Blaine E. Davis is a Maine native whose sports record covers every aspect from participant to observer to official to reporter.
Davis is perhaps best known for a sportswriting career that spanned 41 years with the Gannett papers in Portland. He also participated in sports at the high school, college and professional level. At South Portland High he participated in three sports: baseball, football and basketball, but cut back to just baseball and football at Loyola of Los Angeles where he was named to the college league's All Star team in 1927.
After college he was signed by Los Angeles of the Pacific Coast League and performed for two seasons with Salt Lake City in the Tri-State League as a third baseman.
In 1930 he returned to Portland to accept a position as sportswriter with the Portland Press Herald. He later became sports Editor of both the Press Herald and Sunday Telegram and went on to write editorials and a regular column.
On the side, Blaine organized the famous Portland Sagamores football team which posted a record of 91 wins, 7 losses and 3 ties, winning the New England title in 1935, '37 and '38. He also served as Maine Commissioner of the American Softball Association from 1934 to 1938.
Serving in the military during World War Two, Blaine entered as a private in 1941 and was discharged a Lieutenant in 1946.
On his return to Maine and the Portland sports desk, Blaine assumed the position of Tournament Director for the Maine State Golf Association, a position he has held continuously ever since, earning a firm but fair reputation as the state's official men's handicapper. He also served for three years as athletic officer, Department of Maine, American Legion, and has chaired the Maine Golden Gloves, Maine Jimmy Fund, and was a member of the Maine Football and Baseball Officials' Association.
Blaine was named the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Maine Sportswriter of the Year in 1961, '64, and '67. Blaine and his wife Beatrice Mary have two sons, Blaine T. and Jere H. Davis.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 2
Cumberland, ME 04021
Phone (207) 807-7666
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.