The Franchise– The Chiefs franchise carries a winning percentage of almost .700 over the 2,600 games they have played over seven decades. In 1966, the Chiefs were named as the top semi-professional team in America. Since 1957, they have had only five managers, Ernie Ardolino (1957-1960), Lenny Dempsey (1961-1967), Joe O’Donnell (1968-1981), Bob DeFelice (1982-1984) and current manager Chuck Andre 1989-present. The franchise was named as the “Team of the Decade” for the 1960’s, 1970’s & 1990’s.s.
The 2016 Coaching Staff
Chuck Andre-Manager (Boston College) completed his 25th year at the helm in 2015. Andre, who has a career managerial record of 598-327-68, has piloted the club to 23 playoff appearances, eight regular season pennants, and six Intercity League Championships. He begins the 2016 season two wins shy of his 600th career victory. A former right-handed pitcher, Andre played for the Chiefs in the 1970’s & 1980’s. He has missed the ICL postseason just twice as a player or manager in 31 seasons. He was inducted into the Medford High School Hall of Fame in 1995.
Steve Calabresi– Coach (UMass-Boston) Longtime Arlington Catholic coach rejoined the Chiefs staff in 2012. Coach Cal was previously with the team from 1989 to 1995, has 47 years of experience in the coaching ranks, and has been part of five Chiefs’ championships.
John Veneziano- Coach (Westfield State) Veneziano joined the Chiefs Staff for the 2012 season. A former Westfield State standout outfielder, Veneziano played for the Chiefs and was an outfielder on many Chiefs championship teams of the late 1970’s and 1980’s.
Anthony Durkee- Coach (Salem State). Durkee returned to the Chiefs dugout in 2012 after spending a few seasons in Florida. He first came aboard with the Chiefs in 2006. Former standout at Medford High, graduating in 2004.
The Chiefs will be without longtime Assistant Manager Paul Crisafulli for the first time since the 1997 season. Paul retired to Maine after the 2015 season..
The Tradition– The Chiefs baseball tradition runs deep, as sons have followed their fathers and grandfathers in wearing the uniform. Over the years, playing for the Chiefs became a sandlot baseball fantasy place where batboys became players, ball boys became major league pitchers, and many became baseball legends. As former manager Joe O’Donnell (1968-1981) said at a Chiefs reunion banquet, “once a Chief, always a Chief.” Still today, Chiefs’ players from decades gone by return to watch their team play. There always seems to be a former Chief or two in the crowd.
Alumni– Through the years, Chiefs mystique, championships and professionalism has remained constant. Almost 600 semi-professional ballplayers at one time or another wore the Chiefs uniform. It is estimated that over 115 of those players at some point signed a professional baseball contract. Two former Chiefs have even appeared in the World Series, Mike Pagliarulo with the Minnesota Twins in 1991 and Kevin McGlinchy with the Atlanta Braves in 1999.
Maplewood Park & South Broadway Field at Malden Catholic Located in Malden, Massachusetts– The Chiefs play their night games on the artificial surface of Maplewood Park and the newly constructed and soon to be renamed adjacent South Broadway Field. Both facilities are located on the campus of Malden Catholic.
Huskins Field at Tufts University Located in Medford, Massachusetts– The Chiefs play their daytime home games at beautiful Huskins Field which is located on College Avenue on the campus of Tufts University, considered to be one of the finest natural grass surfaces in the Northeast.
Record Book– The Chiefs have have had three of the last four ICL MVP’s. Jeff Bercume (2012), Jared Freni (2013) and Johnny Welch (2014). They also have bragging rights to two of the all-time winning pitchers in ICL history, Fred Knox (1957-1973) and Dave Marsters (1989-2008), who both recorded over 110 career ICL victories. Former Cleveland Indian outfielder Justin Crisafulli is the career home run leader with 91, hit leader with 567, and RBI leader with 417. For a complete history of the Chiefs franchise visit our website at www.AndreChiefs.com and click on the “Chiefs History” tab.
The Chiefs continue to develop young talent from the college level and at the same time showcase players with professional baseball experience. For information e-mail AndreChiefs@aol.com or visit the Chiefs popular website at www.AndreChiefs.com