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Chris Morelli

Chris Morelli


In the 1960s, Milford was a baseball-crazed town, and 2013 Milford High Hall of Fame inductee Chris Morelli was lucky enough to be right in the middle of it. "For me, getting into the hall of fame is a sign of the quality and character of the baseball players we had back then," he said. "I don't see it as an individual honor. I was very fortunate to be surrounded by an awful lot of quality baseball and football players to obtain the record that I did."
Morelli was a dominant pitcher for Milford High in the mid-1960s. He posted an 11-0 record on the mound in 1965 to lead the 22-2 Scarlets to the state finals. He followed that up with a 10-2 mark in 1966 and a .365 average at the plate, enough to earn him a spot on both the Midland League and Central Mass all-star teams.
"We had so many great baseball players, it made it almost impossible to lose," he said with a chuckle. "And we had our coach, Joe Stoico, he developed me from an average everyday player to a competitive pitcher in the Midland League."
Morelli's numbers were a bit better than simply "competitive." Over his junior and senior seasons, he earned a 21-2 record and pitched 22 complete games in 23 starts, being taken out just once in the eight innings. He averaged 124 pitches and eight strikeouts per game and batted a combined .327 at the plate. Morelli was also a standout on the 1966 state championship Milford Legion team under Pep Morcone.
"Being on a legion team at that time was like making the Cape Cod League," said Morelli. "Knowing you had 1500-2000 people in the stands, it was crazy. We were on a stage, people talked about Milford baseball on their lunch breaks, it was all day, every day. It was such a tremendous time and a different era when Milford baseball was the sport in the area."
Morelli also stood out on the gridiron as a center and middle linebacker under coach John Calagione. MHS won a Midland League title during his junior season in 1964. "We had some great football players," said Morelli. "But it was still all about baseball."
Morelli continued to pitch as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He was the ace of the staff for the Aviano Air Base team that competed against all-star teams across Europe. His fondest baseball memory, however, was the Milford Town Series between Milford High and St. Mary's.
"That series was the greatest thing going," he said. "There would be 2,000 people at Fino Field and this was what the baseball fans looked forward to all season, that rivalry. It was incredible and to be a part of that stage was special."
For Morelli, it was another part of a Golden Age in Milford baseball. "Baseball was the thing in town, to be selected by Joe (Stoico) or Pep (Morcone) was a great honor and you realized what you were getting into when you were selected," he said. "The thing that sticks in my mind the most is sometimes in sports you play by fear of failure, but with Milford baseball, you knew you were definitely in an environment that bread success."




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