Linscott, Joseph (1998)
Joe Linscott didn’t have the opportunity of playing organized youth baseball. For more than 25 years, however, the Farmington native has devoted himself to helping new generations in a variety of coaching and administrative positions.
His dedication is underscored by numerous recognition awards: 1975, Kenneth Sills Award, Little League Manager of the Year; 1980, Augusta East Little League Field, named Joseph A. Linscott Field; 1985, American Legion Post #205 Award for “Outstanding Volunteer Service; 1994, Richard McGuire Award for Dedicated Volunteer Service; and 1995, Augusta Babe Ruth Award for Dedicated Volunteer Service.
Linscott, who played football, basketball and baseball at Farmington High School, was a member of the town’s first American Legion team.
He later coached Legion Post #205 in 1980-81.
Linscott, a resident of Augusta, also includes service to Augusta Fast Little League - 1972-1977 - Manager and four-time All-star Manager; 1977-78, President of Augusta East Little League; and from 1976 to the present he has served as Manager, All-Star Manager, Vice President, Field Committee Chairman, Treasurer and Director of the Augusta National Guard Babe Ruth League.
Since 1974 Linscott has served the Capitol Area Recreation Association - he is a charter member with a term as President in 1986. in 1954 he participated in all phases of land acquisition, design, construction and maintenance of three lighted Little League fields, professional lighted horseshoe pitching complex, two regulation-sized baseball fields and a large multi-purpose field.
Linscott’s baseball tournament experience is equally impressive.
In 1983 he was tournament director for the New England Babe Ruth 13 year-old tournament; 1992, tournament director of the Maine Babe Ruth 13-year-old tournament; and since 1980, he has directed the District 5 Babe Ruth tournaments.
What drives Linscott’?
"We didn’t even have a grammar school team, Linscott once recalled. “We’d get a ball and wrap it with tape.” So when the opportunity presented itself for Linscott to give kids what he didn't have, there was no hesitation.
“I think like anyone else | just got involved because my kids were involved,” he said. “Little League brought me a great deal of satisfaction. The primary thing | try to do at this level is teach the kids fundamentals and an understanding of the game. | try to impress on the kids that every time they are on the field they are out there to win. They should play hard but yet they should conduct themselves as gentlemen. I stress good sportsmanship above everything else’.
AUGUSTA — Nearly every day of the week, you’ll find Joe Linscott at Capitol Area Recreation Association’s complex of ballfields and courts.
He’s one of a core group of visionaries who created a recreation complex many say is like no other in the country, and he’s protecting that vision of a place for area youth to come and play.
Joe Linscott has received Le Club Calumet's Outstanding Citizen Award for the countless hours of work he has volunteered to maintain the Capitol Area Recreation Association's fields in Augusta.
He’s at work even when the task at hand is as mundane as mowing acre after acre of well-groomed grass covering the baseball, softball, Little League, soccer, football and lacrosse fields along Piggery Road on land once home to a farm attached to the former Augusta Mental Health Institute.
For his unending efforts, Linscott has been selected by the officers and members of Le Club Calumet for their Outstanding Citizen Award.“But at the end of the day, it’s Joe Linscott. Nobody does what Joe does.”