Dubbed “The Immortal Soule" by his colorful Deering High coach Freddy Harlow, HOF '74, Mort Soule has renewed a striking baseball strain in a notable sports lineage.
Only a shoulder injury during his college period may have denied this excellent all-round ballplayer a promising professional career.
Be that as it may, "The Immortal One" accomplished myriad feats at various playing levels plus ample coaching success.
A keen student of the game and dauntless enthusiast (shades of fearless Freddy), these qualities have rubbed off on his players.
In six seasons as head baseball coach at his Deering alma mater, his Rams have won three Telegram League championships, including this year's honors (third pennant in four years).
Shortstop most of the way till the shoulder mishap led to other diamond employment, Mort sparked Maine's and New England's 1956 Little League champions and Lincoln Junior High's teams prior to his brilliant three-sport Deering career.
He batted 318, .365 and a Telly-leading .437 while proving a whiz on the basepaths and in the infield for the Purple. He was All-Telly in ‘62, '63.
Press Herald and Telegram scribe Dick Doyle, writer of this piece, called Soule "the complete ballplayer when his double clinched the 15-1 Rams' 1962 Telly championship.
for his multi-category leadership or high rank, the 1963 All-Telly declaration read, "one of the most dominant players in league history. After a year at Phillips Exeter Academy, the bum shoulder moved Soule to first base (.360 average) and limited him to two seasons at Bowdoin, but he still made all-state and set the Bowdoin record of fewest strikeouts in a season: 1 in 60 at bats. He also contributed to the family's football heritage at Bowdoin.
Mort carried over to the Twilight League where he become batting champion and MVP for South Portland's 1970 league champs and won the Twilight home run crown as player-coach of the 1971 Haverty Buicks.
Soule extended his coaching coverage of the Greater Portland baseball spectrum to include South Portland's Twilight League entry, Portland High Jayvees (four unofficial titles in five years), Cumberland T-Ball program, Deering Youth Baseball Camp and several clinics
No single family has had a greater impact on Bowdoin's athletic program than the Soule Family. Father William '36 and his sons Paul '66, Mort '68, Jim '77 and Phil have produced a lasting legacy- particularly in the Bowdoin football program.