The state’s rich basketball history will be celebrated again Sunday with the induction of the sixth class into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
The banquet and induction ceremony is scheduled to start around noon, according to Tony Hamlin, chair of the hall of fame’s board of directors. Tickets, at $55 each, will be available at the door.
Sixteen individuals and two teams will be inducted, and eight Legends of the Game also will be honored.
“We’ve got some people who probably could have gone in before but now they’re going in,” Hamlin said. “It’s a strong class.”
Among the interesting storylines is that of Jim Beattie of South Portland, who ranks as one of the stronger two-sport athletes in Maine history. The 6-foot-6 Beattie was a Bangor Daily News All-Maine selection at South Portland High School in 1971 and 1972 who went on to earn All-New England honors at Dartmouth, but he is better known for his baseball career.
Beattie pitched in the Major Leagues for nine years, including his first two seasons with the New York Yankees. The righthander pitched a complete-game victory in Game 5 of the 1978 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers to help the Bronx Bombers win that year’s championship.
Beattie pitched from 1980 to 1986 for the Seattle Mariners, then after his retirement as a player served as general manager of the Montreal Expos from 1995 to 2001.
Jim Beattie is an interesting case where he’s known for baseball but was a heck of a basketball player, too,” Hamlin said.
Other storylines include that of Doug Lisherness, a 2,000-point scorer as a guard for Strong High School during the 1960s — long before the 3-point shot was introduced. Lisherness then served in the Vietnam War before returning home to western Maine where he coached the Mt. Abram High School of Salem girls’ basketball program to more than 300 victories and state championships in 1991 and 2007.
Among other coaches being recognized is Max Good, a Maine native who went on to coach collegiately at Eastern Kentucky, Bryant College, Pratt Community College, Nevada-Las Vegas and Loyola Marymount.
But Good is best known in the Pine Tree State for his decade (1989-99) at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, where his postgraduate teams won 90.2 percent of their games and captured five New England Prep School Athletic Council championships with rosters that included such future NBA players as Cuttino Mobley, Caron Butler, Brad Miller, Erick Barkley and DerMarr Johnson.
Butler is expected to be on hand Sunday to speak on Good’s behalf during the induction ceremony.
Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...
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