Maine Baseball HOF
Weaver, Henry P. (1980)
Henry P. Weaver, York Beach, held such prestigious positions as chief of Maine State Police, but the former general managers of the Augusta Millionaires with a lifetime attachment to baseball regards as perhaps his most memorable Maine moment the signing of Haywood Sullivan. Sullivan, then a promising catcher, now is Boston Red Sox executive vice president and general manager.
Weaver, 86, and as firm a friend of Little League, Babe Ruth League and Pony Baseball as of the fst Down East League ball which groomed a husky University of Florida receiver for major league ball, will be inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame at 6 PM Sunday April 27th at South Portland Boys Club.
York county companions entering that elite group will be Ray Seaward, Kennebunkport; Joe Goss, Limerick, and posthumously, Joe Driscoll, Sanford.
Weavers first attachment to baseball was as a player in Portsmouth NH Sunset League. As law enforcement responsibility increased, he put close baseball connection in the background while retaining a keen fan interest.
A veteran of both world wars, the second with intelligence in Italy, where wounds ended military duty, returned to police duty in Augusta. Baseball mushroomed in the postwar period. Weaver became associated with Ben Houser, former Bowdoin College baseball coach, and Sylvio "Turk" Gilbert, Augusta mayor and crack semipro infielder, bout hall of famers, in Millionaire operation.
Weaver and Gilbert were instrumental in formation of Pony baseball in the Augusta area, and Weaver was in on the ground floor in Little League activity in 1951. He has long been prominent in the Babe Ruth and American Legion programs.