Jordan, Keith (1985)
One of Portland High's most outstanding and versatile athletes, Jordan played five sports and earned 14 varsity letters from 1927 to 1930.
Jordan was a pitcher-outfielder at Portland. He led the Telegram league in hitting in 1929 and 1930 with averages of .457 and .438. He was an All-Telly selection both seasons. .
Also, he captained the Bulldogs in baseball and hockey and lettered in football and track. Jordan was the fourth Portland High athlete to win four letters.
in 1931, Jordan was Hebron Academy’s leading hitter and an All-Prep selection. Two years later he repeated these feats for Maine Central Institute.
After a broken leg in the summer of 1933 cost him a scholarship to Dartmouth, Jordan enrolled at Gorham state Teachers College where he was the top pitcher and hitter.
Jordan retired 43 years as a school administrator in Massachusetts.
Albert F. Hackett He was All-State in basketball and baseball at Milo High School where he was a four-year starter. Hackett concluded his high school career as most valuable player in the state basketball! tournament and hit .600 during his senior baseball season.
Hackett enrolled at the University of Maine at-Orono in 1949 and over the next four years set nine university records (season and career). In baseball he led several leagues in hitting, including Tri-County in 1948 (.386) and
1949 (391): Canadian league in 1952 (.376): European Military League in 1954 ( 370): and Eastern Maine League in 1955 (.421).
He joined the Foxcroft Academy staff as guidance director and basketball and baseball coach. His 1960 basketball team won 28 straight before losing its final game of the year to Houlton where his brother, John, was coach. After five years at Schenck HS in East Millinocket Hackett was appointed to the UMO admissions staff where he still serves as Associate Dean of Admissions. He is a commentator on radio for University of Maine baseball games.
From Swampscot News By Terry Date, Patch Staff Apr 26, 2012
Keith coached baseball and he and the members of the state champ teams from the 1940s still have reunions.
Discipline at Hadley wasn't a problem.
The kids liked to fire spitballs at each other or make a whhaaaanging sound by tapping the metal hinge as they lifted their desk tops, he said.
The custodians, Frank Coletti and Wendy Jones were like brothers to him, he said, and they helped him dispose of the distracting desks.
Legacy Pages Marblehead
Swampscott — Keith Leslie Jordan, age 100, formerly of Swampscott, devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, coach and principal, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Sunday, October 7, 2012. Born in Sebago Lake Village, Maine, he was the son of the late Leslie and Grace (Ingalls) Jordan.
Keith was a graduate of Portland High School, where he played five sports and earned 14 varsity letters. He also attended Hebron Academy and MCI. Keith graduated from Gorham State Teachers College, now the University of Southern Maine, where he was the star pitcher and hitter. He also played semi-professional baseball for eight years, at one point playing on the same field with Babe Ruth. Recently he was honored by the Boston Red Sox at Fan Appreciation Day at Fenway Park. Keith was also a member of the Army Air Forces Aircraft Warning Service Reserve.
Greatly respected and admired as a coach and administrator, Keith’s career took him from Rangeley, Portland and South Portland, Maine, to Swampscott, Mass., where he retired after 43 years as a school administrator. He was Principal at the Hadley Elementary/Junior High School and the Shaw Junior High School for 34 years. He was also the Swampscott High School Varsity Baseball Coach for five years, winning two State Championships, and was named Coach of the Year. Keith received four Hall of Fame inductions: Maine State Baseball Hall of Fame, Swampscott High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Portland Maine High School Hall of Fame, and the University of Southern Maine Husky Hall of Fame, where he was the first person inducted.