THOMAS HENRY WHALEN, Class of 1968

WHALEN_TOM_H_1987_1968THOMAS HENRY WHALEN
Class of 1968
Inducted in 1987

Winning seven letters in three different sports, Tom Whalen was one of Lowell High School’s best all-around athletes of the 1960’s.

Tom quarterbacked the legendary 1967 Lowell High football team that rolled over nine opponents, outscoring them 299–12. Tom rushed for eight touchdowns and passed for eight more that season. He averaged over serve in yards per carry, culminating his season by running 143 yards to gain MVP honors in a 22–0 victory over Lawrence. Tom had presaged his senior heroics the previous Thanksgiving when here in 56 yards for a touchdown against Lawrence in his first play from scrimmage in a high school game.

Tom played three years of varsity baseball for the Red and Gray, captaining the team his senior year. He achieved all-school last honors in both his junior and senior years. His career baseball statistics placed him high on the school lists in virtually every offensive category. Tom was selected to the prestigious Hearst New England All-Star team after his junior year.

Tom was selected “Lowell Athlete of the Year” for the 1967–68 school year for his accomplishments.

Upon graduation from Lowell High School, Tom was drafted and signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball organization. He played three years of minor league ball, reaching as high as the double A level.

Induction Year: 1987
Graduation/Class Year: 1968
Gender: Male
LHS Sports Played: Football, Baseball
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Professional/International/Olympic Sports: Pittsburgh Pirates baseball organization
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