Edward Barry (1941-1942)
Ed Barry played for two good Marblehead teams. in 1941, under second-year coach George Moriarty, MHS finished second in the North-eastern Conference.
In 1942, still under coach Moriarty, Marblehead had an unbeaten 9--0-2 season and shared the Northeastern Conference championship with Swampscott. In Marblehead's early season 20-0 win over Amesbury in 1941 Barry ran 56 yards for a touchdown. Later in the game, he passed to Foster Shepard for a conversion. In post-game comments the Salem Evening News stated, "Ed Barry in the backfield would not go begging for a job on any North Shore outfit. Barry's passing, punting, and running place him in a class by himself." In a 21-7 win over Newburyport, Marblehead's first touchdown resulted from a pass from Barry to Bob Hamond. That year Marblehead defeated Swampscott 26-6 with one touchdown the result of a Barry 60-yard pass to Dan Sullivan.
The 1942 season was Barry's big year. He scored 11 touchdowns for 66 points. Marblehead attracted the attention of North Shore fans when it downed Peabody 20-0. That year Marblehead defeated Lynn Classical 13-0. On the first touchdown, Chipper Chapman started what appeared to be an end run, but passed to Barry who ran the remaining 50 yards to score. Barry also figured in Marblehead's other touchdown after he intercepted a pass late in the third period and then later passed to Chapman for the team's second touchdown. Marblehead was a 20-7 winner over Salem in 1942. On a play which began on the Marblehead 41, Chapman threw a pass intended for Charlie "Bud" Kelley. The ball went through Kelley's hands. It was then deflected by a Salem player into the arms of Barry at the Salem 30. Barry carried the ball 59 yards in for the second touchdown. In Marblehead's 26-6 win at Newburyport, Barry scored the first touchdown on a 75-yard pass interception. He also scored the second touchdown, going around his own right end for 28 yards. Marblehead shut out Danvers 20-0 that year. Barry ran in from the Danvers 8 to score, ending a Marblehead march following the opening kickoff. In the third period, he ran around his own left end for 36 yards for the third score. Following Marblehead's 13-6 win over Beverly in 1942, the Salem Evening News stated, "Chipper Chapman and Neddo Barry staged their weekly Damon and Pythias act to lead the Magic Makers in their eighth win." Following a Marblehead recovery of a Beverly fumble at the Beverly 31 late in the first period, Barry took a pass from Chapman at the Beverly 5 and later went in from the 1-yard line to score. Barry ended a 60-yard Marblehead march in the second period by scoring from the Beverly 10. In Marblehead's 13-0 win over Saugus Barry caught a pass from Chapman on the Saugus 40 in the second period and scored on a play that was good for 75 yards. Marblehead and Swampscott played to a 7-7 tie at Blocksidge Field that year on a Saturday afternoon. The game had been postponed from Thanksgiving Day due to poor weather. Swampscott took a 7-0 lead in the third period, but Barry ended a 77-yard 17-play march late in the game by running a short distance to score.
Ed Barry entered the U.S. Marine Corps in WW II upon graduation from MHS. He became a sales representative with the H.B. Fuller Corporation.