Irving "Shorty" Folsworth, natively named Folwartshny 'til his early adult years, probably accumulated more championships than any other among Maine's illustrious weight throwers.
The 6'6" and eventual 240-pounder was National hammer-throw three straight years for the University of Rhode Island under the sage tutelage of Maine's only Olympic champion and previous Maine Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Fred Tootell.
Shorty reached 178' 9-3/4" his final year, 1938. He was also collegiate 35-pound weight champion in '37 and '38 after setting a world record with a 58'1-1/2" toss in 1936 for the first of three straight National AAU titles.
He was National AAU hammer champion in '37 and '38 and, competing for the New York A.C., again in '46. His last year of competition was '47.
He was a member of U.S. college teams touring Germany in '38 and Japan in '37. He set a Japanese hammer record of 173'10".
He was named to a mythical U.S. Olympic team had the Games not been scrubbed by WW II in 1944.
Shorty also won numerous New York Metropolitan, State, and New England honors - including shot put and discus stints, starting with his Deering High exploits as he followed fellow '81 Hall inductee Don Favor.
Shorty's Southwestern Maine indoor shot put record of 50'1-5/8" lasted 17 years.
Member of the University of Rhode Island Hall of Fame, Shorty served as construction engineer on submarine projects in conjunction with the U.S. Navy's Underwater Sound Laboratory.
He was also sales engineer and vice president of Grinding Inc. in Windsor, CT, specializing in abrasives prior to his retirement to Florida.
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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.