Jimmy Fitzpatrick - the athlete is a true legend. A standout in all seasons four years at Boston College, he led that team to back to back victories over Yale. His pitching prowess at college and at such Maine sites as Millinocket, Guilford, and Belfast with the semi-pros; Bayside Park with the Portland entry gained him entry in the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame. His best known mound feat was in holding the mighty Babe Ruth hitless - getting him twice on strikes. "Fitzy" also humbled another immortal by defeating the great Jim Thorpe in an all-round kicking contest at Canton, Ohio.
A three sports star at Boston College, he spurned professional baseball offers and came to Portland as football, basketball and baseball coach in the fall of 1921.
He held the Blue right up there for 16 years, then dropping two and keeping basketball while becoming athletic director, he chalked up hoop honors in ten more years of coaching. His basketball teams posted a 265-110 record and won seven Western Maine championships.
His football clubs registered a 79-41-13 mark, including two unbeaten seasons and two state titles. In baseball, he coached his teams to over 100 wins and two Telegram League titles.
Jimmy Fitzpatrick, now 85 years old, will continue to be remembered for his fatherly interest in his players and for his outstanding sportsmanship.
Jim is married to the former Margaret Mary Hackett of Portland. They have a daughter, Margaret Furbush, and a son, James, deceased.
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.