Eleven to join Maine baseball hall

Posted April 08, 2011, at 6:19 p.m.
Last modified April 08, 2011, at 11:06 p.m.

Eleven men representing virtually all levels of baseball in the state and beyond will be inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame during ceremonies scheduled for July 31 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.

Chad White of Bangor, Ellsworth native Dick Scott, Greg Reed of Lincoln and posthumous selections Jim Dyer of Presque Isle and Kenneth Libbey of Mattawamkeag are among members of the Class of 2011.

Also being inducted are Bob Baumer of Lisbon Falls, Dennis Gratto of Portland, Mark Palmer of Rumford, Bob Prince of South Portland, Bill Wing of Ooltewah, Tenn., and posthumous honoree Bobby Doyle of Gorham.

White starred at Brewer High School before moving on to become a premier outfielder at the University of Maine, where he was the North Atlantic Conference player of the year in 1993. He was a 56th-round draft pick of the Houston Astros, and went on to play for three years in the Astros organization.

Scott, who now lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., was an Ellsworth High School standout who enjoyed a 10-year playing career as an infielder in the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics organizations. He began his coaching career as a minor league manager in the Oakland organization in 1991. He was named the 1994 Minor League Manager of the Year by USA Today Baseball Weekly. Scott also earned Arizona League Manager of the Year honors in 1991, and was the Northwest League Manager of the Year in 1992 and California League Manager of the Year in 1994.

Scott now works in player development for the New York Mets.

Reed was instrumental in the formation of the Androscoggin, Kennebec, Sagadahoc League in 1973, and served as varsity baseball coach at Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln for 28 seasons. Reed’s baseball coaching tenure at Mattanawcook was highlighted by two regional championships, an Eastern Maine Class B title in 1991 and an Eastern C crown in 2001.

Dyer was player-manager for the Presque Isle Indians in the semi-pro Maine-New Brunswick League and later was head baseball coach at Presque Isle High School for 15 seasons.

Libbey was the captain and integral cog of the Mattawamkeag Merchants, a semi-pro force during the heyday of town team ball.

Baumer was a dominant pitcher for the Roberts 88’ers in the competitive Andy Valley League, compiling a 85-17 won-loss record from 1963 through 1970.

Gratto was an All-Telegram League outfielder at Cheverus High School of Portland and was instrumental in the promotion and support of the Twilight League during the 1970s and 1980s.

Palmer played 25 years for Rumford and Mexico in the Pine Tree League and coached Little League, Babe Ruth, and American Legion teams in the Rumford area.

Prince was a three-time NCAA Division III All-American at the University of Southern Maine and currently serves as an assistant coach for the Huskies.

Wing, a Richmond native, enjoyed success at Colby College and with Houlton of the Maine-New Brunswick League, and he also play for three seasons in the Boston Red Sox organization.

Doyle had an outstanding career at Greely High School of Cumberland Center and in the Portland Twilight League prior to serving as pitching coach at Saint Joseph’s College of Standish for 12 years.

Tickets for the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet may be obtained by contacting Brian Gordon at 883-0154 or Don Douglas at 846-3460.

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