Latreille & Fisher Earn Vermont Sports Hall Of Fame Nods
September 9, 2013
The Vermont Sports Hall of Fame announced its second class of inductees on Monday, September 9th at historic Centennial Field. Among those inductees were former Middlebury College athletes Phil Latreille ’61 and Ray Fisher '10.
The second annual Vermont Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Celebration will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington. Tickets will be available to the public. For information on the Hall, the inductees and the induction, log on to www.vermontsportshall.com.
Ray Fisher, Middlebury, baseball: A baseball and football star at Middlebury High School, Fisher excelled in football, basketball, baseball and track at Middlebury College before embarking on a 10-year major league career. After retirement as an athlete, he had a legendary coaching career at the University of Michigan.
After Middlebury High School, he turned down football scholarship offers from UVM and Wesleyan to stay home to attend Middlebury College. In college he played football, basketball, baseball and set the school's shot put record. He pitched and played third base for the Panthers, striking out 18 Colgate hitters in his first start on the mound in 1907. He signed a pro contract the summer after his sophomore year at Middlebury in 1908 but returned to school in the offseason and earned his degree in 1910.
Fisher became the first Middlebury College alum to reach the big leagues in 1910, one of just two in school history. He eventually pitched 10 years in the majors with the New York Highlanders (Yankees) and the Cincinnati Reds, with whom he won a World Series in 1919. He finished with a record of 100-94 with a 2.82 earned run average, and was among the league leaders in ERA in three of his 10 seasons.
After his pro career, Fisher coached at the University of Michigan for 37 years, winning the school's first NCAA College World Series crown in 1953. He is a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and the U. Michigan Hall of Honor.
Phil Latreille, Middlebury College, hockey. In the history of U.S. college ice hockey, no player in any division has scored more goals in a game, in a season, or in a career than Middlebury College’s Phil Latreille. He also was the first Vermont collegiate player to skate in the National Hockey League.
Between 1957 and 1961, the burly right-winger from Montreal scored an astounding 250 goals — a total that included 10 tallies in a game and 80 goals during his senior year when he paced the Panthers to a 19-2 record against the likes of Princeton, Army, and Yale. Even though he wrapped up his career more than 50 years ago, Latreille still holds seven NCAA individual scoring records including most points per game in a season (5.14) and in a career (4.07), and most goals per game in a season (3.81) and a career (2.94).
From the first day he stepped on the ice for Middlebury (two goals and three assists vs. Bowdoin) until his final home game for the blue and white (seven goals in a 17-3 drubbing of Dartmouth), Latreille was a fan favorite known signing autographs and skating with kids.
A first-team Division I All-American in 1960 and 1961, he later played four games with the New York Rangers of the NHL and had a stint in the minor leagues.
After his playing days, Latreille enjoyed a successful career in business, and, with his late wife Eileen, raised three sons.