Governor Baldacci of the State of Maine(left) and
President Kobayashi of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Governor Baldacci pays homage to Horace Wilson
On Thursday, November 1, Governor Baldacci of the State of Maine visited the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to honor Horace Wilson, 2003 Hall of Famer and a Maine citizen who is credited to have introduced baseball into Japan in 1872. Maine is home to the Portland Seadogs, a 2A feeder team for the Boston Red Sox.
What had prompted him to visit the museum was an article in their local paper in last May. "...If it were not for Horace Wilson, who grew up in the part of North Gorham known as White Rock, the baseball world might never have had the man more commonly known as Dice-K...."
They enjoyed making a baseball tour around the museum, the Hall of Fame and the library. What attracted their attention most were items from the first WBC, particularly spikes worn by pitcher Matsuzaka, and the plaque of Horace Wilson.The governor also enjoyed virtual batting against pitcher Okajima on screen.