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Rand, Leroy (1988)

Rand, Leroy (88)

Close to four decades of involvement in baseball and still going strong:

Coaching top flight teams in summer youth ball and high school all the way; 35-year veteran umpire and rules interpreter (over 20 years 1n the latter role); astute historian of the National Pastime; and associated with Vern Putney as curator of the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame for more than 15 years. He 1s a dedicated, all-out exponent of the game in various dimensions.

Pioneer leader in local Little League and Pony League as well as Babe Ruth League play.

As head coach, Leroy guided eight state champions in summer ball: Portland Little League Three, 1955; Deering VFW Pony League, ’56 and °58; Triple-C Babe Ruth League, ’63; Deering Babe Ruth, ’66 and ’67; and Morrill Post, South Portland, American Legion, 67 & 68.

In schoolboy competition, Rand as junior high and jayvee coach and varsity assistant in the Cape Elizabeth system, had a 24-year record of 137-36, or 79 percent SUCCESS.

He assisted Vic Woodbrey in coaching seven state Class B champions at the Cape.

Among the many Rand products, seven advanced to pro ball; Eddie Phillips, Deering Babe Ruth League, later with the Red Sox; Paul Sullivan, Little League Three, Minnesota Twins farm system; Peter Dresser, Cape Red Roses and Cape Elizabeth High, Chicago Cubs system; Todd Lamb, Cape High, Braves System; Bob Raftice, Cape High, Yankees system; Kurt Hall, Cape High, Tigers system; and Jim Beattie, Morrill Post, Yankees and Mariners.

some of the above and many others also played in the college ranks.

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