By Kevin Eickman
Ronnie “Chic” Wyatt is a 1959 graduate of Milford High School. While attending Milford, Wyatt was a two way starter for the Buccaneers, he was the starting center on offense and starting linebacker on defense. In his senior season, Wyatt earned little time off as he played every minute of every game that season. “It was just something I had to do, being on the field for every play was something that was very special to me,” Wyatt stated.
Wyatt played in the first night game in Milford history, at the old High School that eventually became the recently closed middle school. “It was really something special to be able to play under the lights, it was something that wasn’t very common back then,” Wyatt commented. “Being part of that first night game is something I take pride in.”
In addition to football, Wyatt lettered three years in baseball, where he excelled as a catcher. He also participated one year in track and field where he threw the shot put. Young also wrestled for one year and while inexperienced he still managed to make it to the State semi-finals. “Wrestling wasn’t very big down here, and I really only had about six or seven matches prior to the tournament, the fact I did so well in it was a thrill,” Wyatt stated.
Following his Graduation from Milford, Wyatt served in the U.S. Navy aboard destroyers, sailing throughout much of the far east. Wyatt spent time working for DuPont Nylon as well, before making his career in the insurance field.
Wyatt remand active in youth sports later in life as he was president of Milford Little League for several years. He also coached eight years for 5th and 6th graders in the Newark C.Y.O. He is described as the “Glove Doctor of Delaware” with a demonstrated talent for repairing and reconditioning baseball gloves.
Talking with Wyatt about being named to the Hall of Fame, he expressed that he was quite honored with being thought of so highly. In a recent trip to Milford, Wyatt had an opportunity to travel to the stadium and look at the Hall of Fame wall. “It really hit me as to what an honor this is, looking at the names on the wall it is humbling to be part of such a special group,” Wyatt said. “It is honestly something I never expected, it’s just wonderful.”
Wyatt lives in Newark with his wife Cheryl. His son David is married to his wife Alex, they have two children Jake and Leah.