Al Suss was voted best male athlete by his 1937 Bartlett High School classmates for starting in football and baseball.
In football, he was a shifty running back and an excellent blocker.
In baseball, he played on the varsity team for four years, batting well over .400 his last three seasons. He captained the 1937 team to a 14-4 record, and was named by Coach George Finnegan to his all-time baseball team as an infielder.
While at Bartlett, Al was active with the yearbook production and with the Sportsmanship Brotherhood.
After graduation, Al Suss had some memorable moments in professional and semi-professional baseball.
During the summers of 1937-40, he played in the Canadian League for the Quebec Senators and for Montpelier in the Northern League. He made two all-star teams in those years, drawing interest form three Major League teams; the Boston Bees, Chicago Cubs, and New York Yankees.
In 1942, he played for the All-Rhode Island team that went to the national semi-pro tournament in Wichita, Kansas. Each state was represented, as well as many military bases with Major League players on the rosters, including Hank Greenberg and Ralph Houk. Al was one of 16 All American players selected for batting .429 in nine games.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1945. He saw considerable action on the Italian Front and, for gallantry before the war was over, Al received the Bronze Star.
In 1946 he went to work for the Norton Company in Worcester, where he was also a standout on the company’s baseball team, and retired at age 65. Al died in 1999.