Inducted in 1978
Rupert Johnson
Born on November 30, -0001 in

When Rupert Gordon Johnson died in Portland on January 23rd, 1974, a void was created in schoolboy sports, and the educational field, which may never be replaced. A legend even as he lived, his influence, from the classroom and the competitive athletic arena, was to enrich the lives not only of his students and their parents, but of entire communities. From an illustrious student-athletic career at Bowdoin College which ended in 1924, until his retirement in 1965, the success of "Rupe" Johnson and his South Portland, Standish, and Bonny Eagle High School basketball and baseball teams was phenomenal. Statistically, his Standish High School teams won twenty conference championships, three Western Maine Class S crowns, and one State Championship basketball titles. In baseball, it was three hundred eighty four victories against ninety losses for a percentage of .810, a record which has never been duplicated, or soon will be. This "Mr. Baseball" of the interscholastic ranks was a most active member of the State Principals Association for thirty-two years and pioneered much of its regualtory legislation. From his home farm in Brownfield, Maine, was sawed many billetts of fine ash wood, which were stacked and air dried for two years before being turned into any model baseball bat the player might fance. This "hobby" produced over a thousand bats annually, many of which found their way to the major league ball parks around the country. The world is a better place for having had the success of "Rupe" Johnson.

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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.

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