February 19, 2018
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Former UM star Paul tops Hall class

Bangor Daily News

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Baseball Hall of Fame will increase it membership by 13 at its annual induction ceremony and banquet at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in July.

Former University of Maine player Jeff Paul of Orrington is among six local baseball stars in the latest class, which will be officially inducted July 25.

Paul, Hubert “Billy” Shaw (posthumous) and Ron Staples (posthumous) of Presque Isle, Norman White (posthumous) of Dover-Foxcroft, Old Town’s Patrick Sockabasin, Princeton’s Clayton Sockabasin, Bath’s Leonardo “Leon” Buck, Lisbon Falls’ Charles “Marty” Roop, Standish’s Kevin Joyce, South Portland’s Pat Feury, Sabattus’ George Ferguson, Gorham’s Gary Dube, and Sanford’s Tim Curley will be the newest members.

PAUL was a three-time All-New England Division I Team member who played in four consecutive College World Series for John Winkin’s Black Bears from 1981 to 1984.

STAPLES was an all-star catcher for the semipro Presque Isle Indians of the Maine-New Brunswick League and also played five seasons in the Boston Red Sox minor league organization.

WHITE played four years for Ed Roundy’s Colby College White Mules (1947-50) and went on to coach Hartland Academy and Foxcroft Academy to state baseball championships.

SHAW played first base for Bowdoin College and the semipro Presque Isle Indians in the 1930s and was picked to play for the U.S. Olympic baseball demonstration team in 1936.

CLAYTON SOCKABASIN was a dominant pitcher for Peter Dana Point in the Border League and Quoddy League. He won more than 250 games in a career spanning four decades.

PATRICK SOCKABASIN was Clayton’s brother and a teammate on the Peter Dana Point teams. His versatility allowed him to play pitcher, catcher and shortstop while batting .400 for his career in the Washington County and New Brunswick semipro leagues.

BUCK was a pitcher for Morse High School and Bowdoin College in the 1930s who also pitched for the semipro Bath Clippers in the Heart ’O Maine League.

JOYCE, who has umpired at the high school, college and professional level for 26 years, was an All-Telegram catcher at Cheverus High School in Portland and an all-conference selection while at the University of Southern Maine.

CURLEY was a two-time All-New England outfielder while at USM before going on to play three seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league organization.

DUBE led Biddeford High School to its first-ever state baseball title in 1984 and went on to be a standout player for the University of Maine. He played 15 seasons in the Portland Twilight League and Northern New England Semipro Baseball League.

FERGUSON was a third baseman and slugger for coach Jack Butterfield’s UMaine Black Bears who went on to play three seasons in the New York Yankees minor league organization.

FEURY was a career .300 hitter for UMaine and Portland-Gorham (before it became USM) who went on to be a player-coach for 20 years in the Portland Twilight League.

ROOP was an ace pitcher for Bowdoin College in the 1950s who later played semipro ball for the Lisbon 88ers.

Those seeking to obtain tickets for the induction ceremony, may call Sonny Noel at 232-8356, Brian Gordon at 883-0154, or Don Douglas at 846-3460.


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