ORONO, Maine -- Former University of Maine baseball players Joe Ferris and Ed Flaherty were two of nine inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 4. The duo joined current Maine football coach Jack Cosgrove, who was also inducted on Sunday.
Ferris played for the Black Bears in 1964, 1965 and 1966. He led Maine to the College World Series in 1964 and earned MVP honors that year. He is one of just a few student-athletes to earn College World Series MVP without playing for the winning team. Ferris also earned a spot on the College World Series All-Tournament Team in 1964 and was an All-Yankee Conference selection. He finished his career with a record of 16-3 on the mound, including a 9-0 record in 1964. He holds school records for best single season winning percentage and best career winning percentage.
Flaherty played for the Black Bears from 1973 - 1976. In 1975 he was named an All-American, to the NCAA All-Regional Team and was an All-Yankee Conference selection. He finished with a .295 batting average including hitting a career-high .388 in 1965. He scored 69 runs and drove in 60. Flaherty is in his 29th season as head coach of the of the University of Southern Maine Huskies, where he won National Championships in 1991 and 1997.