Edward J. Hemsworth
Edward J. Hemsworth
Class: Class of 1947
Sport: Basketball, Baseball
Enshrined: Inducted October 19, 2002

Ed was a talented two-sport athlete who saw his undergraduate career interrupted by a three-year tour of duty during World War II. He was a standout in both sports from 1941 to 1943, starting at second base in baseball, and at forward in basketball. He set a state record for most points in a basketball game by a freshman (18!) in 1941. He enlisted in the Navy after his sophomore year, and spent the next three years in the armed forces. By the time he was discharged in March 1946 and returned to Saint Michael's, he had gone through Officer's Training at Central College (Fayette, Mo.) and Princeton University. While at Central, his basketball team reached the NAIA Tournament quarterfinals in 1944. After the war ended, Ed came back to SMC in the fall of 1946 for a final year to complete his degree requirements and participate in basketball and baseball (centerfield now) again. It was a great year, as the Purple Knights battled with the University of Vermont for the Green Mountain Conference Championships in both sports. During the 1946-47 basketball season, the Purple Knights went 11-9, recording their most wins in 17 years, and Ed finished as one of the top four scorers in the Green Mountain Conference.   Ed's post-college contributions have come mainly in New York City, especially for the city's fire department. From 1953-73, Hemsworth was a member of Rescue #5, where he was twice decorated. After graduation, he gave his love for athletics back to the children of his community, organizing youth sports in New York City for nearly 50 years.

His other volunteer endeavors have included: serving as director of the Curtis High School community basketball league (1949-51); serving as recreation director at the local community center (1951-53); serving on the New York City Board of Education (1953-58); serving as chairman of the Warren Jaques Scholarship Committee, which awards scholarships based on athletic abilities; teaching learning disabled and emotionally handicapped children (beginning in 1973); founding a special education school at St. Michael's Home in Staten Island (1979); and coordinating an alternative school for potential high school dropouts (1982-84).

He has also coached in CYO basketball, Little League and Babe Ruth League baseball, and Police Athletic Leagues, and served in the late '90s as a volunteer baseball coach at Citrus High School and in the Inverness (Fla.) Little League.