Linwood “Lin” Hersey, who had a long and successful career as an athlete, coach, official and administrator, died Tuesday at the U.S. Veterans Administration facility in Togus after an illness. He was 63.
Hersey, who recently was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame, was a native of Easton. He reached the peak of his athletic career in the late 1950s, signing a minor-league contract in 1957 with the Boston Red Sox’ Corning Cor-Sox in the New York-Penn league.
After his career in the minors, Hersey returned to Maine, where he starred for semipro teams in the Maine-New Brunswick League.
Once his playing days were done, Hersey became a teacher and coached high school and college basketball and baseball, including a stint at the former Aroostook Classical Institute in Mars Hill. Later, he served as the athletic director at Unity College and at the former Nasson College in Springvale.
Hersey also drew on his experience, serving for 25 years as a member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials and 20-plus years as a baseball umpire.
Hersey grew up in Easton, where he played baseball and basketball. The outfielder went on to play at the University of Maine, then competed during his service in the U.S. Army.
Hersey earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine-Presque Isle and received a master’s of education from the University of Maine.
Hersey is survived by his wife, Thelma Durgin Hersey of Gorham; a son, Scott Hersey of Gorham; a daughter, Beth Hersey of London; two stepsons, Roger Doucette and Wayne Doucette of Portland; and two stepdaughters, Marlene McDonald of Portland and Cindy Jacobsen of Gray.