By Dan Guttenplan Sports Editor
Newburyport Daily News
---- — Last night’s Newburyport Wall of Fame induction ceremony had a baseball theme.
Six former Clippers — Bill Pettingell, John “Jack” Ryan, George “Mousie” Makos, John Notargiacomo, Peter Yates and John Mulvaney — were inducted to the Newburyport Wall of Fame at The Elks Club, bringing the total number of members to 107. The Wall of Fame’s first class was inducted in 1982.
Ryan (Class of 1916) and Makos (Class of 1954) were honored posthumously, and three of the other four inductees played or coached baseball at Newburyport High.
Pettingell was a baseball coach at Newburyport from 1970 to 2011. He led his final team to a state championship, and has since had the field at Newburyport High named in his honor. In total, he coached his baseball teams to 616 wins, 18 Cape Ann League championships, three sectional titles and two state championship game appearances.
“You can’t expect nights like this to happen,” Pettingell said. “There’s a lot of reasons they happen from great assistant coaches to players. I’m still blown away that they named the field after me.”
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.
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, had his son, David Makos, accept in his honor.
Notargiacomo, a three-sport 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.
“I was part of the first two Cape Ann League championship teams,” Notargiacomo said. “Winning those championships and having those accolades is something I’ll always remember.”
Yates, a member of the NHS Class of 1980, coached baseball at the high school level in the area before moving to Connecticut a few years ago. He was a three-year starter and two-year All-CAL selection as a baseball player at NHS. He also played football and basketball. Later, he served as an assistant baseball coach under Mark Rowe at Georgetown High for eight seasons.
“We had eight good seasons over there,” Yates said. “A lot of the lessons I learned while playing I was able to instill in those kids.”
Mulvaney 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 victories. Mulvaney 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.
“One of the highlights of my career was keeping that unbeaten streak alive in basketball,” Mulvaney said. “I was interviewed by WHDH, because at the time there were no male coaches with female sports in a varsity situation. That sounds like ancient history now.”