Wakefield Hall of Fame
Leslie ‘Tate’ Cummings
Cummings might be called a pioneer when one considers the re-establishment of
Wakefield High School Football. In 1918, after 13 years without football,
elected captain for the 1919
season by the letter winners from the 1918 squad. The 1919 season started just as bad
as 1918 with 3 scoreless
losses but then, the team jelled and Tate, running as a fullback, led his team
in the remaining games to a winning season of
but twice, Tate kicked 40 yard field goals - one of which was a game winner in
a 3-2 victory against Beverly – the other against the alumni. This record stood the test of time
for 76 years and these field goals were done the old-fashioned way - by using
the long lost art of the drop-kick. In
his final football game against
As it is with many great athletes, Tate Cummings did not only excel in one sport. Over a four year period he scored 48% of the goals for the hockey team and was captain in 1920. Tate started at third base his sophomore year in fall baseball, batted .391 at the cleanup spot with a .652 slugging average. As a catcher in his senior year he was known for is powerful arm and strong defense while he batted close to .400, stole 30 bases and helped lead his team to a Middlesex League title.
on to play semi-pro baseball in
Standing, left to right Gordon Crandall. Francis Maguire. Captain Caswell Huestis, John Kalaher, Leslie Cummings. Robert M. Dean. Jr., Mgr. Cyrus M. Dolbeare.
Middle Row Harold Surrette, Raymond Pearson. Howard Marshall, Wm. Lee George O’Neil. John Reid.
Front Row, Leo Douglas, Wrn. Finner, Harry Bird. Walter Clements. Herbert Hancock.
Tate Cummings Wakefield Hall of Fame Plaque – Inducted 1996.
Tate Cummings is seated in the front row center of this 1919 football team picture.
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