November 14, 2018

Harry Mutter - Army War Veteran, Athlete, Prolific Volunteer to be Honored

Harry Mutter Athletic Complex Dedication is September 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Agawam Fields Site on Pawtucket Avenue

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On Saturday September 22nd at 10:00 a.m., the City of East Providence will formally dedicate the Harry C. Mutter. Jr. Athletic Complex at the Agawam Field site on Pawtucket Avenue. The late Harry Mutter, EPHS 1962 graduate, is the retired Director of Facilities for the East Providence School Dept. Inducted into the EPHS Hall of Fame in 2015, Mutter was a tireless volunteer for the community especially youth athletics. "If he wasn’t at home he was at an athletic event announcing games, selling tickets and supporting Townies everywhere he went," said EPHS Hall of Fame Chairman Bob Rodericks.

Harry was a long time member of the East Providence Community & Teacher’s Credit Union Board of Directors and has served annually as treasurer and volunteer for the East Providence Heritage Days Committee. Mutter was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Harry was a scorer for men’s basketball and football at Brown University. He was also a scorer for men’s basketball at Johnson & Wales University. Harry was an official and referee for CYO basketball. He was also a longtime school basketball referee in R.I.

Harry was a standout athlete at East Providence High School and a member of the school's 1961-1962 Rhode Island State Championship basketball team. He was also a 2nd team all-state selection for Townie baseball. For more than 30 years, Harry was one of the region's best softball players. He played on several state and New England championship teams, most notably Conti Brothers, Taylor Brothers, The Hustlers and Bovi’s Tavern. One of the nation's most prolific homerun hitters in men's softball, he hit over 1,000 homeruns and was also an outstanding fielder.

Harry was named to the All World Softball Team. In 1997, Mutter was inducted into the U.S.S.S.A. New England Hall of Fame. On most evenings Harry could be found in the gymnasium at East Providence High School or at Pierce Stadium watching or scoring athletic events. "Harry was a tireless volunteer for our community," said EPHS Athletic Director Gregg Amore. "Harry personified Townie Pride just about every day of his life," added Amore. Harry was the husband of Patricia A. (Cabral) McKinnon.

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