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Oct 26, 2016 11:30 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Carl Yastrzemski Could Be In Attendance At Bridgehampton High School Hall Of Fame Induction

Nov 1, 2016 9:47 AM

Bridgehampton High School will host its inaugural Hall of Fame dinner on Wednesday, November 16, at 6 p.m., honoring several distinguished Killer Bees alumni who left a lasting legacy at the school both in the classroom and on the athletic fields and courts. The inaugural class includes Bill DePetris, Sandy McFarland, John Niles, Bill Stravroupolus and Carl Yastrzemski.

Yastrzemski, of course, is the standout name on the list. The National Baseball Hall of Famer played a variety of positions for the Boston Red Sox during his illustrious career, which spanned from 1961 to 1983, during which time he was an All-Star 18 times, won seven Golden Glove awards, and amassed more than 400 home runs and 3,000 hits.

Bridgehampton Athletic Director Mike Miller confirmed last week that there was a chance Yastrzemski would be in attendance at the induction, saying that the invitation had been sent out to Yastrzemski, who lives in Boston, and that he had not ruled out attending. Miller added on Monday that he had a phone call scheduled with Yastrzemski for Wednesday, November 2, at which time he was hoping to get confirmation, one way or another, if Yastrzemski would attend.

While Yastrzemski is world famous for his prowess as a baseball player, he was a standout three-sport athlete for Bridgehampton in the 1950s. Yastrzemski had a career batting average of .512 as a Killer Bee, but also played football and basketball, and set a conference record for scoring 628 points in his high school hoops career. He went on to the University of Notre Dame on an athletic scholarship for both basketball and baseball, and began his 23-year career with the Red Sox in 1961. In 1967, he won the Triple Crown and was named the MVP of the American League.

At the time of his retirement, Yastrzemski was the all-time American League leader in games played (3,308), and was the only American League player to garner both 3,000 hits and 400 home runs, finishing with 3,419 hits and 452 homers. He also had 1,844 RBIs. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 1989.

Joining Yaztrzemski in the 2016 Bridgehampton class on inductees are: DePetris (Class of 1956), a football, basketball and baseball player and Marine Corps veteran who was quarterback and captain of the six-man football team for three years, scored more than 1,000 points in his hoops career, and had six no-hitters in his high school baseball career; Niles, the former Bridgehampton boys basketball coach who led the team to state championships in 1984 and 1986, along with many more county and league titles; McFarland (Class of 1992), a member of the East Hampton varsity girls track team who was a county champion in the 100 and 200-meter dash before earning All-Big East honors as a standout at Syracuse University; and Stavropoulos, a four-year letterman in baseball, football and basketball and member of the National Honor Society who went on to become the CEO of the Dow Chemical Company.

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Don't bet on him showing up !
By 1942sparky (18), Bridgehampton on Oct 26, 16 5:48 PM
why wouldn't he come? he has lots of past memories here as well as many extended family members here I know would welcome a visit.
By xtiego (696), bridgehampton on Oct 26, 16 6:32 PM
Highly unlikely he will attend. He has a autograph signing in Massachusetts .
By Unhampton (1), Southampton on Oct 27, 16 4:29 PM
8k run & 3 mile walk, Agawam Park, Southampton Rotary Club fundraiser