When Medford takes the field opening night against host Revere, it will be without a longtime staple of Mustang football.
Anthony “Tony” Lucci, a living symbol of Medford athletics for decades, passed away on June 17 at the age of 88. He supported, among many other things, the Mustang football program for decades. Now the Mustangs will support his memory this upcoming season with stickers on their helmets that bear Lucci's initials.
“We are going to dedicate the season to him,” said coach Rico Dello Iacono. “He is a catalyst as to why I am at Medford High School.”
Dello Iacono isn't alone – Lucci has been a catalyst for countless people being places. More than just the owner of (locally) iconic Medford Square Sporting Goods, Lucci was actively involved in making the area a better place through his genuine kindness and generosity.
“He was always a contributor to the Medford Mustang (M) Club, as well as a big contributor to the E (Everett) Club,” Assistant Superintendent of Everett Schools Charles Obremski said of his grandfather-in-law.
“If he could help a young athlete who came (into his store) and didn't have enough money or needed a little help getting into college, he helped them get their foot in the door,” Obremski said.
At Everett, Lucci captained the 1935 football team before continuing to Fordham College. His freshman coach at Fordham? Vince Lombardi.
For a long time, Lucci supplied major colleges such as BC, BU, and Notre Dame with sporting equipment, as well as the New England Patriots. Along the way, he also supplied and supported local Little League teams.
“He was very generous and gave a lot of donations,” said his daughter, Patricia Bagarella. “He was a great man.”
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