Hartford to enter Maine Baseball Hall of Fame this summer

12 years ago

The Maine Baseball Hall of Fame will welcome 10 new members and honor a President’s Award recipient at its annual Induction Ceremony and Banquet on August 5 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland.

Wayne Hartford, who starred for Presque Isle High School graduating in 1961, is among those to be honored.

Hartford, who lives in New Limerick, was also a dominant pitcher for Husson College in the mid-1960s and holds the school record for the most career wins with 22.

Also joining Hartford are Peter Adams of Hollis, a standout shortstop for Portland High School and the University of Maine, appearing in two College World Series for the Black Bears; Bill Fairchild of Monmouth was head baseball coach at Oak Hill High School for 28 years and led the Raiders to three state championships; John Kezal of Rumford played in the Pine Tree League and was instrumental in the organization and promotion of American Legion baseball in the Rumford area; and Wilfred Laverdiere of Monmouth, who was a star outfielder for Colby College and the semi-pro Farmington Flyers in the 1950s. He went on to coach at Winterport, Anson Academy and Livermore Falls.

Also, Dave Sprague of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., who was an outstanding shortstop at Gorham High School and Springfield College. He won an MVP award and batting title, while playing for the Ametek Redskins in the Portland Twilight League; Brud Stover of West Bath, played on three American Legion state championship teams for Smith-Tobey Post of Bath and was an all-state selection in three sports while attending Bowdoin College; Ralph Stowell of Portland, was a two-time All-Telegram League selection for Portland High School and later led the Portland Twilight League in home runs for four seasons; Mark Sutton of Portland starred for Cony High School and the University of Maine where he played on two College World Series teams and later played two years professionally in the Texas Rangers organization; and Stan Timberlake of Turner was a legendary pitcher and hitter for the Turner Townies during the “heydey” of town team baseball and was instrumental in organizing Little League baseball in Turner.

The President’s Award recipient is Peggy Siegle of Brunswick, founder of Four Seasons Baseball and pioneer in the development of indoor baseball facilities in Maine.

For ticket reservations for the induction and banquet, call Don Douglas at 846-3460 or e-mail ddouglas@douglastitle.com.