Recent Foxcroft Academy graduate Ryan Rebar traveled to The Ballpark at Old Orchard Beach Monday night to participate in a ceremony honoring the great Dr. John W. Winkin, who will be inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame next weekend in Lubbock, Texas. As the latest recipient of the Dr. John W. Winkin “Mr. Baseball” Award, Rebar was invited to serve as part of a welcoming committee that stood behind Dr. Winkin as he was introduced on the field by Jerome Plante, chairman of Old Orchard Beach’s parks commission, prior to the start of a Futures Collegiate Baseball League game between the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide and the Pittsfield Suns. Rebar, a native of the close-knit community of Harmony who has become the first player from Foxcroft Academy to be named “Mr. Baseball”, traveled to the event with his parents, Peter and Violetta Rebar, his uncle John Rebar, his baseball and football teammate Louis LaFache, and his high school baseball coach Mark Chevalier. Rebar and Chevalier served on the welcoming committee along with Husson head coach Jason Harvey, UMaine head coach Steve Trimper, UMaine athletic director Steve Abbott, USM head coach Ed Flaherty, Colby head coach Dale Plummer, and several of Coach Winkin’s former players.
Prior to the game, Rebar had a few minutes to chat with Dr. Winkin and pose for a photograph, an experience he will remember forever. “Meeting Coach Winkin was a true honor,” said the three-sport standout, who will play both football and baseball at Husson University next year. “He’s 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.”
Photo of welcoming committee taken by Louis LaFache ’13.