Pride of ship-hoop-happy Bath, as well as neighboring Bowdoin College, as the epitome of three-sport brilliance, Brud Stover holds the rare distinction in Maine college sports annals.
What sets the former Morse High Shipbuilder ace apart from most other luminaries is his all-state selection in all three of his sports ... football, basketball (three times) and baseball ... as a Bowdoin Polar Bear. He may be a fraternity off one in this regard.
Stover was also an All-New England and Little All-American pick his senior basketball season as captain and do-it-all guard. He set Bowdoin career and season scoring records. Brud was also a bright light in a downturn in Bowdoin football. As quarterback and line- backer, he passed for two touchdowns and made a record four interceptions in an 18o victory over Bates in 1957, the first Polar Bear success in the State Series in four years. He was named to the Sunday Telegram All-Maine team as quarterback.
As a catcher, shortstop and first baseman, he was all-state for the '57 baseball season.
The Bangor News named Brud Maine College Athlete-of-the- Year, 1957. The Stover saga began at Morse High as he earned 10 letters at the school where his beloved father, Elford (Beanie) Stover, Sr. had coached basketball in the past.
He quarterbacked and co-captained the 1952 Shipbuilders to the state Class B football championship, captained the customarily competitive Morse basketball forces as stellar guard, and as a smooth second baseman, and timely hitter, was a key to Morse's 1953 state Class A baseball championship.
He also starred for the Smith-Tobey American Legion baseball teams that won consecutive state titles followed by two runner-up finishes. Again, busy around the calendar at Exeter, his highlight was the venerable school's season scoring record, 304 points at a 20.3 game average.
After college, Stover remained close to the athletic scene as youth league coach in three sports and as an outstanding basketball official at the school and college levels for 17 years (worked 14 Western Maine school tournaments, five state championship games (A-B-C), along with the A-B playoff and New England tournament, 1977.
Brud and his wife, Marilyn, reside in Bath. They have three sons, Lee, Jim, Michael, and a daughter, Susan Garrett.
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