WHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee Still Seeks Nominations for 2021 Induction

John Domenico, President of the Winthrop High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, would like to remind members of the public that nomination forms are still available for the 2021 Hall of Fame Induction.  Nomination forms may be obtained from Richard Thibeau, Member of the Committee, by telephone at 617-846-5943, or by email at [email protected].

“Anyone may nominate an individual or individuals,” Domenico said.  “In addition to the nomination form, which must be completed and signed, nominations should be accompanied by additional information pertaining to the nominee such as newspaper articles, letters and photographs.”

Membership in the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame is open to those individuals who have made significant contributions to the Winthrop High School athletic programs, either through their participation in athletics or their association with Winthrop athletics as a coach, faculty member, or through exceptional service.

To be eligible as an individual athlete or as a team, the individual or team members must have graduated from Winthrop High School, and must have been part of a class that was graduated at least ten years prior to the nomination.

The WHS Athletic Hall of Fame also recognizes other significant individuals, such as administrators and others, who have made special contributions to the Winthrop High School Athletic Program.

Nomination forms must be returned by August 5, 2021 to Richard Thibeau in order to be considered for the 14th Winthrop High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction.

The WHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee consists of ten members who are graduates of Winthrop High School and have been involved in athletics in the community and elsewhere.  Over the next two months, these individuals will be profiled.

President John Domenico – WHS Class of 1945.  John was an athlete, coach, teacher and administrator at Winthrop High School.  He was captain of his baseball team in 1945 and the winner of the Bentley Swift Award given at graduation to the boy who has done the most for athletics during his high school years. John played baseball at Northeastern University and tennis at the University of Maine from which he graduated. He became the WHS baseball coach in 1953 and served in that capacity until 1960.  John was the principal of Winthrop High School from 1970 to 1986 and the WHS boys tennis coach for many years, too.

Secretary Peg Bailey – WHS Class of 1977.  Peg played field hockey for three years at Winthrop High School and has been the team manager of the Lady Vikings basketball team from 1974 to 2021, and was team manager of the softball team from 1976 to 1994. She also coached freshman softball at WHS in 1995 and 1996, and was a volunteer cross country coach from 1995 to 2015. Peg played softball at Salem State University and has been a volunteer coach with the Boston Renegades Beep Baseball team for the blind/visually impaired since 2013. She is a former member of the Winthrop Parks and Recreation Commission.

Treasurer Richard Thibeau – WHS Class of 1963. Richard played one year of varsity hockey at Don Bosco Technical High School before transferring to WHS. He played baseball for three years, was captain of the team in his senior year, and was awarded the Winthrop Little League Baseball Trophy for being the Most Valuable Player. Dick has been a substitute teacher at Winthrop High School since 2009 and coached the WHS girls freshman volleyball team in 2014. He has coached Special Olympics Volleyball for 16 years.

Chris Tsiotos – WHS Class of 1973.  Chris scored over 1000 points in basketball at Winthrop High School and helped lead the Vikings to Northeast Conference championships in 1972 and 1973. He continued his basketball career at Suffolk University where he broke school records in both scoring and rebounding. After graduation from Suffolk, Chris played professional basketball in Greece.  He is a member of the Suffolk University Athletic Hall of Fame, the New England Athletic Hall of Fame and the AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame.  The Winthrop High School basketball court is named in his honor.

Jim Lederman – WHS Class of 1960. Jim Lederman played football for all three years at Winthrop High School.  He announced WHS football games for 50 years as the Voice of the Vikings at Miller Field and on radio throughout the North Shore as well. Jim was a sports journalist for the Winthrop Sun Transcript for many years and organized the Winthrop Summer League basketball program.

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