Thursday, December 12, 2013
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Baseball is his life, even at 92. Ed Flaherty, the University of Southern Maine baseball coach and a Winkin protege, was at The Ballpark. The two talked about Ryan Flaherty and the two home runs he hit in a game over the weekend.
"Ed is a great coach. Look how his boys play. He picks good kids."
The short recognition ceremony began. Maine played Miami, a national baseball power, at The Ballpark in the mid-1980s. Winkin's boys played the Maine Guides, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Jerry Plante, the popular town manager of Old Orchard Beach then, brought a poster promoting that 1985 game.
In the upper left corner was the signature of Billy Swift, the UMaine pitcher who was runner-up in the 1993 Cy Young voting after a 21-8 record with the San Francisco Giants. Swift pitched 13 seasons in the big leagues.
He sent Plante a note to be read Monday night. "You are the coach I want to be," wrote Swift, who was just named coach of a small college in Arizona.
"I love you like a father."
The frown on John Winkin's face was long gone.
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