James P. Whitlock
James P. Whitlock
Class: Class of 1951
Sport: Football, Ice Hockey, Baseball
Enshrined: Inducted October 21, 2000

Jim "Big Sid" Whitlock was a three-sport athlete at different times throughout his four years at Saint Michael's, participating in football, ice hockey, and baseball.  He played baseball (pitcher) for just one season - his junior year (1950).  He played ice hockey for three seasons (freshman - junior).  A very big defenseman for those days (6'1", 200 lbs), Jim was a talented performer. His team went 10-2 as a club sport in his freshman year, and was touted as the State Amateur Champions by the Daily News.  The program went varsity in 1948-49, and went 0-4 in a weather-abbreviated season (they played outdoors back then).  In his junior year, the Ice Knights improved to 4-4.

It was in football that he starred.  A three-year starter at guard and a 60-minute player, Jim had quite a reputation for his toughness on the football field.  He was selected All-State three times -- second team as a sophomore, and first team as a junior and a senior.  After his senior year, he was also selected All-New England, second team.  Like his roommate, Hall of Famer Joe Hermans ‘51, Jim's name has been mentioned several times by all of the former football greats that have been inducted into our Hall thus far.  Evidence of his abilities can be found in the fact that SMC was in the top five schools in New England in both total offense and defense from 1948-1951.

Jim retired in 1992 as a merchandise manager with Sears after a 44-year career.  He was a World War II Navy veteran (1944-47), and was very involved with his parish church (St. Anselm's in Sudbury, MA).  He was a longtime contributor/friend to the College.  He died on April 17, 1995 at the age of 67, leaving his wife Barbara, three daughters, and seven grandchildren.