|Title:||Class of 1987|
Richard Converse participated in five different sports while he was at WPI. As a freshman, he made a name for himself on the football field as an outstanding left half back. His reputation for exciting broken-field runs grew with every game. He was also a standout on the track team, participating in low hurdles, broad jump, and the javelin throw. His dedication and enthusiasm earned him a letter in both sports and the honor of being the only freshman elected to the WPI Athletic Association, serving as secretary in 1926. His outstanding athletic performance merited his winning the Skull trophy, a prestigious award for any student.
As a sophomore, he exceeded his own records and expectations on the gridiron. In October, against Massachusetts Agricultural College, he had an incredible 85-yard run for the first touchdown of the game. Classmate Joe Guidi followed suit with a 75-yard run for another touchdown. The backfield team of Converse and Guidi was instantly dubbed the "Tech Twins." In the last game of the 1925 season, he wowed the crowd with a third quarter reception on Tech's own 4-yard line and ran it back for the first of his two touchdowns in a 15-7 victory. The Boston Herald named him to its first All-New England team, lauding him as "undoubtedly the best back in the group," adding that he ranked "beyond all question with the best of them."
In that same year he also played on the basketball and baseball teams, earning a letter in baseball for his performance on third base. In the fall of 1927, the Tech Twins served as co-captains of the football team, rounding out a four-year partnership on the field.
WPI is honored to induct posthumously an athlete of the caliber of Richard Converse into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.