Thaxter R. Trafton, past President of the National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers, heads into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame with an impressive record of accomplishment in the sports management and amusement industries.
From 1965-1980 Thaxter served as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Bangor. During this time, he was a member of the Maine State Racing Commission and also sat on the board of the University of Maine Trustees. In 1980, Thaxter was appointed Executive Director of the Arizona Memorial Coliseum and the Arizona State Fair.
Thaxter become President of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1985. He governed all basketball operations as well as directed the 20,000 seat Richfield Coliseum.
In 1990 Thaxter founded Trafton and Associates, Inc. This Los Angeles based amusement company, produced and managed over 100 festivals in southern California. As President and CEO, Thaxter developed a multi-divisional firm that succeeded in the growth of many fairs and contributed amusement effects for several prominent motion pictures. After selling the company in 1995, Thaxter became a consultant for a number of sport teams, professional leagues and facilities that eventually led to being tabbed as the President and Commissioner of the International Basketball League.
Recently, Thaxter was hired as the first Chief Executive Officer for Oakland Sports Authority in Oakland, California. Responsibilities included all contractual relationships with the Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders and the Golden State Warriors.
Trafton and his wife Linda reside in Oakland, California.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 2
Cumberland, ME 04021
Phone (207) 807-7666
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.