AUGUSTA — Don Shields may be best known for being the radio voice of Midcoast High School basketball and the University of Maine’s Black Bear women’s hoop team, but his involvement in school and college baseball by Babe Ruth was equally impressive.
And on Saturday, July 16, Shields was recognized for his years of dedication to Babe Ruth, as well as his impact on generations of young baseball players, as he was inducted into the Maine Babe Ruth Hall of Fame.
Shields, also a member of the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame, was involved with Babe Ruth in the Midcoast 27, first as a referee for 10 years before moving into coaching with the Georges Valley team there. is 17 and has coached several Midcoast All-Star teams over the past decade and a half.
For the past 12 years, Shields has served as the president of the Midcoast Babe Ruth League and has run regional and national Babe Ruth tournaments.
Beyond Babe Ruth, Shields previously coached college baseball programs Georges Valley in Thomaston and Oceanside in Rockland, as he retired in June with a college baseball record of 122-99 (winning percentage of 0.552).
Shields was recognized by Peter “Rabbi” Henderson, Commissioner of Maine Babe Ruth. Henderson, who grew up in Camden, also coached local Babe Ruth and college baseball for years and was inducted into the Maine Babe Ruth Hall of Fame a few years ago.
Shields, a Thomaston resident who has been involved in the radio media for a long time, attended schools in the Camden area as a youngster.
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