The Maine Baseball Hall of Fame will welcome nine new members at its 44th Ceremony and Banquet, to be held Aug. 3 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland.
The 2014 inductees into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame are:
Brian Butterfield of Boston is the third base coach for the Boston Red Sox and the son of the late Jack Butterfield, the longtime coach of the University of Maine. Butterfield played five years in the New York Yankees organization.
Bill Casavant of Presque Isle has umpired at all levels over a 42-year career, including 25 Maine high school regional finals and 22 state finals.
Rick Crawford of Topsham was an All-Telegram League selection at Portland High School and enjoyed an outstanding career at the University of Maine-Presque Isle and in the Portland Twilight League.
Jack Holmes of Stockton Springs pitched two no-hitters and averaged 22½ strikeouts in his first four games at the University of Maine, and later enjoyed success in the Eastern Maine semi-pro league and the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league organization.
Bangor native Matt Kinney, now of Hermon, pitched in the big leagues from 2000 to 2005 for the Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants. The former Bangor High School star is now the baseball coach at Hermon High School.
Paul Kostacopoulos of Annapolis, Md., was the head baseball coach at the University of Maine for nine seasons, compiling a 284-195 (.593) record, including one America East championship and one NCAA tournament appearance.
Jason Lariviere of Buxton was a two-time All-American at the University of Southern Maine and went on to play five years in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
Bob Nutter of Kennebunk was a 1971 All-Telegram League selection from Deering High School, a versatile hitter, pitcher and catcher for the University of Southern Maine and the 1978 MVP of the Portland Twilight League.
Artie Taylor of Rumford, an icon of town team baseball, was a slugging catcher for Rumford and Dixfield in the Pine Tree League and made numerous appearances in the YABC national tournament in Battle Creek, Mich.
For ticket reservations to the induction banquet, contact Don Douglas at 207-846-3460 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.