Wakefield Hall of Fame
Thomas J. “Dicey” Conroy
Of course no one believes it is possible
to set a record with running a 108 or maybe not even a 100 yard touchdown from
scrimmage due to the length of a football, but here was the situation; In a game
against Cambridge Rindge and Latin on Thanksgiving Day in 1937, Wakefield was
forced to punt from the back of the end zone.
Seeing an opening, Tom Conroy broke out into the playing field and went
all the way for a touchdown. Officially
it was 100 yards, but to some newspaper accounts of the day, 108 yards, (even
one at 110 yards.)
In basketball he is credited with perfecting a one hand set shot which would catch on in later years to replace the two-handed set shot. At the end of the 1938 season, Tom was the all-time high scorer in Wakefield Basketball. ‘Dicey’ was captain of the team which won the Middlesex League Championship for the first time since 1934. He scored 204 points in his final season.
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