BANGOR, Maine — For one week, the youth baseball team representing Bangor served as an ambassador for the city and the entire state.
As host of the Senior Little League World Series at Mansfield Stadium, the team of area teenagers welcomed teams from all over the globe. In the nine years that the event has been held in Bangor, little was expected of the host team: Show up, give a good effort but eventually lose to teams with more talent.
This year’s team had other plans.
Bangor came within one game of winning the entire tournament, losing to Aruba 8-1 last Saturday. It was the first time in 50 years that a city team has ever represented Bangor at a sanctioned championship game.
For that, they will be remembered for another 50 years.
City councilor Cary Weston, a youth baseball player himself 20 years ago, organized a ceremony Thursday to honor the players and coaches of the Bangor All-Stars. He read a proclamation and unveiled two posters commemorating the team. One will hang at City Hall. The other will be displayed at Mansfield Stadium.
“You are now part of Bangor’s history,” Weston said. “I challenge you to become part of its future as well.”