Bob Rulli was a genuine two-sport star for Bartlett High School, in a noteworthy career that spanned three seasons in the early 1960s.
He was known as “six feet of fun, likeable wit, a jovial boy, not one to quit” around the school, according to the 1964 edition of The Chronicle Yearbook.
Bob received three letters for playing varsity basketball and baseball. He served as basketball team captain in his senior year.
In basketball, he was the leading scorer and rebounder in both his junior and senior years.
His baseball exploits including being named team MVP in his senior year when he batter .415 as the squad’s leading hitter. During that season he registered 35 RBIs, six home runs, and had 34 hits. When not playing third base, Bob took to the mound where he compiled a 10-2 record in his senior year. Included were wins over St. John’s and Shrewsbury High School, and Pittsfield in the Western Massachusetts playoffs. Another pitching highlight of that year occurred when he struck out 20 batters against Milford.
Bob was class president for three years, president of the Senior Student Council, and a member of the Senior Choir for four years.
While at Nichols College he received the Trustees Trophy for Overall 4-Year Achievement, was named in Who’s Who in American Colleges, received an Excellence in Baseball Award, starred on the basketball court, and was inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980.
Bob is a Vietnam veteran who received the Gallant Cross Award.
He is the owner of Bob Rulli’s Consignment House.
He and his wife Pauline live in Dudley. They have two sons, Jason, 33 and Jaime, 31 and one grandson, Tyler, 10.