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Profiles: Marty Roop '58


Marty Roop '58

Hometown: born in Eastport, Maine, grew up and went to school in Millinocket, Maine; have lived in Lisbon Falls, Maine, for 50 years.

Bowdoin ties: brother, Dave ’60; niece, Sarah Roop ’00.

Bowdoin major: History

On baseball: I started playing baseball at age five, and I never really got over loving sports—the game itself (hitting and throwing, the competition, and the camaraderie, resulting in lifelong friendships). One of the young people I coached wrote a book about the heydays of town-team baseball in Maine, and treated me very favorably and that resulted in me being nominated into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame [inducted in 2010]. I was just an average player who kept on going. If you’re around long enough you get noticed.

Favorite Bowdoin moment: Number one is my close, lifelong friendships with classmates and teammates from 1958. We have a large group in the area and get together often. Being elected class president and planning all our five-year reunions has been fun.

Biggest differences at Bowdoin then and now: Bigger, and now co-ed, many more extracurricular activities and majors, and no fraternities, which were the center of life when I was there.

First thing I do in the morning: look out the window at fields, woods, and check the weather.

Music: Elvis, Sinatra, and Patsy Cline

Favorite ice cream: Gifford's French Vanilla—the best!

Best place in Maine to watch a sunrise or sunset: any pond or lake in the state.

Favorite moments in MLB history: The Red Sox finally winning the World Series; Babe Ruth calling his homerun; Bobby Thomson hitting his famous homerun in 1951—a few of the many, many great moments.

Posted March 07, 2011