Inducted in 1978
Daniel MacFayden
Born on June 10, 1905 in North Truro, MA
Education:
Somerville High School, MA, 1925

Born in North Truro, Massachusetts, June 10, 1905. Educated in the public schools of Somerville, Massachusetts, was one of the great schoolboy athletes of his time in baseball, hockey, and football. His baseball record at Somerville High School, from which he graduated in 1925, has never been equalled. With his close friend, and another great Somerville athlete, Eddie Jeremiah, he entered Hebron Academy in the fall of 1926 with Darmouth College his ultimate academic goal. Scouts from both majorleagues terminated his matriculation at Hebron following a brief stay when he signed during his first year's matriculation with the Boston Red Sox. He never played in the Minor leagues. He could have signed  a hockey contract with the Boston Bruins, but chose baseball instead. His seventeen years in the majors produced 133 wins and 159 defeats, playing six years with the Red Sox, three years with the New York Yankees, one year with the Cincinnati Reds, four years with the Boston Braves, and two years with the Pittsburgh Pirates, before retiring from the game after one year with the Boston Bees in 1941. Followed a return to Hebron as baseball and hockey coach. With Hebron closed during the World War II years, Danny became coach of baseball and hockey at Vermont Academy until 1946. Appointed head coach of his two favorite sports at Bowdoin College in that same year, remaining with hockey for fifteen years before giving it up to become Director of the new Bowdoin Ice Arena. Continued with his baseball coaching for a total of twenty-five years during which his teams won 176 games and lost 168, which included six State Championships, and two ties. Retired in 1970. His book "Baseball at Bowdoin" received two publications. He was elected to the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame. His greatest thrill in baseball was striking out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Toni Lazzari with the bases loaded, and winning the game for the Boston Red Sox.

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