Giobbi, Mike (2005)
Mike Giobbi liked to finish what he started. In 1975 he pitched seven complete games for the University of Southern Maine, a total that stall ranks third in the Huskies’ single-season records for that category.
the same year he compiled an ERA of 0.68, best in the nation and a school record at USM. But Giobbi is equally well remembered for a game he didn’t finish.
Playing for Caldwell Post in the 1973 American Legion New England Regional, Giobbi broke his strong right arm delivering a seventh-inning pitch.
Giobbi’s second win of the tournament was saved by reliever Alan Schoppee. Giobbi wasn’t around for the finish. He was in a hospital for surgery and application of a cast that extended from his waist to his wrist.
When he awakened from the anesthesia, Giobbi’s first comment was typical. “Did the team win?”
Brian Gordon, former coach and director of athletics at Deering, recalls team-first attitude.
“Michael Giobbi was one of Deering’s finest,” said Gordon’. “He has deservingly received recognition for his athletic prowess while remaining focused, humble and unassuming.
teammates appreciated his leadership, knowledge, good sportsmanship and concern for others.”
Giobbi played during an era of high-level competition against opponents that included Jim Beattie, Bert Roberge, Ronnie Lemieux, Larry Theriault and Tony DiBiase.
His teammates were some of Maine’s greatest: Ed Flaherty, Gary Smith, Dave Schoppee and Steve Conley.
of Giobbi's career include:
Winning pitcher for Derring in the 1972 Telegram League championship against South Portland
Winning pitcher for the Rams in 1973 in the state championship game against Bangor. Giobbi allowed one hit and no runs in three plus innings of relief.
In American Legion competition, he was the winning pitcher in the 1972 state championship game against Morrill Post.
In 1973 Giobbi was the winning pitcher in the state championship game against New Auburn and was credited with three wins in the New England Regional.
In 1999, USM presented Giobbi a Silver Anniversary award in recognitions of his career.
Giobbi has stayed close to baseball, serving as a Little League and Babe Ruth Volunteer
his son, Nick, is a pitcher at Babson College. Andrew is a catcher at Deering who will attend Vanderbilt University on a full baseball scholarship.