George Hetherman set the highest example for all athletes at Bartlett High School using a combination of a positive attitude, good citizenship, talent, and hard work to excel in three sports, especially basetball.
George played varsity baseball for three years, serving as captain his senior year. He played varsity football for three years and was a captain his senior year. He also played two years on the varsity basketball team.
It was in baseball where this affable athlete brought much notice to himself and the Indians, and, in the summer months, for the Webster-Dudley Post 184 American Legion team during the mid-1970s.
His baseball coaches during that time span had high accolades for George. Bartlett coach Ziggy Strzelecki once remarked “He’s the best catcher I ever had.” Legion Coach Fran Kasheta, a former pro baseball player said “He’s the epitome of a true baseball player.” Coach Bob Pepka noted that George set the standard for “all players in all positions in all sports.”
Highlights of George’s baseball career at Bartlett include: three home runs in a game; 3-year batting averages of .344, .403, and .339 as a senior; and 44 total RBIs during his junior and senior seasons.
In Legion baseball he hit for .441 and .403 averages during two seasons and had 22 RBIs – one more than Rich Gedman who would eventually be drafted by the Boston Red Sox.
George went on to play baseball at North Adams State College, when he continued his hitting and catching prowess, and captained the team in his senior year.
George is employed as a manager for Interstate Battery.
He and his wife Mary make their home in Dudley. They have two children, Caelin, 9 and Jack, 7.