AUBURN – The Auburn Public Library will present an evening of sports talk with Sun Journal award winning sports writer Kalle Oakes at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the library, now located in the Auburn Mall.

Oakes will discuss how baseball in Maine has changed during his years as a journalist. He will discuss the rise of the Portland Sea Dogs, the ups and downs of Little League baseball and changes in the state’s status as a proving ground for professional talent.

Oakes has worked at the Sun Journal for 16 years, which he’s proud to tell people is now “half his life.” He has held virtually every position in the sports department.

As a staff writer in the early 1990s, he covered the full spectrum of high school and college sports as well as the exploits of top Maine athletes Joey Gamache, Ricky Craven and Cindy Blodgett. In December 1999, he assumed the role of sports editor, a position he held until March 2004.

Oakes has won multiple Maine Press Association and New England Associated Press awards for sports column and feature writing. In 2000 he was voted by his peers as Maine Sportswriter of the Year. Most recently, he spent 10 months as a news columnist before returning in January to his first love, sports, where he is now a column and features writer. He is also the media coordinator at Oxford Plains Speedway.

The program is the second in the Auburn Public Library’s Baseball on the Home Field. For more information, call 782-3191.

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