By all counts the father and longtime nurturer of Little League Baseball in Maine, Harris Plaisted stands tall among the state's sports and community leaders.
He was the state's LL director 40 years, National LL Trustee 37 years.
Virtually all of Maine's school and collegiate players for the past 45 years or so got their start in Little League - that also includes women's softballers from the girls LL program that Plaisted also helped launch.
The Plaisted dynamism as a shaker/mover in insurance circles laid the LL foundation by spurring fellow Cape Elizabethans and businesses to establish Family Field across from Fort Williams in the 1949-50 period.
Next, sparked by a visit by Carl Stotz, founder of the Little League at Williamsport, PA, in 1939, Plaisted and company formed a four team Suburban League (Cape's Fathers and Sons, Westbrook Kiwanis, Falmouth and Scarborough Lions) and prompted the foundation of similar loops in Portland, South Portland and Sanford for the 1951 season.
Suburban's All-Stars made instant history by winning the state tournament, New England and Eastern Regional championships to make it to the LL World Championships at Williamsport before bowing to Texas, 3-1.
Other Plaisted initiatives:
Little League Field at Portland's Thompson Point, one of the best LL layouts in the country, site of tournaments for 17 years.
The Kenneth C.M. Sills Award in 1959 to the coach closely following the ideals of Little League, the award honoring the memory of the late, beloved Bowdoin President.
The Ellsworth W. (Bill) Millett Award, 1962, to the umpire displaying a unique spirit of volunteerism and fostering LL's best interests, award honoring an equally beloved former Colby official and coach.
A most-cherished honor for Harris: Renaming the Cape's Family Field "Plaisted Park" in 1993.
Harris and wife, Helen, reside in Yarmouth, have 2 daughters, Meredith Page, Trudy Tibbetts, and a son, H. Merrill Plaisted III.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
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The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.