All posts by Bob Beatham

Bob Beatham

About Bob Beatham

Bob, a lifelong Bangor resident, is entering his 20th season as the Public Address Announcer at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor, in addition to being the voice of Brewer High School and John Bapst Crusader football. He also currently serves as the scorekeeper for John Bapst basketball. The University of Maine at Farmington graduate is the service coordinator at Aging Excellence, which provides in-home care for seniors..

Baseball Remains Alive in Queen City

Baseball is a dying sport in America, or so the pundits say.  I can’t say I really blame them as there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to support their claim.  According to an article published in The Wall Street Journal, participation in Little League Baseball has declined by 25% since 1996.  Those who are the guardians of the game have been wringing […]

Senior League World Series Combines Baseball and Culture

This past Saturday marked the conclusion of another successful Senior League World Series in Bangor.  As I reflect back on the week’s action, teams are headed back to their respective homes, some as near as Connecticut, while others travel nearly across to the globe to such far flung locals such as the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana […]

Politics: That Ugly “P” Word in Youth Sports

Politics.  Spend any amount of time attending high school or youth sports and you are bound to hear the word uttered.  Just the mention of the “P-word” rankles the emotions of most, often with negative connotations, and with good reason.  Congress currently has an approval rate of 13%, so you get the picture.  So what do politics […]

For Aspiring Athletes Opportunity Abounds in Baseball

The 2014 Eastern Maine high school basketball tournament at the new Cross Insurance Center had an uptick in attendance.  A crowd of over four thousand witnessed the regional title games in class B involving teams from MDI, Presque Isle, Caribou, and Old Town High Schools.  Many of the key participants on the hardwood that afternoon […]

Volunteers Make Mansfield Stadium Field of Dreams

Bangor’s Mansfield Stadium is one of the state’s crown jewels of baseball.  Through the generosity of Bangor residents and famed authors, Stephen and Tabitha King, the ballpark was built for $1.2 million dollars in 1992.  Bangor and the surrounding communities have benefitted immensely from their philanthropy over the years, much of which goes unrecognized.  That’s […]

Are High School Athletics Worth the Cost?

Recently, the Bangor Daily News published a letter from a gentleman who identified himself as a Bangor taxpayer.  The writer expressed concern Bangor’s school budget for the 2014-15 school year is projected to be increased between two and three percent, pending city council and voter approval.  An increase in the school budget as well as the municipal budget […]

Something Stinks in Westbrook (And it’s Not the Mill)

The 2013-14 school year has been a turbulent one in the athletic department at Westbrook High School.  A black cloud has hung over this community since late fall, a pall cast by the choices of some and lack of leadership from those supposedly in charge. In case you are unaware, the controversy arose when several […]