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Hall of Fame Spotlight: Ted Steeves

Ted Steeves


In the storied annals of Milford High School sports, certain athletes and leaders helped set the foundation for the success that would follow. One such athlete was Ted Steeves, who will be posthumously inducted into the MHS Hall of Fame this weekend as one of the twelve members of the Class of 2011.
Frederick T. "Ted" Steeves was a standout baseball and football player at Milford in the 1920s, when both programs were still in their relative infancy. He graduated from MHS in 1923 and attended Springfield College, where he majored in Physical Education and begun training as a coach, serving as the coach of the freshman baseball team. He also continued his career as an athlete, playing professional baseball for Binghamton in the New York-Penn League.
Another "founding father" of the Milford High athletic tradition was another Hall of Fame coach, Hop Riopel. He coached both the baseball and football teams to championships in the early 1930s and served as the program's athletic director. Steeves took over all three roles in the fall of 1933 without the Scarlets missing a beat. The Milford High football team was a perennial contender for the league crown, and won the Midland title in 1935. The baseball team consistently played one of the toughest schedules in the state with great success, competing in the Midland and Bay State Leagues. They were one of just eight teams invited to compete in the 1936 state championships at Braves Field and the 1937 states at Fenway Park.
Coach Steeves also helped bring basketball back to Milford High in 1938. The program had been dormant for a decade due to the lack of a facility, but Steeves restarted the program and served as the coach of the boys' team. He also played a key role in establishing the girls' program that same season.
One of his greatest legacies at Milford may be establishing the first physical education classes at the school in the late 1930s, giving all students the opportunity to learn about physical well being and get some exercise during the school day. Ted Steeves was, in many ways, ahead of his time, and one of the most important figures in the early years of what has become a proud and successful athletic program at Milford High School.




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