Swasey, Brian (1988)
Brian began his baseball career at the age of eight. He started with District #3, Portland Little League under the guidance of ‘‘Swen’’ Hallagran and then moved up to Babe Ruth League (Payson Park) to play for the late Pete Pompeo. For three seasons he played American Legion Baseball for Wilfred ‘‘Sonny’’ Noel and the Harold T. Andrews Post #17.
As a Sophomore on Portland High School’s Varsity team, he made the starting line up and continued all three years mostly at shortstop and a little at second base. In his Senior year, he was selected to the ‘‘All Telegram’’ team.
Brian was noted for his speed as he was clocked going from home plate to first base in 3:45/100 seconds. He says, “‘I learned more baseball from my high school coach, the late Edson °**Eddie’’ Hadlock, than any other coach I played under.’’
In 1967 Brian played shortstop for Southern Connecticut State College. That summer he had his best season in the Portland Twi-Light League, when he batted .480, stole 25 out of 26 bases and lead the league in total bases stolen, total hits and total triples. For some unknown reason he wasn’t chosen M.V.P. that year.
The next year he was signed to a professional contract with the Baltimore Orioles by the late Frank Seyboth.
Brian was assigned to a Class A Farm Team in Aberdene, South Dakota. He played one season as a backup infielder. Ken Rowe was the Manager.
After returning home, Brian continued to star in the Twi-Light League. His seventeen year career batting average was approximately .337.
Brian resides in South Portland with his wife, Debra (Lombardo), and their fifteen year old son, Brian James Swasey, Dad is an eighteen year veteran and Lieutenant in the Portland Fire Department.