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John Winkin did it all in his 94 years

John Winkin with Ryan Rebar at the ball park in Old Orchard Beach in 2013.
John Winkin with Ryan Rebar at the ball park in Old Orchard Beach in 2013.
Foxcroft Academy

A legendary baseball coach in the state of Maine, have an award named after you, inducted into 11 halls of fame, a friend to Joe DiMaggio, a friend to Ted Williams, and a witness to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

John Winkin did all those things.

On Saturday afternoon, Winkin died at the age of 94.

Winkin spent from 1954 to 1974 at Colby College as baseball coach and athletic director. Winkin finished with a 301-202-5 record at the school.

As athletic director, Winkin hired Dick Whitmore as head basketball coach. Whitmore coached for the next 41 years at the school.

Winkin became head baseball coach at the University of Maine in 1975. The Black Bears made six college world series appearances and had a record of 642-430-3 in Winkin's 21 years at the school.

In 1996, Winkin joined Husson college as assistant baseball coach to John Kolasinski. Winkin took over the head coaching position for the Eagles during the 2004 season. On March 12, 2006 the Eagles defeated Drew University 6-3. That gave Winkin his 1000 career victory.

At the time, Winkin was only the 44th collegiate baseball coach to reach that milestone. Winkin finished with an overall record of 100-74-8 while at Husson.

In 1992, the Maine Baseball Coaches Association established the John W. Winkin Award, given annually to the best high school baseball player in the state of Maine.

Ryan Rebar from Foxcroft Academy earned the John W. Winkin Mr. Baseball honor in 2013. Rebar got a chance to meet and have a photo with Mr. Winkin.

Rebar said, “He’s (Winkin) a legendary man throughout New England and is very well-known in college baseball. Spending just a few moments with him and getting a photograph together meant a lot to me and is something I won’t ever forget.”

In 2013, Winkin was announced as a member of the 2013 induction class for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

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