Inducted in 2010
Mike Fischer was a great athlete for Crestline High School. Mike played and lettered in football, baseball and basketball. He helped the 1993 football and 1994 baseball teams make it to the play-offs. Mike played football for one year, golf three years and both basketball and baseball for four years. Mike was class president two years, was a member of Students against Drunk Driving and was in the drama and German clubs. The 1993 football team, under the direction of John DiPietro, became Crestline’s first play-off team. The 9-3 Bulldogs advanced to the Regional semi-finals. Mike was a tight end and made first team NCC, second team Northwest District and second team NCO District Six. In basketball, Mike played on a team that became sectional and district champs for the 1994/95 season. Mike set the record for most points in a game, 38, against Lucas, in the sectional tournament (including 4 three-pointers) and the record for points in a season at 562. These records still stand. In baseball, Mike pitched the Bulldogs all the way to the state championship game in 1994. He had twelve strikeouts in a close loss for the state title. Mike holds two individual records from that season: pitching wins 10-1 and RBI’s in a season at 41. Team records include a record of 26-3 and the most runs scored in one inning in a state tournament at ten. Mike received many honors that season including first team selection to the NCC, All-County Team, and District Six. Mike was honorable mention on the Northwest Ohio team.
After graduation, Mike went to the University of South Alabama where he excelled in baseball. In 1997, he was named All-Conference First Team and was named to the Team USA National Team. In 1998, Mike recorded one of the better pitching seasons in South Alabama history. He went 11-1 with a 2.31 ERA and seven complete games. His three season record with USA was 19-5 with a 2.84 ERA. In 1998, Mike was named All-Conference First Team, USA Student Athlete of the Year, All-Conference Pitcher of the Year, All-American First Team, Baseball America First Team Pitcher, The Sporting News Second Team Pitcher and Smith Super Second Team Pitcher. Mike was drafted in the second round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He missed the 1999 season with a rotator cuff injury. Although injuries cut his pro career short, Mike returned to the Dodger farm system and played Class A Vero Beach and was promoted to Class AA Jacksonville Suns in 2001. Mike now lives in West Chapel, Florida with his wife Sarah (Speck) also formerly of Crestline and their children, Jillian, Luke and Logan.