If you’re a Newburyport sports fan, and the names Pettingell, Ryan, Makos, Notargiacomo, Yates or Muluaney ring a bell, you may want to consider attending the next Wall of Fame induction ceremony.
Six former Clippers — Bill Pettingell, John “Jack” Ryan, George “Mousie” Makos, John Notargiacomo, Peter Yates and John Muluaney — will be inducted to the Newburyport Wall of Fame Oct. 12 at The Elks Club.
The class will bring Newburyport’s Wall of Fame list to 107 members. The Wall of Fame’s first class was inducted in 1982.
Pettingell may be the most recognizable name to anyone new to the Newburyport area. The longtime varsity baseball coach led his final team to a state championship in 2011. In total, he coached his baseball teams to 616 wins, 18 Cape Ann League championships, three sectional titles and two state championship game appearances.
Pettingell also coached the Newburyport golf team for nine seasons, leading three teams (2003, 2008, 2009) to league championships. He was an assistant football coach from 1968 to 1993. The Newburyport High baseball field was named in Pettingell’s honor last summer.
Ryan, a graduate of the NHS Class of 1916, was a track star. He is now the namesake for “The Ryan Cup,” an award given to an outstanding NHS student-athlete each year. Ryan died at the age of 25 of pneumonia.
Makos, an outstanding three-sport athlete, graduated in the NHS Class of 1954. According to the release distributed by the Newburyport Wall of Fame committee, Makos “was an aggressive opponent, but was remembered as a total team player by his teammates.” Makos is also deceased.
Notargiacomo, a three-sports athlete, graduated from NHS in 1975. He was the Cape Ann League Baseball Player of the Year in 1975. He also played hockey and ran cross-country.
Yates, a member of the NHS Class of 1980, has coached baseball at the high school level in the area for the past 10-plus years. He was a three-year starter and two-year All-CAL selection as a baseball player at NHS. He also played football and basketball.
Muluaney was a gym teacher at Newburyport High from 1965 to 2001. He was also an assistant football coach for 22 years, three of which saw the Clippers capture Super Bowl victory. Muluaney was an assistant track coach from 1970 to 1978. He also coached the local Special Olympics team and led the 1971 girls basketball team to an undefeated season.