Born in Lagrange, Maine, but educated in the public schools of Bangor, Earl Heal became one of this State's most versatile, all time, great, all around athletes. Beginning as a freshman, he played varsity football, baseball, basketball, and track throughout four spectacular years at Bangor High School. Following graduation, he turned down many college offers preferring the professional levels of baseball and basketball. The Boston Red Sox, the Philadelphia Athletics and other major league baseball clubs sought his services. Earl Heal was Maine's first in professional basketball, beginning with the Queen City Five, the Bangor A.A., and his own Earl Heal Five, which established a record of twenty-eight consecutive wins and captured the New England Championship in 1919-'20. As a regular he made the Boston Whirlwinds and, for ten consecutive years, played against the best the Nation had to offer, including the original New York Celtics. He finished his basketball career in 1928 at Portsmouth, New Hampshire playing against the immortal Jim Thorp, whom Heal eulogizes as the greatest all-around athlete of all time. Always interested in law enforcement, Earl was a member of the Bangor Police Department from 1930 until his retirement in 1957, when he was appointed to the Penobscot County Sheriff's Department.
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.