Inducted in 2005
James Beattie
Born on July 4, 1954 in Hampton, Virginia
Education:
South Portland High School, 1971
Dartmouth College, 1975
University of Washington, MBA, 1989

When Jim Beattie resigned as general manager of the Montreal Expos after the 2001 season, he emphasized the move should not be interpreted as retirement, but rather as an opportunity to reenergize.

Beattie's absence from baseball was short. The following spring he accepted a position with Baltimore as executive vice president of baseball operations. Working with Mike Flanagan, their challenge was to reverse the record of a franchise in the throes of five consecutive losing seasons.

Success didn't come overnight. But concurrent with news of his induction into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, the Orioles have established themselves as strong contenders in the American League's Eastern Division.

Pushing boulders up steep mountains is familiar territory to Beattie, a right-handed pitcher with an excellent slider. After graduating from South Portland High School and Dartmouth College, Beattie was the New York Yankees' fourth-round selection (91st overall) in the 1975 amateur entry draft.

After four seasons and eight stops in the Yankees' chain, Beattie compiled a 26-17 record and was summoned to the Major League camp in the spring of 1978. There he won the James Dawson Award as the outstanding rookie.

Splitting his time before New York and Triple-A Tacoma, Beattie played a central role for the Yankees who whittled away at Boston's big lead and played their way into the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Beattie was 4-2 with a 2.68 ERA in the second half of the season. He defeated the Kansas City Royals in the opening game of the American League Championship Series and turned in a complete-game victory in game five of the World Series.

The following season Beattie pitched his first Major League shutout, stopping the Red Sox on four hits at Fenway Park. It was one of 3 wins against 6 losses and he was traded during the winter to the Seattle Mariners.

Beattie completed his Major League career after nine seasons with 52 wins and 87 losses. His lifetime earned run average was 4.10. In 1982 with Seattle, he put together a stretch of 19 consecutive scoreless innings.

A native of Virginia, Beattie began his climb to the big leagues in South Portland where he was an outstanding athlete at the high school and American Legion levels. He continued to star in basketball and baseball at Dartmouth.

Preparation was critical to Beattie's professional frame of reference. He was always looking ahead - to the next game - the next level - the next career. After his playing days came to and end in 1986, Beattie enrolled in the School of Business at the University of Washington.

After receiving his M.B.A. in 1989, Beattie rejoined the Mariners as the organization's director of player development. He spent six years overseeing the Mariners' minor league system, involved in player acquisition, contract negotiation and scouting.

The six-year stint with Montreal followed. Beattie then settled his 6-foot 6-inch presence into a chair in Baltimore's front office. It's a good fit.

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