Massachusetts Hall of Fame
Russ Sweeney//

{short description of image} 1979
Russ started pitching about 1934. From 1036 through 1940 he played with the Quincy Point State League Team. He threw and still throws a 1-¼ turn shoe by preference, although his 1 ¾ turn can be devastating. When receiving first pitch his first ringer often becomes a ringer without hitting the stake.

During 1936 to 1940, before the Second World War, Russ pitched in the State Tournament as well as in a league.

Russ served in the Navy in World War II, as a member of an Underwater Demolition Team.

Russ returned to organized playing in 1969. His records from that time show that he played in 40 to 50 tournaments up to the time of his induction into the Hall of Fame. His greatest accomplishments were winning the State Championship three consecutive years, 1970-71-72. His average percentage in these many tournaments was between 60 and 70.

Russ is the first player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as an organizer and as a player. He was inducted as an organizer in 1975 and his records can be seen in this book under 1975 inductees.