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Class of 1998
A rare three-sport DCL All-Star and two-time league MVP in baseball, Bob Barton was recognized as the male athlete of the year in the class of 1998 and went on to great success as a pitcher at the University of Connecticut.
Bob grew up in Carlisle, the son of former CCHS standout Bev Barooks Barton and
former Boston College standout Pitcher Bill Barton. Bob was four years behind older brother Chris, and followed in his older brother’s footsteps in sports while attending Carlisle public schools.
In the fall, Barton was a three-year starter at QB under head coach Dick Kerr, and was part of the rebirth of CCHS football in those years. The strong-armed Barton earned DCL All-Star honors as a senior, and graduated with over 2,000 passing yards.
Winter found Barton on the Hayes Gymnasium hardwood under the tutelage of long-time hoop coach John McNamara. A three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at guard, Barton captained the squad as a senior, earning All-DCL recognition and the prestigious James Hayes award in recognition of his leadership.
Baseball was where Barton established himself as one of the greats ever to wear the maroon and gold, as he started all four years as a shortstop and fireballing pitcher under head coach Joe Leone. His list of accomplishments is dizzying, as he was a three-time DCL All-Star and was recognized as the league’s MVP as a junior and senior. In addition, Barton was a two-time Eastern Massachusetts All-Star, captained a pair of Bay State Games squads and was a member of Team New England at the 1997 AAU National Championships. A rare two-time captain, Barton led the 1997 Patriot squad to the DCL title and a deep run in the state tournament.
“I grew up watching CCHS sports, and as a kid I always wondered what it would be like to play football, basketball, and baseball at CC,” said Barton. “I specifically remember attending Friday night football and basketball games seeing the crowds and lights wanting to play under those same conditions and going to baseball games knowing that it was something I would do one day. At CCHS the friendships I gained with teammates in all sports are ones that I remember and retain to this day. The long practices, the team success, and the individual accomplishments that followed are experiences that I continue to carry with me.”
Following graduation, Barton followed brother Chris to the University of Connecticut, where he earned the John Noske Scholarship on the mound for the Huskies. Barton ended his career with school records for appearances and saves, and is still in the top-10 in both categories as well as the top-10 for saves in a single season. The Big East Conference Pitcher of the Week for recording two saves in the same day of a double-header against University of West Virginia, Barton was also a UConn Student-Athletic Advisory Committee team representative.
Barton is a Senior Design Consultant at Constant Contact in Waltham. Recently married, he and wife Tracy live in Littleton.