Inducted in 2003
Charles Folsom
Born on June 14, 1932 in Millinocket, Maine
Education:
Stearns High School, 1951
Higgins Classical Institute, 1952
University of Maine Orono, 1956

Three-sport campaigner at Stearns High School with emphasis on baseball and basketball, Folsom helped Stearns win its first Eastern Maine basketball championship in 1949-50 as an All-Tournament selection.

Gus captained the University of Maine basketball team his senior year.

As first baseman-pitcher, Folsom set a Stearns baseball batting record of .429 as a senior.

Gus went on to captain the University of Maine and as a pitcher-outfielder and keyed the Black Bear team as State Series baseball champions.

Summers, Folsom played semi-pro baseball for the Emerson Pills. In 1955 Gus pitched two no-hitters, with his brother Lloyd (Luggie) as his catcher. He was also an All-Star in the Bucksport AA League in 1951.

Folsom launched his coaching career as a Lawrence High basketball mentor in 1961. The Bulldogs, 0-18 the previous year, improved to 9-10. In 1963, Lawrence made its first tournament appearance. The Bulldogs were tourney finalists five times, winning sectional honors in 1974 and 1976.

Maine State Coaches Association named Folsom the Coach-of-the Year in 1974, he retired in 1976. He returned to coach the girl's hoopsters for five years with two tourney entries.

All told, the combined Folsom men and women's record reads 248-156.

In l985, as final accolade, the Lawrence High gymnasium was renamed the Folsom Gymnasium.

Gus resides in Fairfield with his wife, Sue and daughter, Eliza.

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