Jim “Tuffy” Pabst

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Jim Pabst may be the first person in the history of Delaware interscholastic athletics to earn five varsity letters in five different sports in a single school year. At 5 feet, 3 inches tall and
135 pounds, Pabst accomplished this feat as a senior at P.S. duPont High. He lettered in football, basketball, swimming, track and baseball, and was football and baseball co-captain. Jim also led
Laurence Roberts Post to back-to-back Delaware American Legion Baseball titles. He later starred in football and baseball at Wesley Junior College, was a standout catcher in his eight years in the
Wilmington Semipro Baseball League and coached the Holy Rosary Parochial League football team to a winning record every year during his 10-year tenure.

At P.S., Pabst was a triple-threat football quarterback. In baseball, he was the cleanup hitter and slammed two home runs in one game off DSMHOF inductee Al Neiger, who later pitched for the
Phillies. During his senior season when Jim hit .386, P.S. went 14-1, the best baseball winning percentage in school history. Jim was a diver and relay man on the Dynamiters unbeaten swim teams. He
was the sixth man on the P.S. basketball squad and was the top track performer in long jump and pole vault. Delaware Sports Museum Hall of Famer Rae McGraw was Pabst’s coach in football and baseball.
McGraw called Pabst “the most inspirational athlete we’ve ever had at P.S. He did more with what he had than anybody ever did at this school.” Pabst was a career .300 semipro baseball hitter and
two-time All-Star.



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