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Legend continues as Barry enters second Hall of Fame

When Needham resident Eddie Barry is inducted into UMass-Boston's Athletic Hall of Fame on Wednesday evening as part of its inaugural class, it will add another chapter to a long and distinguished sporting life.

Barry played for the Boston Bruins in the 1940s. As a golfer, he won 12 club championships at his home course, the Charles River Country Club in Newton, as well as the New England Amateur championship, and New England and Massachusetts Senior Amateur titles.

Already a charter member of the Northeastern University Athletic Hall of Fame, Barry, a former three-sport star at Wellesley High School, was Boston State College's only hockey and golf coach over two decades. Boston State, a small-college hockey power under Barry, later merged with UMass-Boston.

Barry, who celebrates his 84th birthday on Thursday, has played golf with Francis Ouimet and Tom Watson, was a perennial wintertime houseguest and golfing buddy of Red Sox slugger Ted Williams in Florida. As a respected hockey referee, he officiated at several national collegiate championship games.

And yet none of those accomplishments, he said, are the greatest thrill he has had in sports -- although breaking in with the Bruins in 1946 as just one of five Americans in the old six-team National Hockey League was right up there. No, said Barry, it's the relationships he has had with more than 600 former hockey players and golfers at Boston State from 1962 to 1982, many of whom are expected to be in attendance this week.

In honor of Barry's induction, a committee of Boston State alumni wrote a tribute and biography. Barry's grandson, Kevin, put together a photographic display depicting his grandfather's athletic accomplishments. Barry will be introduced at the ceremony by Newton native Bob Barry (no relation), who was freshman hockey coach at Boston State.

"The response from my players since the announcement was made has been unbelievable," said Barry, who keeps a file of letters from those players at his insurance firm, Barry & Farrell in Needham. His business partner of more than 30 years is fellow Needhamite Jack Farrell, a former Boston College football player. "I've had so many calls and letters and so this honor is even more special. Two Halls of Fame . . . imagine that."

One letter was from Westborough resident and former hockey team manager Tom Reardon, which reads,"Your election to the Hall of Fame is richly deserved. Your ability to impart discipline, teamwork, and understanding, be it on the ice or on the golf course, have been things I used in and out of the classroom. Knowing you for 44 years has been a real pleasure. You were one of the main reasons I chose Boston State."

Barry also has been recognized at his home course, where he has seven holes-in-one and has little difficulty posting golf scores lower than his age. A few years ago, a plaque with Barry's caricature was erected at the clubhouse entrance. It reads, "In honor of Edward T. Barry, who proudly represented the Charles River Country Club at the highest levels of amateur competition for over 40 years."

Barry joined Charles River in 1957, and that is where he played golf with Ouimet, who won the 1913 US Open at The Country Club in Ouimet's hometown of Brookline. Barry also played a few holes at Charles River and shared lots of laughs with Watson, the great pro champion. Barry, by the way, played Watson dead even.

A 1938 graduate, Barry was one of the greatest athletes ever at Wellesley High. He enlisted in the Coast Guard during World War II and played baseball and hockey with service teams.

He was a star forward with the Coast Guard Cutters hockey club stationed at Curtis Bay in Baltimore, a team loaded with National Hockey League players, including Bruins goalie Frank Brimsek. Barry caught the eye of the Bruins, and after the war he was called up from their farm team, the Boston Olympics.

"It was a lot different then," he said. "Hammy Moore, the Bruins trainer, called me up on the telephone and said that [Bruins owner] Weston Adams wanted to see me in his office -- and that's when Adams told me they were bringing me up. My first game was at Boston Garden against the Chicago Blackhawks, and just about everybody I knew was in the stands."

Barry, whose playing days were cut short by an elbow injury, later coached the Boston Olympics as a prelude to his college coaching career.

Bike ride honors football mentor

Framingham resident David Chapin's solo bike ride from Framingham to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough two weekends ago to benefit the Ron Burton Training Village, established in 1985 in Hubbardston, was a bittersweet experience.

Chapin, 41, got his start in the Framingham Pop Warner football program from Burton, the former Boston Patriots star of the 1960s, who died Sept. 14 after a long battle with cancer.

Chapin did the 25-mile ride in 1 hour, 50 minutes and raised nearly $400 in pledges for the village, where urban youngsters attend a five-week sports and academic camp. One of Burton's sons, Ron Jr., was at the start and finish to recognize Chapin's effort. Chapin was supported along the route by his wife and their two children, who stayed close by in a car.

Here and there

Three local residents were among five inductees to the Athletic Hall of Fame at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in ceremonies held on campus Sept. 20. Angela Basselet, a standout outfielder on the softball team from 1994-1997 with a .450 career batting average, lives in Ashland. Scott Binding, a shortstop who led Wentworth to its first two Commonwealth Coast Conference baseball titles in 1989 and 1990, lives in Franklin. And two-time All-Conference men's basketball (1986-1987) pick Tim Joyce lives in Hopkinton. . . . Framingham's Samir Chenaif, a sophomore at Stonehill College, was honored as the Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week after a 36-22 victory at Saint Anselm College last weekend. He recorded nine tackles and 2 1/2 quarterback sacks, recovered one fumble and forced another, and returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown. Chenaif, a linebacker, is a graduate of Framingham High School.

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