State’s baseball hall to add 11 inductees

Posted May 13, 2009, at 12:30 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The ranks of the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame will swell by almost a dozen this summer.

The Hall will induct 11 new members July 26 during ceremonies at the Holiday Inn By the Bay.

The 2009 inductees list includes longtime Dexter High School coach Frederick “Ted” Clark, former Major League Baseball relief pitcher Pete Ladd of New Gloucester, former University of Maine infielder and assistant coach Mike Coutts, and fellow Black Bears pitcher and major leaguer Dale Plummer of Richmond.

Plummer pitched for Maine in the 1980s before playing professionally for the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets over an eight-year big league career. Ladd played six big league seasons (1979-86) for the Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers and Seattle Mariners.

Clark, a posthumous inductee, coached Dexter varsity baseball for 20 years after starring as a player at Stephens High School in Rumford and Farmington State Teachers College.

The rest of the 2009 class includes former Sanford High/Nasson College star and Sanford coach John Cochin of Springvale; Lisbon Falls’ Stanley Doughty, who was a star player at Colby College and varsity baseball coach at Lisbon Falls for more than 20 years; Gorham’s Malcolm “Mac” Herrick, who umpired at all amateur levels for four decades; and Rum-ford’s Steven Lapointe, who has coached Rumford and Mountain Valley baseball since 1981.

Also:Portland’s John Mullen, a standout pitcher and outfielder for Westbrook High and nine seasons of Portland Twilight League ball; Pat Proulx of Portland, a slugging outfielder in Maine-New Brunswick League semipro baseball in the 1950’s; and Weld’s Neil Stinneford, an All-American outfielder for Colby who played in the Pine Tree League.

Robert McPhee of Dixfield, a longtime sportswriter for the Lewiston Sun Journal, will receive the President’s Award.

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