie Blair, Alberghini, etc.

And this year’s 2014 selections Frank Caudila, who played football and baseball for Coach Ed Nizwantowski and a great Peabody High School girls hoop coach Jane Heil, field hockey coach Lorraine Benoit, congratulations to all.

Wally Birmingham


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