named in honor of
Rogers’ baseball player
Newport, RI - As the Rogers
High School baseball team closes in on a division championship
this week; one of its leaders is going to be singled out
for special recognition.
A Vikings’ senior will be the recipient of the
first Stephen Joseph Fougere Baseball Scholarship during
the school’s annual awards night Thursday at 7 p.m.
in the school auditorium.
The award is named for the late Steve Fougere Jr., on
outfielder on Rogers’ only state-champion team in
1971 and an all-state selection in 1972.
Fougere was a freshman at the University of Rhode Island
for just four weeks when he was killed in a car accident
in North Kingstown on Oct. 6, 1972.
As a senior, Fougere led Rogers in batting average (.348),
hits (16), RBIs (14) and home runs (3).
“He was a real talent,” said Ray Mey, now
an FBI agent in Utah who was a pitcher on the championship
team and grew up with Fougere when they played in the
Fifth Ward Little League before high school and American
Legion ball. “He stood out among other kids”
There were many kids in Newport in the 1960s, Mey can
count six siblings. Fougere had five.
Mey’s younger brother Steve, a 1975 Rogers graduate,
remembers Fougere’s presence at the plate. “He
was a very powerful player.” Steve Mey said about
Fougere, a 6-foot-1, 185 pounder. “He looked and
moved like a player. He had a full swing. When he got
to the plate and hit, he defied a baseball player. He
had so much going for him.”
Fougere’s death was deeply felt by the Mey family.
“My father was quite rocked by it” Steve May
said, “Steve practically lived in our house with
Walter Mey, Ray and Steve Mey’s father set up the
Stephen Joseph Fougere Award, which ran from 1972 –82.
“My father had seven kids all going to college during
that time,” Steve Mey said. “He didn’t
have the resources to continue it.”
Walter Mey died two years ago. Steve Mey, now an insurance
executive in Maryland, still has strong ties to the City-by-the-Sea.
He is director of the Mariner’s Memorial Foundation,
a non-profit organization that is funding the Fougere
scholarship, which is for $1000.
The Mariner’s Memorial Foundation raises money
by selling engravable granite bricks. They are placed
at the memorial on Ocean Drive, which is dedicated to
those who were drowned at sea, lost at sea or loved the
Fougere was an avid fisherman with his father, who is
retired from the state department of natural resources
and is recognized as one of the best angles in the state.
“He fished with his father on a daily basis,”
said Steve Mey, noting Fougere won awards in striped bass
tournaments. “His father taught him well.”
There is a Daily News Photo of the Fougeres in the July
19, 1971 edition showing them weighing in six stripers
after a night off of Ocean Drive. The fish ranged from
26 pounds to 39 pounds twelve ounces.
Fougere was in the marine sciences program at the URI.
The Mariners Memorial Foundation plans to create a scholarship
for a Rogers student interested in the marine sciences.
Steve Mey’s goal is to have at least a half-dozen
college scholarships set up for other worth recipients
from Rogers. They will be selected based on their financial
need, high grade-point average and intent to further their
education in college.
“It’s all the money we take in, all the granite
we sell out on Ocean Drive,” Steve Mey said. “We
invest it and take the interest. This is the first year.”
And definitely not the last for the Fougere scholarship.
“I’m just continuing what my father did,
and I’m going to keep this going,” Steve May
said. “I’ll set it up so it lasts at leas
10 years past my death.”
As long as we have the money coming in for these scholarships,
that’s where it’s going to go.”
In continuing in the tradition of his father in giving
back to his community, Steve Mey received a big helping
hand from another Newporter whose brother’s name
once graced A Rogers trophy.
The Larry Regan Scholarship was awarded in honor of a
former Vikings’ catcher who died in his 30s cancer.
Ray Mey was the recipient in 1971, Fougere in 1972.
“I think Steve was the last one to get it before
the money ran out,” Steve Mey said.
He learned about the demise of that award last week while
talking to Billy Regan, Leroy’s brother, about the
He also learned that Billy Regan would match the $1000.
“I did not expect that, “ Steve Mey said.
“That really floored me. That’s pretty nice
As a result, on deserving senior from what might be Rogers’
second state-title team will shake hands with Sever Mey
and be presented a check for $2000.
It will be handed to him by Stephen and Mary Fougere,
the parents of one of the most fondly remembered athletes
in Rogers’ history.
Rick McGowan, Daily News sports writer.