Athlete Bio

Joseph E. Manchuso

Class of 1960

A four-year football letter winner who was a rare two-time captain, Joe Manchuso was also a standout in baseball and basketball and was voted co-most outstanding athlete of his graduating class.

Manchuso grew up a "playground rat" at Emerson Field, watching the great football teams of the early 50's roll to victory after victory.

When he entered the high school in the fall of 1956, Manchuso quickly became a part of that success, earning a spot onto the varsity and starting the Thanksgiving Day game with Lexington. Manchuso went on to become one of the best players of the era, starting all four years and serving as captain his junior and senior years. A Middlesex League All-Star, Joe was also a Boston Globe and WKOX Radio All-Scholastic and played in the Greater Lowell and Lawrence Charity All-Star games.

Manchuso also shone in the winter and spring, earning letters on the great basketball teams of the late 50's which played in two Tech Tourneys at the Garden. In the spring, Manchuso was an integral part of coach Carew's baseball teams, playing the outfielder. For his efforts, Manchuso was named co-most athletic with classmate Brad Evans at commencement exercises in 1960.

"I will always remember the tremendous coaching staff of men like Megin, O'Connell, Carew and O'Connor," says Manchuso, who was a member of the last graduating class from Concord High School. "Playing four years of varsity football was a tremendous honor, and participating in the Tech Tourney at the Garden will always be with me."

The father of sons Paul and Todd, daughter Lyn Wilson and six grandchildren, Manchuso can now be found patrolling the streets of his beloved hometown as a member of the Concord Police Department.