WATERVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The man who defined baseball in Maine for generations, Dr. John Winkin, Jr., died back in July at the age of 94. On August 17th, former players, coaches and community members celebrated Coach Winkin's life by sharing memorable moments. After an hour-long ceremony, dozens of people got up to share stories about how Winkin impacted their lives.
Many view him as a second father. They spoke about his baseball training regiments and his coaching techniques along with his spirit. His career spanned decades, starting in 1954 at Colby College. He then coached the University of Maine team and ended his career at the age of 88 at Husson University.
Winkin was selected for the 2013 National College Baseball Hall of Fame, he won more than 1,000 games in his more than 50-years as a head coach. Many remember Winkin for taking the Maine Black Bears to six College World Series.
Meanwhile, former players said Winkin put Maine baseball on the map. Below are some words of wisdom former athletes said Winkin once said to them.
"There is nothing that you can not do, if you want to do it. If you are prepared and if you work hard you can accomplish anything."
"To have someone like him say I believe in you. I have confidence in you. I have taught you what you need to know, if you do it then you can succeed. And it was a lesson that I have never forgotten and I think in many ways he is the most important man in my life."
Former Colby College basketball coach, Richard Whitmore said no one has ever understood the internal power that John possessed.
"There is no question, John Winkin was the greatest coach in the history of the state of Maine."