After preparing at Milford High School and Cushing Academy in Massachusetts, Barney Marcus as a Bates College three-sporter ranks high among collegiate athletes this state has developed.
The sizable and speedy halfback topped off his third straight football All-State selection (captain of the '36 Maine Sunday Telegram all-team captain) by being named to the Boston Herald's AlI-New England team as well as Little All-America designation.
Barney scored 79 points that senior season, capped by a four-touchdown performance in his finale against Colby.
He turned down contract offers to play for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants in the NFL in favor of a career in dentistry.
Centerfielder for Milford, Mass., High's 1932 Massachusetts state baseball champions, it was only natural that Marcus also starred in bates baseball as well.
He posted a .350 batting average, his speed also a factor on the basepaths and afield. His power was manifested in his feat of belting five home runs in three games against Colby, Bowdoin and Maine.
Between fall and spring, Marcus bolstered Bates track as he ran a leg on the Bobcats' relay team victorious in a three-year run in the K. of C. and B.A.A. Games in the Boston Garden.
During his tour at Harvard Dental School, Barney played two seasons with the Portland Sagamores, famed semi-pro football team.
After four years of Navy service in WWII, Barney had the option of practicing dentistry in Massachusetts or Maine.
Feeling "strongly about the great people and great associations I had made at Bates - I chose Maine (and Auburn, just across the river)," said Marcus.
A Twin Cities pride long since, Barney is a inductee in the Lewiston- Auburn Sports Hall of Fame.
Marcus resides in Auburn with wife, Clara; they have 4 daughters, Carla Marcus, Gerry Marcus, Patti Marcus, and Paula Marcus-Platz.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 2
Cumberland, ME 04021
Phone (207) 807-7666
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.