|Title:||Class of 1989|
William S. Leach, your accomplishments on the baseball field are
among the most memorable in Worcester State College history.
You were an outstanding catcher and never missed a game during your four years. Your individual accomplishments are a tribute to you natural abilities, hard work, and determination as evidenced by your .287 career batting average, 37 runs scored in just 40 games, and your outstanding .987 fielding percentage, committing only four errors in your career. Your leadership qualities were recognized and you were elected captain of the 1962 team.
Baseball has played a major role in your life. You played four years of high school and legion ball and each year your legion team competed in the State Playoffs.
You were selected to play in the regional finals of the W. R. Hearst New England Sandlot Championship game at Fenway Park in 1959. You were the starting catcher and caught Wilbur Wood, famed pitcher for the Red Sox and White Sox. You also played semi-pro ball in the Blackstone Valley League from 1959-63. You were selected by the Washington Senators and offered a professional contract, but you decided to return to Worcester State College.
You were a baseball umpire for 10 years and a member of the Worcester Umpires' Association, officiating many high school, legion and college games.
In 1980 you were appointed the Superintendent of School in North Brookfield, MA, a position you still hold today. You are a member of the State and New England Association of School Superintendents. You continue to distinguish yourself, and do honor to your Alma Mater, both professionally and personally.
William S. Leach, it is with great pride that we induct you into the Worcester State College Athletic Hall of Fame.