Red Sox got live Maine bear

“For the second consecutive year, a live bear will be awarded the first Boston Red Sox player who hits a home run.

“Officials of the Maine Department of Development of Industry and Commerce, sponsors of the gift, say that the bear, Homer the Second, is housed at the Maine State Game Farm at Gray. He is three months old, one of quadruplets rescued by wardens after his mother died.

“Homer the First was won last year by Norm Zauchin, who hit two home runs. Zauchin donated his prize to the Birmingham, Alabama zoo.”

From the Maine Outdoorsman and Conservationist newspaper, September, 1956.

The home run had to be hit during State of Maine Day at Fenway Park.

Go Sox! Bear Up!

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About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In the spring of 2016, Islandport Press will publish a Maine travel book by George and Linda, and Down East Books will publish a book about Maine sporting camps by George. In 2014 George won an award for the state's best sports blog, from the Maine Press Association.