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  • Aceto, Sam (1971)

    Samuel Aceto was former owner of the Portland Pilots in the New England League in the late 1940's Sportsman Aceto long has backed Deering High athletics Aceto stepped into the baseball picture in 1946 to keep the portland pilots here until 1949 when local attendance wasn't matched by other New England franchises Aceto is nationally known in harness racing , He owns Oteca Stables From Fun While it Lasted https://funwhileitlasted.net/2014/02/28/1947-1949-portland-pilots/ Background The Portland Pilots were a Class B minor league baseball team in the New England League for three summers from 1947 to 1949. The club started out as the woeful last place Portland Gulls during the first season of New England League in 1946. Gulls owner John J. Haley ran out of money to pay his players late in the 1946 season and was ordered by League President Claude Davidson to find a buyer. The Gulls were bailed out by local contractor Sam Aceto, sign shop owner Herbert Curry and hotelier William Richard in August 1946 which allowed the team to complete the season. Prior to the 1947 season, the first full campaign under Aceto’s leadership, the team was renamed the Portland Pilots.

  • Adams, Andrew (1995)

    John Cochin, Jr., has been involved in sports in Sanford since 1946 as a player, coach and spectator. That means he has played against or coached some of the best athletes in York County. Cochin's endorsement of Andrew D. Adams for the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame adds significance to Adams’ outstanding career. "| coached Andy at Sanford High school! from his sophomore year in 1976 to his senior year in 1978," said Cochin. “Without a doubt, Andy is one of the best pitchers to ever don a Sanford High baseball uniform. And he has the record to prove it." allowing two years as a Little League Baseball All-Star and two years of junior high baseball, Adams pitched for the 1974 Maine State Babe Ruth champions. At Sanford High School in 1975, Adams' record was 7-0 for the unbeaten (12-0) freshman team. That summer he pitched for the Maine State Babe Ruth finalists. in 1976 Adams began his varsity career under Cochin. He again pitched Babe Ruth, leading his team to the Maine State championship. As a senior, led the Redskins to the Maine State Class A baseball championship. He concluded his career with a record of 17-5, was voted the team's most valuable player and was named a Telegram League All-Star. ‘It was in his senior year that Andy really caught the attention of baseball fans and coaches throughout the state,” said Cochin. "Despite missing a week of the season because of the flu, he compiled an 8-3 record and a 1.86 earned run average during the regular season. "He then completely dominated the 1978 playoffs, pitching and winning the Western Maine semi final against Brunswick on Tuesday, going 11 innings to defeat favored Portland High 3-2 in the Western Maine finals on Wednesday, then coming back three days later to pitch the Redskins to a 4-2 win over Oxford Hills for the State Class A championship. “Winning three playoff games in the same week is a feat seldom seen in Maine schoolboy baseball history." Following high school, Adams continued his baseball career at the University of New Hampshire. In four seasons of varsity competition, his record was 18-10. His honors for the Wildcats included Rookie of the Week, Player of the Week, and the All-New England team. Adams' total of career wins is one short of the school record. It is one more than Rich Gale's total of 17. (Gale pitched for Kansas City, San Francisco, Cincinnati and Boston from 1978 to 1984.) in 1980, Adams pitched for Sanford’s Portland Twilight League champions and was named most valuable player in the playoffs. In 1981, he pitched for the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Signed by the Chicago Cubs in 1982, Adams pitched for Sarasota, Fla. in the Gulf Coast League, where he compiled a record of 5-2 with a 2.06 ERA In 48 innings. A shoulder injury prevented him from continuing in professional baseball. Adams has remained active in baseball as a coach in Little League, junior high and Babe Ruth. Now 33, Adams lives in the Sanford area. He is proprietor of R.J.'s Landing, a restaurant-lounge.

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  • HOME | Maine Baseball Hall of Fame | United States

    2021 MAINE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES click PDF below to see complete list of available classic magazines HOF Scholarship Publications 10-2-21.pdf Ryan Reid Tom Dexter Ed Flaherty (for Ryan) Craig Furbush (for Charlie) Jim Graffam Aaron Izaryk John Kameisha Stu Lacognata Mark Rogers Matt Rogers Snow Family Maine Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2021 Team photo of the MBHOF Class of 2021 taken at the Sea Dogs game 9/12/21. Courtesy of 365digitalphotography.com Standing, left to right: Tom Dexter, Ed Flaherty (representing his son Ryan Flaherty), Craig Furbush (representing his son Charlie Furbush), Jim Graffam, Aaron Izaryk, John Kameisha, Stu Lacognata, Ryan Reid, Mark Rogers, and Matt Rogers Kneeling, left to right: Al Snow, Al Snow, and Billie Rae Koch (son, brother and daughter of the late Billy Snow). They all had a great time hanging out with their fellow inductees on a beautiful day for Sea Dogs regular season finale at Hadlock Field. Don Douglas HOF President

  • President's Award | Maine Baseball Hall of Fame | United States

    The Presidents Award Wilfred "Sonny" Noel, during the early days of his term as chairman of the board of the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame was concerned many good people we’re not getting inducted because of the number of worthy candidates. This accounted for the birth of the “Presidents Award" of the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame. Sonny insisted that the hall recognize a person each year who had contributed much to the game of baseball and helped foster its development and preservation. It was a “shout out "from Sonny, a former Yankee scout and a former umpire at the College World Series, to someone who does good work. Here is the gallery of stars. RIP Sonny 1989 Shaun Sullivan 1990 ​ Jim Graffam Phil Martin 1992 ​ Sid Schwartz 1993 ​ 1993 ​ 1994 ​ 1995 ​ 1997 Gary Burns ​ 2000 2001 ​ 2002 ​ 2005 2006 Ronald Farr 2007 2008 2009 2010 ​ 2011 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2019

  • Honored Teams | Maine Baseball Hall of Fame | United States

    Honored Teams Occasionally, the selection committee of the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame found itself being overcome with suggested nominees who had all played for the same team or perhaps the same collegiate baseball program over a short period of years. Sonny Noel reasoned not all of the players in the team merited individual induction into the Hall, but they were a member of a special team and worthy of recognition. Thus began a tradition that continues to this day. Honored Teams 1989 1991 2005 2006 2014 2016 2017 2018

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