Everett C. "Dooley" Thorpe
Class of 1956
Everett C. Thorpe sounds like a name reserved for the US Ambassador to the Court of St. James. However, "Dooley,” his nickname, speaks of who he is and was - a slick fielding first baseman, sharpshooting basketball guard and highly esteemed athletic administrator during the years he served his alma mater as athletic director.
Thorpe, a velvet-smooth, two-sport superstar, was the Ferris Fain, Gil Hodgers and Wes Parker of Concord High baseball; the finest fielding first baseman in the history of the school.
He also had plenty of pop in his bat, too. A consistent .300-plus hitter, Dooley enjoyed many multiple hit afternoons playing baseball for Coach Walter Carew.
Once, against Melrose, he pounded three hits including a home run blast that cleared the Emerson Playground fence in left field, carried across Everett Street and landed on the driveway adjacent to the armory.
As a basketball player, Thorpe could light-it-up, stopping and popping from outside or putting the rock on the floor and twisting to the cylinder. As a senior, playing for his long-time friend Bob Seward, Thorpe captained the team, made the Middlesex League All-Star team and finished second in the league in scoring with 450 points.
He also once buried 30 points in a tourney game and set a record by swishing 28 foul shots.
Later, at Bridgeport University, he set two NCAA Division 2 New England college baseball records, one for hitting safely in 28 straight games and a second for playing errorless ball in 39 consecutive games. He also carries a lofty .340 career batting average in college baseball.
In 1962, he started a career in Concord as a teacher, coach and athletic administrator. At CCHS, he coached varsity baseball, junior varsity baseball and freshman football.
He also was athletic director at Concord-Carlisle School from 1977 until 1989. Only 5 foot-6, tonight he stands 10 feet tall taking his place among the Concord sports greats.