From the Maine Historical Society
This image is part of the Portland Press Herald Glass Negative Collection (Coll. 1949). All 19,001 glass negatives from this collection were recently digitized though a Museums for America grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
John E. "Pete" Gaskill (ca. 1925) was a member of several semi-professional baseball teams in Greater Portland. A prolific home run hitter, he was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976. The Gaskill family was part of the strong African American community in Portland, centered around Munjoy Hill. Pete Gaskill worked for Central Maine Power for 45 years, and also served as the Portland Harbor safety inspector for 20 years. He was married to Portland school teacher Marguerite Giro.