Fight Like Jimmy Shirts-01As part of an on-going fund-raising effort to honor long-time Limestone College softball coach Jimmy Martin, “Fight Like Jimmy” t-shirts can now be ordered through the Saints athletic department.

The immediate goal is to raise $75,000 to create “Jimmy Martin Field” on the Limestone College campus. The long-term goal is to eventually raise $250,000 to create “Jimmy Martin Stadium.”


The “Fight Like Jimmy” campaign has been organized by former Limestone player Niki Midgett, with the goal of raising enough money to name the new college softball field after the winningest coach in Limestone history.

To support this effort, the campaign is selling “Fight Like Jimmy” t-shirts, and pre-orders are now being taken. The t-shirts are $20 each, and all proceeds will support the “Fight Like Jimmy” campaign.

To pre-order a t-shirt, email Eric Stahl, Limestone’s assistant athletic director for external affairs, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  The pre-ordered shirts are expected to be available for pick up on Saturday, Oct. 5 (homecoming weekend).

Martin, who retired recently as head coach of the Saints, suffered a stroke while on vacation in Myrtle Beach in July of 2012. His rehabilitation efforts are continuing, and he’s doing well and making steady progress, according to Midgett.

To get the fund-raising effort started, the campaign has sent out letters in the mail, called past alumni, and created a Facebook page entitled “Fight Like Jimmy.”

All donations fall under the athletics portion of the capital campaign currently going on at the school, and are tax deductible.

Interested parties can go to the Limestone website (limestone.edu), click on “Support Limestone” on the main menu, decide between a one-time gift or a pledge, choose Athletics Capital Campaign and designate your gift to “Fight Like Jimmy.”

After being named the fifth head coach in program history in 1990, Martin posted a career record of 614-605-3, won two NAIA District 6 championships, five conference championships, earned three national rankings, had three All-Americans, three Coach of the Year awards, three Freshman of the Year winners, a Player of the Year, a Pitcher of the Year and multiple District 6 All-Tournament choices and All-District 6 selections along with 45 All-Conference and 20 All-Tournament selections.