ICL Hall of Famer Tommy Mandile Passes Away at 76

Tommy Mandile, one of the greatest pitchers ever to come out of this area, passed away this week. Tommy played for the Hosmer Chiefs and Medford Mustangs during his ICL career. He played in Chicago Cubs system for many years. At the end of his playing career Tommy became an umpire in the ICL. He was inducted into the ICL Hall of Fame in 2012.

His full obituary follows.

Thomas Michael Mandile, Jr. passed away on his 76th Birthday, March 23, 2020, after a long brave battle with blood cancer.

He was a loving son, brother, cousin, husband, father, uncle, father-in-law, friend and the BEST grampy ever! Tom is survived by those whom he considered his greatest gifts: his wife of 51 years Robin (Adair); his sister Maryanne and her husband Robert Mazaka of Wilmington; his son Tom and his wife Brenda of Winchester; his son Robert (Bob) and his wife Jennifer of Lynnfield and his PRIDE AND JOY ~ his 5 grandchildren Christine, Ann Marie, Irene, William and Ryan.

Tom was born on March 23, 1944, the son of Thomas Mandile, Sr. and Irene (Quinn). He was born and raised in South Medford. He graduated from Medford HS and was drafted as a Pitcher by the Chicago Cubs. Tom pitched in the minors from 1964-68. He made the spring training roster with the big club in ’67 and ’68 where he played with Ernie Banks and pitched against Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.

After retiring from baseball, Tom worked for the phone company for over 20 years. He also worked at the Riverside school for kids in the DSS/DYS system from 1994-2005 where he was a friend and mentor to many.

Sports were always a love for Tom. He loved to play, watch, coach, umpire, and referee. He was the assistant baseball coach at Pingree HS 2000-2018. He was inducted to the Intercity League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012. He earned the prestigious President’s Award in 2015 from the Eastern MA Umpires Association. But his most favorite pastime was cheering on all his grandchildren at every field, court, rink and dance floor that he could get to. He was loved by so many and will be greatly missed- especially at the Lynnfield DD!

There will be a “Celebration of Life” party to be held at a later date.

Peter Frates 1984-2019

Peter Frates of the Lexington Blue Sox passed away today. The following is a statement from the Frates Family.

Today Heaven received our angel: Peter Frates. A husband to Julie, a father to Lucy, a son to John and Nancy, a brother to Andrew and Jennifer, Pete passed away surrounded by his loving family, peacefully at age 34, after a heroic battle with ALS.

Pete was an inspiration to so many people around the world who drew strength from his courage and resiliency.

A natural born leader and the ultimate teammate, Pete was a role model for all, especially young athletes, who looked up to him for his bravery and unwavering positive spirit in the face of adversity. He was a noble fighter who inspired us all to use our talents and strengths in the service of others.

Remarkably, Pete never complained about his illness. Instead, he saw it as an opportunity to give hope to other patients and their families. In his lifetime, he was determined to change the trajectory of a disease that had no treatment or cure. As a result, through his determination—along with his faithful supporters, Team Frate Train—he championed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In August of 2014, the historic movement pioneered social media fundraising and garnered donations globally that resulted in better access to ALS care, genetic discoveries, treatments and, someday, a cure. He was a beacon of hope for all.

On behalf of Julie, Lucy, John, Nancy, Jennifer and Andrew, along with his extended family and multitude of friends, we ask that you celebrate Pete and the hope that he has given to so many by following his daily affirmation: Be passionate, be genuine, be hardworking and don’t ever be afraid to be great.

As we prepare to lay Pete to rest, we ask that you respect our privacy while we mourn his loss. For those who would like to extend an expression of sympathy, please consider making a donation to the Peter Frates Family Foundation, 21 Landers Drive, Beverly, MA 01915 or online at petefrates.com/donate. Pete’s foundation’s mission is to aid progressed ALS patients in their desire to stay at home with those who love them most.

Pete’s funeral Mass will be held at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish, located at 28 Commonwealth Ave. in Chestnut Hill, Mass., alongside the campus of his beloved alma mater, Boston College. The date and time of the service will be announced as soon as it is finalized. A celebration of his life will be held on the North Shore of Boston at a later date.

The Frates family wishes to express its sincere gratitude for the abundant love, kindness, and support we have been the recipients of during the past eight years.


May 2003: Graduates from St. John’s Prep, Danvers, Mass.
May 2007: Graduates from Boston College with a degree in communication.
March 2012: Named director of baseball operations for Boston College baseball.
March 2012: Diagnosed with ALS at age 27.
June 1, 2013: Marries Julie Frates (nee Kowalik).
August 2014: Ice Bucket Challenge raises more than $220 million for ALS research.
August 31, 2014: Lucy Frates born.
December 2014: Nominated along with fellow ALS warrior Pat Quinn for “Person of the Year” by Time magazine.
2014: Co-recipient of Sports Illustrated’s Inspiration of the Year honor.
2014: ESPN SportsCenter’s “Pete’s Challenge” is nominated for an Emmy (produced by Drew Gallagher BC ’99).
March 3, 2015: BC Baseball and Boston Red Sox wear No. 3 in Pete’s honor at the annual spring training game Ft. Myers, Fla.
April 13, 2015: Red Sox sign Pete to an honorary contract on Opening Day.
2016: Pete’s No. 3 jersey retired by BC Baseball & St. John’s Prep.
2016: St. John’s Prep baseball field dedicated as “Pete Frates ’03 Diamond”
2016: Endicott College (Beverly, Mass.) opens Pete Frates Hall.
2017: NCAA Inspiration of the Year Award.
June 2017: Frates family donates the bucket used for Pete’s own Ice Bucket Challenge, along with memorabilia from his playing days at BC, for a display in the Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown, N.Y.).
Sept. 5, 2017: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh declares Pete Frates Day in Boston at a ceremony outside City Hall.
Sept. 5, 2017: The Ice Bucket Challenge biography is released.
Dec. 2018: Netflix announces production based on biography.
June 26, 2019: Boston College announces that Phase II of the Harrington Athletics Village will be named the Pete Frates Center.
Sept. 6, 2019: The Boston Red Sox present Pete with a custom 2018 World Series ring.

Merchants-Alibrandis, Chiefs-Blue Sox Start Semifinals Tonight

Both of the Intercity League’s semifinal series will begin tonight.(Wednesday)

The #3 Wakefield Merchants and #2 Alibrandis will begin their best of three series at Victory Field in Watertown starting at 7:30 PM. Game two will be played on Thursday at Morelli Field in Melrose at 7:30 PM. If a game three is required, it will be contested back at Victory Field on Friday at 7:30 PM.

Wakefield reached the semifinal by beating the Malden Madoogs two games to none in the first round. Alibrandis earned a first round bye with their second place finish in the regular season.

No introductions will be required in Lexington when the number #5 Chiefs and #1 Blue Sox meet at 7:45 PM. The Chiefs and Blue Sox have met in the ICL Championship Round seven times in the past ten years. Game two will be played on Thursday at Pine Banks located on the Malden/Melrose line at 7:45 PM. A potential game three would be in Lexington on Friday at 7:45 PM.

The Chiefs got to the semifinal round by sweeping the Reading Bulldogs. The Blue Sox won the regular season pennant and received a first round bye.

The winners of these series will meet in the best of five championship round. All games in the championship series will be played at Morelli Field in Melrose.

Blue Sox & Chiefs in Thursday Win Column

The Blue Sox scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to come from behind and beat the Wakefield Merchants 5-4 in Lexington. Ross Curley reached on a fielders choice to bring home Anderson Jimenez with the tying run before Curley scored the winning run on an error. Bill Christopher (1-0) got the win and Manny Delcarmen recorded his fifth save. Joseph Maguire (4-3) took the loss. Jake Nardone drove in two of the Merchants runs.

In Melrose, Central Catholic rookies Jack Anthony and Nick Remy (1-0) combined on a six-hitter when the Andre Chiefs beat the Americans 3-1 in eight innings. Anthony went the first six innings while Remy struck out four batters over the last two frames to pick up his first win. Nate Witkowski led the Chiefs offense with a couple of doubles. Charlies Huegi had two hits as well as the Americans’ RBI. Nick Colucci (0-2) took the loss in relief of Mike Peters and Chris Mitchell.

The Americans visit the Malden Maddogs at 7:45 PM at Maplewood and Blue Sox entertain the Chiefs in Lexington in the two ICL games on the Friday night schedule.

This one’s for Dave

Lexington wins 12th ICL Championship By Bruce Hack Lexington Blue Sox Media Relations Director   Melrose – Determined to win for their stricken Blue Sox brother and teammate, Dave Ahern, Lexington held on for a hard-fought 5-4 win and a sweep of the Andre Chiefs for its 12th Intercity League Championship in 22 seasons. For […]

Blue Sox Edge Reds & Bulldogs Beat Chiefs to Put Both Series at 2-1

Blue Sox 3, Reds 2
Matt Karis pitched five strong innings to record the win when the Lexington Blue Sox edged the Watertown Reds 3-2 at Victory Field on Tuesday night. With the win, Lexington takes a 2-1 lead in the series.

Dan Graham and Jeff Vigurs both had RBI singles and Dave Ahern scored the game winning run on a wild pitch.

Borja  Jones-Berasaluce worked a scoreless sixth and Jeff Blount blanked the Reds in the seventh to get the save.

Dan Chaisson, with a solo homer, and Kyle LaVigne, drove in the Reds’ runs.

Jonathan Bishop went all seven innings for Watertown and struck out five.

Bulldogs 5, Chiefs 2
The Reading Bulldogs used some sparkling defense, and got six solid innings from Wayne Lundgren, to beat the Andre Chiefs in Game Three, 5-2. The Chiefs lead the series 2-1.

Steve Busby had a 3 for 3 evening, and along with Darren Hartwell, turned in several outstanding plays in the outfield. Kyle Devin, Chris Bosco, Johnny Hayes, Mike Taylor, and Busby, all drove in a run for Reading.

Juan Portes provided all the scoring for the Chiefs with a two run homer in the bottom of third inning.

Sam Kasten went the distance for the Chiefs and struck out nine batters.

It’s on to Game Four for both series on Wednesday night.

The Chiefs and Bulldogs meet at Morelli Field in Melrose and the Reds and Blue Sox get together at Lexington High with both games starting at 8;00 PM.





Dan Cha