AUGUSTA — Don Shields may be best known for being the radio voice of Midcoast high school basketball and the University of Maine Black Bear women’s hoop team, but his involvement with baseball at the school and Babe Ruth levels has been equally impressive.

And on Saturday, July 16, Shields was recognized for his years of dedication to Babe Ruth, as well as 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, has been involved with Babe Ruth in the Midcoast 27 years, first as an umpire for 10 years before he switched to coaching with the Georges Valley team 17 years ago and he has coached several Midcoast all-star teams the past decade and a half.

For the past 12 years, Shields has been the president of the Midcoast Babe Ruth league and has directed regional and state Babe Ruth tournaments.

Beyond Babe Ruth, Shields previously coached the Georges Valley of Thomaston and Oceanside of Rockland varsity baseball programs, as he retired in June with a 122-99 (.552 winning percentage) varsity baseball record.

Shields was recognized by Peter “Rabbi” Henderson, Maine Babe Ruth commissioner. Henderson, who grew up in Camden, also coached years of local Babe Ruth and varsity baseball and was inducted into the Maine Babe Ruth Hall of Fame a few years ago.

Shields, a Thomaston resident who has longstanding involvement with radio media, attended schools in the Camden area as a youth.

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