Jerry Fitzgerald

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Year Inducted 2000
Category Athlete
Sport Lacrosse, Football, Basketball

BIOGRAPHY

Jerry Fitzgerald was involved in a number of sports including lacrosse, football and basketball. During the course of his lacrosse career he started in 1942 playing for the C.Y.O Minor, and then in 1944 the bantam Champs. Rookie of the year in 1945 at the age of 16, Jerry then played for the Sr. Athletics from 1945 to 1950. Fitzgerald was able to attain the first spot for All Star and M.V.P. 1947 to 1949. Attaining two Mann Cups from 1950 to 1954, Fitzgerald then retired from playing and became a coach of the Fergus Thistles and was named the coach of the year an all star in 1955, and from there became the Hamilton playing coach in 1956. Jerry’s football career started from 1946 to 1948 where he played Collegiate, and then for Western university from 1948 to 1950. During 1949 and 1950 seasons he was the C.I.A.U. Cen. Sr. Champs, and in 1951 played for the Hamilton Tiger Cats in the C.F.L. The basketball portion of Jerry’s sports career was spent in 1944 to 1945 playing for the Hayes Hell kittens Dominion Juvenile Champs, and in1946 for the Saints Central Ont. Jr. Champs. For Fitzgerald’s involvement within these various sports he was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1973, becoming a Charter Member of the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997, and named one of the top athletes of the 20th century.

SPORT AFFILIATIONS

  • Lacrosse C.Y.O. Minor, C.Y.O. Bantam, & Sr. Athletics Player
  • Fergus Thistles Playing Coach
  • Hamilton Playing Coach
  • Hayes Hell kittens Dominion Juvenile Champs
  • C.I.A.U. Sr. Champs

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • Collegiate Athlete of the year
  • Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame 1973
  • Charter Member Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame 1997
  • St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame 2004
  • Named top Athlete of 20th Century