Peter Hale, one of the most decorated track and field athletes in Swampscott High School and Williams College history, was no overnight success. His first competitive foray into running was one he’d probably rather forget.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Tony Conigliaro is carried off the field on a stretcher by teammates and the trainers of both the Red Sox and the California Angels after he was beaned by Angels pitcher Jack Hamilton in the fourth inning of their game at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass., Aug. 18, 1967. (AP Photo/Bill Chaplis)
By STEVE KRAUSE
He had been in a slump. Tony Conigliaro, the 22-year-old kid who, earlier in 1967, had become the youngest player in the history of the American League to reach the 100-homer mark, was in a rut and hadn’t hit one out in 10 days.
Swampscott’s historic cemetery is a peaceful place. Mature trees shade walkways that wind through the well-maintained grounds, while the sounds of birds mingle with the gentle hum of traffic. Grave sites are marked by small American flags waving in the breeze and by flowers and balloons that pay tribute to loved ones long gone.
“I arrived in Ireland with no phone, no home and no hairdresser,” said Anne Driscoll, an award-winning journalist, social worker and author.
The longtime Swampscott resident details her experiences as a Fulbright Scholar working with the Irish Innocence Project in her engaging three-volume Irish You Were Here book series, which showcases her superb storytelling skills.
Swampscott men tackle the ‘Mount Everest of swimming’
By MEAGHAN CASEY
There will likely be jellyfish, water temperatures dipping below 60 degrees, salt-water induced swelling of lips and tongues, skin chafing and stretches of hunger and fatigue, but that won’t stop Swampscott’s Andy Jones and Tommy Gainer from attempting to swim the English Channel this summer.