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Hall, Reggie (1998)

Hall, Reggie (98)

REGINALD “REGGIE” HALL “Reggie” Hall’s playing career began in the 1940's on the sandlots of Westbrook and he performed at third base for three seasons with the high school’s “Blue Blazes”. At the University of Maine he played in the infield and pitched for three seasons. Ironically, his pitching career ended on Maine’s first southern trip in 1950 when he developed arm trouble.

Reggie’s summer ball seasons ran from 1945 to 1964, beginning while still a schoolboy.

He played in the Casco Bay League, Saco Valley League, with the Sebago Lake Chevroliers, and in the Portland Twilight league.

He played several positions and was often a playing-manager.

In 1947, after auditioning with the Phillies, he turned down a contract for Class D to stay in college.

In 1949, he played 3B for the Maine All-Stars against Birdie Tebbetts’ touring Major League All-Stars.

His playing career ended on a memorable note — as a 35 year old left fielder with Bob Philbrick’s (HoF’88 ) South Portland Merchants in 1964. The Merchants won the Western Maine Title and the State Title.

As a Little League Coach and administrator, Reggie had few peers.

Beginning in 1952 (while still playing in the Twilight League) he devoted over 25 years to teaching the game to youngsters in Portland, South Portland, and Cape Elizabeth. In 1960, he served as Maine’s first District 6 Little League Administrator while coaching his South Portland National All-Stars to the state final — a tough 2-1 loss to Bangor.

NO wonder that in the same season he received the Kenneth C.M. Sills award for L.L. coaching excellence in Maine!

in 1961, Reggie detoured to Legion baseball for a season with the Stewart P. Morrill Post. Although he enjoyed a successful season, his son, Jimmy, was starting to play and Dad resumed his Little League affiliations. In 1974, his Cape Elizabeth Little Leaguers — featuring outstanding pitchers, Todd Lamb and Bob Raftice — won the State title and had a great run before losing to the New Jersey Titlests in the Eastern Regional semi-finals at Staten Island, N.Y.. In 1976, Reggie coached the Cape Senior Little League All-Stars, and this team won the State and New England championships before losing to Delaware in the Eastern Regionals.

in 1962, Reggie organized an 8-team minor league program for Cape’s Little League. From 1962-81, he served in every capacity; administrator, coach, umpire. In 1982, Reggie received a special volunteer award for 20 years of dedicated service to the CE Little League pro“Reggie always taught sportsmanship and fair play” —Keith Weatherbie - Morrill Post pitcher and longtime Cape coach and A.D.

“Reggie was a gentleman and class person with outstanding administrative and coaching skills*—Bob Bencks (HoF ’97) long-time L. L. colleague

“Reggie’s class and leadership were evident at all times’ — Bob Raftice - former minor league pitcher in the Yankee chain, who pitched for Reggie.

Reggie now splits time in Windham and Florida with wife, Polly, and enjoys helping grandchildren, Ashley and Thomas.

From PPH Legacy page

"Reginald E. "Reggie" Hall, 87 WINDHAM - Reginald E. "Reggie" Hall, of Windham, died Nov. 29, 2016 "

"Reggie was an outstanding athlete. He coached Little League in Portland, South Portland and Cape Elizabeth. In 1960, he was awarded the Kenneth C. Sills Award for Coaching Excellence, and in 1961 was recognized as Manager of the Year. He was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998."

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