Stone, Fred (1993)
Versatile Fredric V. Stone starred at four levels of baseball, his brilliant career crowned with his selection to the 1959 Collegiate All-America second team as a third baseman for Wesleyan University.
In that era, the All-America squad made no distinction as to size of institution but the team was usually made up of mostly major collegians.
Stone was just one of two choices from the small college ranks on the three-team squad. Tom Scannell, Tufts first baseman on the AA third team, was the other.
Another second teamer was Dick Radatz of Michigan State, the eventual Red Sox “Monster of relief fame.
That season, Stone batted .426 and made but one error as he led Wesleyan to its third straight Little Three championship and was named to the All-New England first team.
His first “all” selection came in 1954 -- Deering High first baseman making the All-Telegram League team as he Capped a four-year stretch with the Purple.
He was also a basketball standout at Deering and Wesleyan.
At Kents Hill School, Fred added football to his sports agenda. He was All-Maine Prep as a tailback-linebacker.
The Kents Hill baseball team needed a catcher, so he went behind the plate and gained another All-Prep berth.
Stone was a consistent .300 or better hitter throughout his career.
He extended his versatility to shortstop in the fast Portland [twilight League, handled that key post smartly and was usually up among the leaders in various offensive categories.
He led the league in home runs in 1954 and again in 1968 at age 32 after nine inactive seasons.
Fred also tied in significant coaching and officiating stints in his lengthy career as teacher-coach-administrator at several prep schools and colleges in New England.
He coached North Yarmouth Academy’s team to the state prep baseball title in 1972 and guided two state soccer title teams at NYA.
As an umpire, he worked the Aroostook County League as well as high school and college games in Aroostook, along with high school playoffs.
Since his return to the Southwestern part of the state, Stone has been a member of the Western Maine Board of Approved Umpires, was three years a Windham Little League ump and was that junior circuits umpire in-chief for two seasons.
Fred is the eldest of four Stone brothers who starred in Deering sports -- followed by Doug, Ken and Ron.
The quartet's dad, Fred C. Stone, was a colorful magnate in the Portland area throughout his life.
Fred the younger is Director of Admissions at St. Joseph's College.