Profiles

Michael Fiori

Michael was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. His citation is copied below:

Induction into the Hall of Fame was a long time coming for Mike Fiore, the fifth member of Washington College’s storied Original Flying Pentagon. Unlike counterparts Carrington, Carroll, Dumschott and Gordy, he participated, but did not star, in other sports. Basketball was his game.

Mike found his way to Washington College from Waterbury, CT, thanks to Louis Thibodeau ‘12. As a freshman in 1922, he made his mark early with Coach Tom Kibler. After a season opening loss to Navy, he and Henry Carrington, also from Waterbury, got the start at guards against the Quantico Marines. It was the beginning of a six-game “southern swing” arranged by manager Jack Stenger. Excelling at “bringing the ball up” and pushing the ball inside to forwards Jack Carroll and “Dutch” Dumschott, Fiore and Carrington helped lead Washington to a 33-22 victory. Five days later, braving snow and ice in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Washington College’s basketball team emerged with victories over Washington and Lee, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Catholic University and Loyola College. Six games in six days – all triumphs.

Stenger, who masterminded the trip, was also a mastermind at publicity. He had been calling Wilson Wingate, sports editor of the Baltimore Evening Sun, after each victory. As the conquests mounted, so did Wingate’s tendency toward the purple prose of the day. He fashioned the moniker “The Flying Pentagon.”

Fiore’s consistent play in the backcourt, playmaking , solid defense and occasional deadly outside two-hand shooting kept him in a starting role the rest of his cage career at Washington College. The Flying Pentagon went on to finish 21-2 that season with the only other loss to PMC by one point.

In 1924-25 with Clayton McGran taking over for the graduated Gordy, The Flying Pentagon fashioned an undefeated season, going 20 and 0 with double wins over Temple and victories over George Washington, Navy, Duquesne, and Maryland. Fiore joined teammates Carroll and Dumschott on the All-Maryland team.

The final season of 1925-26 was a disappointment for team captain Mike Fiore. McGran was forced to leave school and Dumschott was hampered by a leg injury. The team beat Navy for the second straight year and won 13 games, but lost to Loyola, Mt. St. Mary’s, Western Maryland, Georgetown and Maryland. Mike died on February 15, 1961.

Washington College is proud to make the Original Flying Pentagon complete with the addition of Michael J. Fiore to its Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.