Have you ever heard of the gulls? The Millionaires? The Cupids? The orphans ? The Eskimos? Believe it or not, these are all Maine professional sports teams from the past! We see the Sea Dogs changing their name to Maine Bean Suppah’s for a day this season, which is awesome. And our beloved Maine Sailors are going to be the Maine Wild Blueberries for an upcoming game this weekend. All of this made us think of other Maine professional sports teams of the past. Our research led us to some crazy names for the teams.

What are some of the names of Maine’s professional sports teams of the past?

BASKETBALL

Maine Lumberjacks were a minor league team in the 1970s and early 1980s. The team played out of Bangor. When the Loggers left town, the Maine Windjammers came to town. In Portland, the Portland Mountain Cats wave played at the Civic Center in the 1990s. They changed their name and went as the Portland Wave.

Maine Lumberjacks

Maine Lumberjacks

BASEBALL

Maine guides

The Maine Guides were a Triple-A baseball team that played at the Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach between 1984 and 1988.

The Guides changed their name to Maine Phillies in their final year.

Maine Phillies

Maine Phillies

Portland Gulls

Portland Gulls were a D-League baseball team in the 1940s. They morphed into Portland pilots. They played at Portland Stadium, now Fitzpatrick Stadium. Prior to the Gulls, several Portland baseball teams included the Portland Phenomena, The Portland Duffs, Portland Blue Sox, Portland Eskimos and Portland Mariners.

Portland Gulls

Portland Gulls

There were a host of other Maine minor league teams, including some teams with FANTASTIC names like:

Augusta Senators – Bangor Blue Ox – Lewiston Cupids – Biddeford Orphans – Bangor Millionaires – Lewiston Red Sox

HOCKEY

The Maine Mariners – First Edition

Who could forget the Maine Mariners? The Mariners played at the Civic Center in Portland between 1977 and 1987. They won the AHL Calder Cup in their first two seasons!

Maine Sailors

Maine Sailors

The Portland Pirates

Professional hockey returned to Portland in the 1990s with one of the most beloved franchises in Maine history. The Pirates stayed in Portland until 2016. They won the AHL Calder Cup in their first year.

Maine Nords

The Nordiques played in Lewiston in the 1970s at the Central Maine Youth Center. The Lewiston Maineiacs also played in town from 2003 to 2011.

Maine Nords

Maine Nords

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