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  • SubGenre:Football
  • Language:English
  • Pages:116
  • Hardcover ISBN:9798350923537


A History of Fairhaven High School Sports

by Buddy Thomas

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TRUE TO THE BLUE chronicles the history of the athletic sports teams of Fairhaven High School (Fairhaven, MA) from this public high school's beginning in 1906 and into the 21st century. Author Buddy Thomas, a retired sportswriter for the New Bedford Standard-Times, uses each chapter to highlight a different decade and remember the outstanding individual athletes that brought athletic success to the school.
Fairhaven High School, an architecturally beautiful public school that was built in Fairhaven, Massachusetts in 1906, has a proud athletic history that is explored by retired sportswriter Buddy Thomas in TRUE TO THE BLUE, his first published book. Buddy examines the highlights of each decade of the 20th century and looks at the early portion of this century. Numerous photos from the archives of the New Bedford Standard-Times, as well as pictures from yearbooks dating back to the 1920's bring each chapter to life. Those who have Faithfully followed Fairhaven High School's sports teams over the years will want to read this book in one sitting as it brings back memories of days gone by and reminds the reader of some of the outstanding individual athletes of the last 110 years. All proceeds from the sales of this publication will go to support the Fairhaven High School Hall of Fame which financially supported this endeavor.
About the author
Buddy Thomas began his sports writing career in June of 1966 with the Standard Times in New Bedford, MA, two weeks after fulfilling a two-year military obligation with a 10-month stint in Vietnam. While serving with the 1st Infantry division in Vietnam, Buddy served as a combat reporter and was embedded with various units under the "Big Red One", compiling notes and writing stories that were shared with civilian newspaper reporters covering the war. When he wasn't embedded with those units, he would return to base camp and escort various dignitaries who were in the country visiting the various fighting forces. The list included Bob Hope, Ann Margaret, Hugh O'Brien and Miss USA – Dianna Lynn Batts (1965). Following his discharge, Buddy joined a four-man sports staff at the Standard Times where he covered high school sports over a 40-year full-time career. He was the newspaper's first sportswriter to cover the New England (Boston) Patriots and Boston Celtics home and playoff games and did feature stories on the Boston Red Sox. But his love was covering the 10-12 high schools throughout the four decades of his full-time writing career and the 10 years of part-time work that followed. He was presented numerous awards by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) over his writing career and has been honored by several of the schools he covered. A widower since 1991, Buddy is the father of three children (Mike, Kristen and Sue) who have collectively presented him with five grandchildren (Kyle, Kathryn, Lily, Brooke and Abby) – all of whom are currently in college. Although he authored several sports series about high school athletes and legendary coaches over the years, this is Buddy's first published book.