Bowdoin College three-sport ace in the latter 30's - an All-American swimmer and later a Red Sox pitching farmhand - Harold (Bud) White was undefeated in dual competition throughout his schoolboy and collegiate career as a freestyle sprinter.
Bud set state interscholastic records at 40, 50 and 100 yards, was a three-time all-stater, twice named the state's top merman and made All-American at 50 yards his senior season of 1935 at Edward Little. He was also a standout pitcher.
He won nine varsity letters and gained the "Circle-B", signifying national recognition as the college's first All-American swimmer - at 50 and 100 yards in 1938.
White was New England champion and record holder at 50-60-100 yards in 1937-'38-'39 and the outstanding N.E. swimmer in '38.
In Bowdoin baseball,' White lettered four years. He was an all-state pitcher in '38 and '39 and played on two state series title teams, '36 and '38.
He also lettered in the javelin for Jack Magee's '38 and '39 track teams. With little or no practice, Bud hurled the spear 186 feet 1-1/2 inches to win the '38 state meet.
White's fireball pitching and impressive physique attracted the Red Sox and he posted a 38-19 record for three years in Boston's farm system.
His best mark, 21-6 with Class B Oneonta in 1941, earned him a contract with Boston's Louisville farm club (Triple-A) and seemingly ultimate Fenway Park destination.
But four years of World War II army service followed instead. And Bud never got back to the diamond - save as baseball coach and athletic director at Thornton Academy, 1946-'52, where he updated the venerable Saco school's sports records and annals as a major contribution.
Sons Harold (Bud), Jr. (football-baseball-swimming) and Jim (swimming and golf) also starred for Edward Little High, young Bud carrying on at Rutgers University and two seasons in the Baltimore Orioles' chain before - as with dad - army induction ended his diamond career.
Married to the former Helen Toomey, Belmont, MA, they have two sons, Harold III, James M., and a daughter, Marilyn.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
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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.