1993 was a superlative year for South Portland's Billy Swift (call him Bill now, at age 32). The former star of South Portland High School and UMaine Orono teams was runner-up for the National League's Cy Young Award with a 21-8 record for the San Francisco Giants.
If the San Francisco Giants had kepy up their early and midseason form, the chances are good that South Portland's Bill Swift would be the National League's 1993 pitcher of the year.
He finished second in the balloting for the National League Cy Young Award, with 61 points to 119 for the Atlanta Braves' Greg Maddux. Swift's year was the best by a Maine pitcher in the major leagues in recent memory. He won 21 games, lost only 8, and had a 2.82 earned run average - fourth best in the National League.
He was also strong at the plate, with 21 hits in 80 at-bats, the most hits by a Giants pitcher in history.
Swift shared in the Giants' late season slump, going winless in seven starts between mid-August and mid-September, but came back to throw four beautiful wins, allowing only two earned runs in 32 innings.
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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.