Art Sager, who had his fleeting Olympic javelin moments in 1928, has been a lasting legend in Bates College and Governor Dummer Academy sports affairs as well as in corporate America, to this day.
An all-round athlete at Gardiner High and Bates, "accidentally" took up the javelin event his senior year at Bates when he needed another phys-ed credit to graduate.
Possessed of a natural baseball arm, he quickly set a State meet record of 182-9 and won the New England title at 189-10.
Two years later, he decided to try out for the 1928 Olympics.
Sager set an American and Olympic record of 209-6, subsequently surpassed in the same trials, as he earned a place on the U.S. team in Amsterdam.
In the Games, he came in eighth at 210 feet. His career best, 215.
But the pride and thrill of representing his country in the international event stayed with him to the present. He became chairman of the New England Olympians and he is currently, at age 87, chairman emeritus.
Back in the states Sager coached track and football at Sanford High School for four years before launching a distinguished 29-year career as football and track coach at Governor Dummer, plus other roles.
In addition to guiding and inspiring hundreds of student athletes, Art started the school's first glee club -- a lasting GDA institution at the South Byfield, Mass., school.
Further installing himself as the linchpin of undergraduate and graduate loyalty was Sager's accrued function as unofficial dean of the storied prep school.
Then, long before his Governor Dummer tenure ended, Art decided that as a proven natural communicator he could pass along proper speaking techniques and psychology to the non-academic world.
Starting alone but later with a colleague in Arthur Sager Associates, over more than 35 years via seminars and two publications, Sager taught more than 300 presidents of major corporations and 30,000 people in 26 states and 14 foreign countries.
A man that sportsdom can be especially proud of for casting abroad its brightest image.
Sager and his wife Frieda live in Homosassa, Florida. Sager has 3 daughters, Jean, Eleanor and Perry. Frieda has a son, John Dumas and a daughter Susan Benson.
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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.