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Bob Beatham

About Bob Beatham

Bob, a lifelong Bangor resident, has just completed his 21st season as the Public Address Announcer at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. Bob is also the public address voice for John Bapst Crusader football. He also currently serves as the scorekeeper for John Bapst basketball. Bob is an avid follower of Maine high school athletics, particularly football and basketball. The University of Maine at Farmington graduate is the service coordinator at Aging Excellence, which provides in-home care for seniors..

Why Me? (No I’m Not Throwing a Pity Party)

In the nearly three years since I’ve been writing this weekly column, ideas for future topics have flowed through my brain at peculiar times and places.  The impetus for this week’s piece came from of all things, a trip to the men’s room.  How can a trip to relieve oneself result in a seven-hundred some […]

Senior League World Series Leaves Bangor: Now What?

The Senior League World Series has been a summertime staple in Bangor for the past fifteen years.  With Little League Baseball’s decision to abolish their Big League division, the SLWS will be held in Easley, South Carolina beginning in 2017.  The world series’ departure leaves an incredible void for the greater Bangor baseball community. So […]

Heartbroken: Senior League World Series Leaves Bangor

“It is a kick to the teeth”.  That’s how Senior League World Series tournament director Mike Brooker described the feeling when Little League officials recently delivered some devastating news.  The 2016 Senior League World Series would be the final one held in the Queen City, at least for the foreseeable future. The news came as […]

For High School Football Players: The Time is Now

High school football in Maine marks changes unlike any other season in Maine.  Sitting at Doyle Field in Brewer on a balmy late summer Friday night, thoughts turned to twelve weeks from now.  My game day attire will likely be significantly different.  Gone will be the t-shirt and shorts.  As summer fades and a cool, […]

Little League Rules Seek to Maintain Fair Ball

For eleven days a community about the size of Bangor, tucked away off the beaten path in central Pennsylvania, is the epicenter of the baseball world.  Crowds, of which many of their major league counterparts would be envious of, will storm upon its two stadiums.  Millions more around the world tune in to watch the […]

Australians Teach Lessons of Friendship at SLWS

One week.  Nineteen Games.  Moments that will be engraved in memory banks for years to come.  The 2016 Senior League World Series had more than its share of highlight reel moments.  Mark Mailloux’ full extension catch near the tarp in right field will forever be etched in tourney lore.  The acrobatic feat helped thwart a […]

To the Class of 2016: The Best is Yet to Come!

Dear Graduates: Twenty-six years ago I donned the cap and gown, marching in step down the aisle in the steaming old Bangor Auditorium.  Up on the stage I went, clutching that Bangor High School diploma, earmarking the culmination of thirteen years of formal schooling.  Like the vast majority of you, I received no decorated honors […]

An AD’s Best Friend in 2015-’16: Mother Nature

For Maine’s high school athletic directors, or athletic administrators as is the updated vernacular, the job can seem never ending.  From event coverage, to scheduling, to dealing with the over zealous parent, to budgeting, and so forth, the hours can certainly be long indeed.  On days when the weather outside is frightful, an AD’s workload […]