Portland, Maine- When the Portland Sea Dogs opened the 2008 season, it was the start of the 15th season of Sea Dogs baseball in Portland. Now a new book honors the history of the organization. The Portland Sea Dogs by Wendy Sotos, a former Sea Dogs' intern, is part of the Images of Baseball Series by Arcadia Publishing. More than 200 photos tell the story of the Sea Dogs' past and present. The book will be released on Monday, April 28th.
With 128 pages, the book includes photos from both public and private collections to tell the story of the Portland Sea Dogs organization including the players, the fans, and the people around the ballpark. All of whom played a role in establishing the Sea Dogs as a treasured part of the Maine community over the last 15 years. The book looks back at players who played in Portland before being sent to the majors. It tracks the various transformations and changes Hadlock Field has undergone in 15 years. In 15 seasons, the Sea Dogs have sent more than 150 players to the major leagues, captured one Eastern League Championship, and become a vital part of the community.
Of her book, Sotos says "The book doesn't just cover the history of the team and its players. It is a comprehensive history and celebrates everything it means to be a Portland Sea Dog. It includes, among other things, the history of the ballpark, a tribute to the fans and the Sea Dogs' off-field commitment to the city of Portland and their fans."
Sotos was an intern in the Sea Dogs Souvenir Store in 2000. As a freelance writer, Sotos has contributed baseball stories for various teams such as the Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants. Her other work has appeared in magazines such as Cleveland Sports Monthly, Entertainment Today, Filmfax, and Bend of the River.
The book will be available at the Sea Dogs Souvenir Store and on www.seadogs.com, area bookstores, independent retailers, online retailers, and through Arcadia Publishing at (888)313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com. The book is priced at $19.99.
Arcadia's popular Images of Baseball series celebrates the history of baseball at the local level, from the earliest days of the game's 19th century pioneers to the great players and teams of today's minor and major leagues. With over 70 Images of Baseball titles in print, fans from Fenway to the lowest rung of the farm system can discover the rich baseball heritage and lore behind their own hometown teams. Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States, the company has successfully established an extensive publishing program of more than 5,000 titles.