Fine, Judge Julius S. - 1967
Fine earned the nickname “Mister Baseball” because of his life-long interest in the game. He was instrumental in persuading major league clubs to affiliate with the city in their farm systems, virtually saving professional baseball in Savannah. Again, he kept the sport alive by assuming the presidency of the Savannah River League in post-World War II years when it seemed the amateur league would cease operation. Fine also served as president of the Boys Club League. An attorney-at-law, Fine has attended more World Series games than any other Savannahian. He is on first-name speaking terms with hundreds of baseball executives, managers, and players, many of whom received a boost in their careers through Fine’s intercessions.