When then Chamber Executive Bill Harkins searched for a new project back in 1983, he called together a group of past Chamber presidents to brain-storm ways in which they could use their past service and experience. Out of these discussions came the idea to memorialize the Twin Cities' rich sports history by organizing a Hall of Fame and holding an annual public event to recognize the accomplishments of individuals and teams that had brought athletic fame to the community.
As the committee researched local sports history, it soon became apparent that there were many persons who had received local, state, and even national recognition for their achievements. So, on March 2, 1983, the organization of the Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame was created, with establishing of bylaws and method of electing permanent members adopted. The first awards banquet was held on March 30, 1984, at Lost Valley Lodge in Auburn. From this beginning, which proved to be a popular success, an Induction and Awards Banquet has been held each year, with the 17th annual being presented this April 2000. Click here to see all the inductees.
That first Awards Banquet inducted former Red Sox catcher-manager and baseball Hall of Famer Bill Carrigan, Olympian Pierre Legendre, hockey great Larry Charest former U.S. Ski Team coach John Bower, and legendary ELHS ski coach Linwood "Zeke" Dwelley. Since then over 60 more persons have been added to the Hall of Fame induction roster, and the event has been expanded to include the Chamber President's Award for outstanding current achievement, and the "Flashback to Fame" Team Award to championship teams of the past.
Over the years the ALSHOF has become a major community activity of the Chamber. Many of the original group who started the project are still active and involved, and their historical background in local sports has been vital. Past Chamber President Malcolm Philbrook chaired the first stecring committee and is still an active member of the Executive Committee, along with other veterans Tom Delahanty, Ralph Tuttle, Earl Austin, Dick Gibson, Mike DiRenzo, and Bob Pacios.
The Hall of Fame maintains a large collection of local sports memorabilia photographs, and publications at its archives which is located at the business offices of Pacios, Rausch & Co. in Auburn.
The ALSHOF welcomes additional nominations for induction, and inquiries. Click here for nomination forms:
A-L Sports Hall of Fame
Ralph Tuttle, Secretary
Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 59
Lewiston, ME 04243-0059