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Hall of Fame Spotlight: Frank Tieuli

Frank Tieuli did a lot of winning with the Milford High School and Milford Legion baseball teams in
the late 1950s and early 1960s and the teammates that helped him to those successes were there half a century later when he celebrated his biggest victory: beating bone marrow cancer. "When I got sick, I heard from just about every teammate I ever had," Tieuli said.
Tieuli said he never considered himself to be as good as some of the peers he will now join in the MHS Hall of Fame. "I was kind of shocked," he said, upon finding out he was going in. "I had a good high school career, but the guys who are in there are really great athletes."
Tieuli hit over .300 on the baseball field and was never thrown out stealing a base. He played third base and enjoyed a tremendous amount of team success. Milford High won the state title his junior year and came within a fluke fly ball off of a tree from winning a second straight championship during his senior season. The Post 59 legion teams were aways in the mix for the state crown during his time with the program.
"We just knew we were going to win," Tieuli said. "When we talked on the field, we knew we were going
to win. If we lost, which was rare, it was a shock." The entire infield was loaded with all stars, he said.
Ernie Kapatoes, who Tieuli called the best athlete he ever saw, played center field with Mike Brita, who spent the fall throwing passes to Tieuli on the gridiron, was in right field and "hit the ball a mile." Dick Pilla and Dick Bavosi were among the players who helped Milford achieve great success on the baseball diamond.
After high school, Tieuli went into the military
and served in Vietnam. He went to school at night at Framingham State and worked for Commonwealth Gas Company, working his way up from meter reader to director of labor relations.
When he gives his acceptance speech this November as an inductee to the Milford High Hall of Fame,
the teammates who helped him win on the field
and had his back as he went through 32 rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant will be on his mind.
It'll also be two weeks after the ninth anniversary of his cancer going into remission. "I'm still here," he said with a chuckle. "It'll be two weeks after my new birthday."




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