Ray Fisher
Ray Fisher
Organization: University of Michigan
Year: 1966 Inductee

Ray Fisher served as head baseball coach for the University of Michigan's baseball team for 38 seasons. He also served as an assistant basketball and football coach.

While at Michigan, Fisher led his baseball teams to 15 Big Ten championships and the 1953 College World Series championship, after which he was named Coach of the Year. In 1923, Ray became Michigan's first coach in the 20th century to integrate a varsity sport.

Fisher was active in the startup of the National Association of College Baseball Coaches and served as its first vice president. Fisher was generally regarded as one of the nation's premiere instructors of college pitchers.

By the time he retired in 1958, Fisher had compiled a 636–295–8 record (.600 or better in 32 of 38 seasons) with only two losing seasons, and he held the record as the University of Michigan's winningest coach for 70 years (1930–2000).

Among his honors, Ray was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (1959), the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor (1979), the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame (2013), and the Middlebury Athletics Hall of Fame (2014).

Ray's uniform number has been retired by the Michigan Wolverines baseball team and by the Vermont Mountaineers. At least 19 of Fisher's Michigan players signed with a major league team.

In 1970, twelve years after Fisher's retirement, the baseball stadium at Michigan was dedicated as Ray Fisher Stadium.