Jim Hewitt - Softball
Year Inducted: 2013
Jim Hewitt never sought the spotlight during his softball playing days.
But for a stretch from 1977 to 1986, Hewitt was one of the best modified softball pitchers in the area and throughout the state.
The lanky hard-throwing right-hander got his start as a pitcher with Coca Cola, but his modified career began as a shortstop with Greenwood.
At the start of the 1980 season, Hewitt’s work shift changed and he was a full-time pitcher for Coke, one of the top teams in Port Huron.
Hewitt was nominated for the Class A modified league’s most valuable player award four consecutive years from 1981 to 1984. He won the top honor three years in a row.
Coca Cola teammates remember Hewitt saying “he didn’t want to be nominated again because he felt there were other players just as deserving.”
Hewitt pitched in an era when Port Huron and Marysville were considered the hot bed for modified softball and pitching in the state. Coke battled the likes of Boddy Construction, Gord’s Bar, Secory Flyers, Tom & Jerrys and Little Caesars for years.
In 1982, Hewitt accomplished something that is unheard of when it comes to modified softball. He tossed a no-hitter in a 5-0 victory against Brass Rail at Memorial Major. He walked three batters, including one in the third, but retired the final 15 batters in order.
For those area players who were teammates of Hewitt or play against, know that he was a fierce competitor but highly respected on and off the field.