In the spring of 1992, Dan Burke, then the President & CEO of Capital Cities, ABC, Inc. applied for one of two expansion franchises available at the Class AA level of Minor League Baseball. Dan's hope was to bring professional baseball back to Portland. Maine's largest city had been without a pro baseball franchise since the 1940's. One of thirteen applicants for the two franchises, Dan worked diligently to make his dream a reality. In October, 1992 Portland and New Haven were selected to join the Eastern League as new entries for the 1994 season. A sellout crowd greeted the Sea Dogs on April 18, 1994. In 2003, Dan was instrumental in bringing the Boston Red Sox to Portland as the Sea Dogs' new affiliate replacing the Florida Marlins. In 2006, the Sea Dogs captured their first Eastern League Championship. Since the teams' inception in 1994 more than seven million fans have enjoyed Sea Dogs' baseball at Hadlock Field. Dan passed away in October 2011. Today the Sea Dogs remain in the Burke family with Dan's son; Bill Burke serving as the team's Chairman and Dan's daughter; Sally McNamara serving as the team's Treasurer.
Front Office Staff
Game Day Staff
Thom Hinton, Official Scorer
Tom Clifford, Scoreboard Operator