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Ulysses John Lupien

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Tony Lupien, a graduate of Harvard University, played six seasons in the majors. He was a regular during four of those six seasons.

Lupien had an unusual wartime and post-wartime experience. He played major league ball during World War II in 1942-44 and then served in the military for six months in 1945 before coming back to play a few games in 1945 for the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies sold him to Hollywood for 1946, but Lupien challenged the Phillies, saying that the G.I. Bill of Rights guaranteed him the right as a returning veteran to have the same employment for at least a year that he had before his service. Tony apparently couldn't afford to fight the case in court, so he gave in and played for Hollywood in 1946-47 before coming back to the majors in 1948. However, he counseled Al Niemiec, who did file suit and won the case, which allowed for payments to hundreds of former major and minor league ballplayers. Source: Baseball's Pivotal Era: 1945-51.

Lupien played minor league baseball as late at 1955, with the last several years as a player-manager.

Lupien was the head coach at Dartmouth College from 1957 to 1977. He also coached basketball for a time.

SABR has a biography of Lupien. He was a three-sport star in high school, and while at Harvard he also played semi-pro ball during the summers. Although his given name was Ulysses, and his nickname "Cookie", he acquired the name "Tony" when Scranton wanted to field an all-Italian infield for an Italian night, and Lupien said to call him Tony. He got his chance to play regularly with the Boston Red Sox when Jimmie Foxx was traded.

Tony is the only MLB player who was born in Chelmsford MA.

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