Duffy, Gerry (1998)
GERALD C. “GERRY” DUFFY Player, coach, umpire and scout are the credentials Gerry Duffy brings to the Maine Baseball HoF-.
At Orono H.S., where he graduated in 1948, Gerry was a brilliant four sport star — football quarterback, basketball forward, valuable scorer in track and baseball! catcher.
in his last three baseball seasons, he nit 417, .615 and .428. After his junior year, he played for the Old town VFW in the Eastern Maine League and the Brewer American Legion club.
For Old Town he led the EML in batting average, doubles, homers and RBis. At 17, he was chosen the Northern Division’s All-Star third baseman — the youngest ever to win this accolade.
Upon graduation, he joined the Bucksport AA and played shortstop for the EMC’s championship team.
He accepted an invitation to try out with the Boston Braves, but declined a Class D contract in favor of continuing his education. After a year at Higgins Classical Institute and summer ball with Fredricton, N.B. and the Houlton Collegians, Duffy served with the U.S. Army (1950-52) and is a Korean War Veteran.
Prior to departure for the military, Gerry captured the Maine-New Brunswick batting title at .390 and tied Dick Cormier (HoF’92) for the home run lead.
From 1953 to 1963, Duffy pastimed in Northern Maine and the Canadian Provinces, particularly with Woodstock from 1953-1960 when Woodstock was a dominant club. As a testimony to his versatility, he was an All-Star selection at third base, shortstop, and catcher.
Following graduation from Ricker College in 1958, Gerry began a stellar coaching career with baseball stints at Sherman, Limestone, Caribou, and twice at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He was also an out standing basketball coach.
From 1962-75 he umpired with the Northern Maine Board and from 1975-79 he scouted for the Montreal Expos.
in 1988 Gerry Duffy was inducted into the Maine sports Hall of Fame.
He is married to Jean (Clark), whom he met while playing at Woodstock, and has four children Lt. Col. James at Fort Bragg, N.C., Lorraine Irving in Falmouth, Michael, and Cathy Cullins in Caribou and several grandchildren.