Dan Tritle of WCAI (Cape & Islands NPR) caught up with us again this season. This time, Greg mainly talked about his experience being one of the owners of the Walla Walla Sweets, who just completed their inaugural season as a ball club in the West Coast League. The West Coast League is a wood bat summer league similar to the CCBL, and currently features nine teams from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.
Dan Tritle (WCAI-FM) caught up with CodBall's Greg Shaw for a 2009 end of season interview on Monday, August 10th.
If you follow college baseball, chances are you are either a regular reader of The College Baseball Blog or you've stumbled across it in your online searches. The blog's creator is Brian Foley, and he sat down with us for a CodBall Conversation after the recent rain-shortened Cape League All-star game at Fenway Park.
Whether you find Brian online or in person, he conveys the weary sense of a man never too far from his computer. The number of games and announcements he juggles is staggering. Claims of size and depth on the Internet are often exaggerated but Brian's claim to be the "ultimate source for college baseball news and notes" is pretty accurate.
Sitting in Fenway Park's press box on a rainy summer evening, I was curious to learn how he does it and why.
I've commented in the past that the bookshelf is beginning to sag beneath the weight of books about the Cape Cod Baseball League. There are narrative accounts of a season, historical accounts reaching back over 100 years, picture books and guides. What has been missing has been a novel, a SABR-like encyclopedia and a children's book.
Well, wait no longer for the children's book. This summer Cape Cod's own Diane Troy has written along with illustrator Charr Flloyd a delightful children's book for Mascot Books.
Summer Ball (with a Cape League logo on the cover) is a simple overview of the CCBL that begins with a player arriving at a host family's house. Young readers then get a tour of the league, visiting each team and learning something about the league. We learn about scouts, the teams, reporters, the fog, the playoffs, etc. (Why don't we learn about the blogs?)
Floyd's anime-inspired illustrations are fun and distinctive. I like the Anglers cartoon where the outfielder looks like a ghost from Scooby-Doo in the fog.
I emailed author Diane Troy to ask her a few questions.
What interested you in writing a children's book about the Cape League? I've been a player host mom for 20 years and am also merchandise coordinator for the Chatham Anglers. I spotted the publisher's books on Wally the Gren Monster and Patriots football and felt a story about the CCBL would also be marketable, as printed by Mascot Books.
What ages would you say this is best geared to? Being illustrated, it would appeal to children between 3 and 10, but it would also serve as a souvenir from one of the Cape League games, especially if it's autographed by players from various teams!
Where can someone get a copy of the book? Books are available at : Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Hyannis; the Cape Cod League Hall of Fame, Hyannis; 9 franchise locations in the CCBL, a dozen private bookstores on the Cape; and from me, personally via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does the league benefit from sales? Every dollar benefits the team selling it. There is no compensation to me as author. The book is just another merchandise item that can be sold to support the Chatham Athletic Association/Chatham Anglers. Surprisingly, the book now needs to be reordered ...a mere seven weeks after delivery.
EDITOR'S NOTE: CodBall continues its partnership with WCAI/WGBH NPR for the Cape and Islands. Broadcasted on Monday morning June 8th, Dan Tritle and I previewed the 2009 Cape season, and we interviewed Tom Simon for the latest CodBall Conversation.
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Its history reaches back as far as baseball itself, and this Thursday the Cape Cod Baseball League begins its 124th season.
Over the past several years WCAI has teamed up with CodBall to bring forward voices and stories from the league. This week our CodBall Conversation is with Tom Simon, who has created a novel game based on statistics emanating from top players in the Cape League over the past decade.
For many baseball enthusiasts, the dice game known as Strat-o-matic is an enduring memory from their childhood, one that precedes today’s fantasy baseball and video games. In Strat-o-matic your team’s players are printed on cards with batting and fielding probabilities which are then played out in a game with the role of a dice. NPR four years ago ran a memorable story on the influence of Strat-o-matic.
Mr. Simon, an award-winning baseball writer, has created his own Cape Cod version of Strat-o-matic and was interviewed last week from his law offices in Vermont.
CB: Tell us how you play the game.
Simon: You've got one four-sided die, which looks like a little pyramid, and two ten-sided dice that generate numbers from double-zero to ninety-nine. If you roll one or two on the four-sided die, you look at the batter's card for the result; if you roll three or four, you look at the pitcher's card. If you roll a low number like double-zero, especially on the batter's card, you've got a pretty good chance of an extra-base hit; if you roll in the 90s, it's probably a strikeout. There are some nuances -- if you roll doubles, for example, there could be an error -- but that's the game in a nutshell. It's pretty simple.
CB: So who are some of the players contained in the game?
Simon: The Cape League's website has statistics for the past ten seasons, so I made what amount to all-decade teams for each of the League's ten franchises. Some of the players are established Major League stars, like Mark Teixeira, Chase Utley, Evan Longoria, Kevin Youkilis, and Tim Lincecum; a lot are guys you've never heard of unless you're a scout or a serious Cape League follower; and some, like Matt Wieters Aaron Crow, and Grant Green, are guys you may not have heard of yet, but soon will be stars. All told, I made cards for over 270 players. CB: This winter you played a complete 44-game Cape Cod League season; who won and what surprised you about the game? Simon: Chatham came on strong at the end to beat out Orleans in the East, and Falmouth and Wareham were first and second in the West. In the finals, Falmouth took two out of three from Chatham for the dice Arnold Mycock Championship Trophy, with pitcher Dallas Buck of Oregon State taking home the PA Sports Ticker Playoff MVP Award by pitching a complete game four-hitter in the rubber match.
As for what surprised me, this might sound a little self-serving but I was amazed by how realistic the results were. The cumulative batting average for the Cape League over the past ten seasons is around .247; my dice league batting average came to .246, and the percentages of doubles, triples, strikeouts and walks were almost dead-on. The only significant difference was that my league hit a lot more homers.
CB: How did you get interested in the Cape League? Simon: Every serious baseball fan knows about the Cape League, and I'd read The Last Best League by Jim Collins, which is a fantastic book that follows several members of the Chatham A's through a Cape League summer, but what really hooked me was when we went to Wellfleet for vacation last year and I got to see a couple games in person. When my kids get a little older I'd like to do a trip where we see a game in each of the league's ten ballparks, and I'm really looking forward to this year's Cape League All-Star Game at Fenway.
CB: You are a baseball historian and statistician; why is the Cape League important to the game of baseball? Simon: It brings together many of the most talented collegiate players in the country and pits them against each other, using wooden bats, in a condensed schedule that is similar to what they'll encounter in the minor leagues. If you were a Major League team on an incredibly tight budget, you could do respectably well in the draft, I think, by scouting nothing more than the Cape League. I don't think it's coincidence that the major and minor league rosters of smart organizations like Oakland and the Red Sox are littered with Cape League alumni.
CB: How can listeners get a copy of the game? Simon: I haven't made very many of them, but I do have a few, so if your listeners really want a copy, they can contact me by commenting here on CodBall (either comment on this post or send us an email). By the way, I will donate 100% of the purchase price -- not just the profits but the entire purchase price -- to the CCBL.
CB: What research was needed for you to make the game perform realistically? Simon: This may get a little "sabermetric" for many of your listeners, but first you have to total all of the league's statistics to determine what percentage of plate appearances result in home runs, triples, doubles, singles, walks, and strikeouts. Then you do the same thing for each individual player, and the numbers that go on his card depend on how much he deviates from the league average. You could do the exact same thing for any baseball league that keeps detailed statistics -- I did it for the New York-Penn League back in 1996, when the Vermont Expos won the championship, but you could do it for your son's Little League if you wanted to.
In Field of Dreams, Shoeless Joe tells Ray that if he builds it (the field) they will come. The Cape Cod Baseball League might as well have a parallel quip, "if the scouts don't come, neither will the top talent." I had the great privilege recently of spending a little time with one of the great scouts, Mel Didier. Mel is currently with the Texas Rangers but also played important roles with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Montreal Expos, Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks.
"I don't know of anyone who has been in more baseball parks throughout the world," Fred Claire, one-time GM of the Dodgers, told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
I ran into Mr. Didier recently in Yakima, Washington, where his son, former major leaguer Bob Didier, was managing the Single-A Yakima Bears of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. Over dinner late one night after a Bears game and then the next day at lunch, I listened to Didier tell captivating story after story about players and games I remembered from television or from books.
One story is how he stood in the Dodgers locker room prior to the 1988 World Series game with the Oakland A's. He looked over at the left-handed hitters who happened to be sitting together, and told them that if they are facing Dennis Eckersley with a 3-2 count they were guaranteed to see a back-door slider. We all know the legend that follows. The injured Kirk Gibson stepped in to pinch-hit. Sure enough, he faced Eckersley with a 3-2 count. Suddenly he backed out of the batters box and told Didier later that he could hear the old southerner's twang in his head, "look for the back-door slider."
In a new memoire, "Podnuh, Let Me Tell You a Story," Didiere tells the story of his rise to prominence in baseball, which began as part-time scout. Didier signed and developed some of the top talent in the game: Andre Dawson, Larry Parish, Steve Rogers, Dave Henderson, Ralph Garr and others.
I especially enjoyed Didier's account of his unlawful scouting mission to Cuba, where he was only able to escape with the assistance of none other than Fidel Castro.
We have some audio of Didier's story:
CodBall's Greg Shaw sat down with Dan Tritle (WCAI-FM) to discuss the end of the Cape League season on August 15th. Greg talked about how the season ended and the always-hot issue of players leaving early.
Since we announced our partnership with WCAI on December 10, 2007, we have provided a number of exclusive interviews including: John Garner (CCBL PR and Broadcast Director); John Wylde (Wareham Gatemen President), Part 2; Judy Scarafile (CCBL President), Part 2; Paul Galop (CCBL Commissioner); and Neal Conan (NPR's Talk of the Nation).
Our latest CodBall Conversation is our 8th since announcing the partnership, and the 9th we have done with WCAI:
The voice that projects regularly and vociferously the words known to all Cotuit Kettleer fans -- "HAVE A HIT" -- surely cannot belong to this sweet 80-something year-old man with a walker and a hearing aid. He is Ivan Partridge.
But, alas, here he is in front of me at the conclusion of an important late summer matchup between his beloved Ketleers and the cross-town rivals, the Hyannis Mets. Cotuit's defeat of Hyannis guarantees Cotuit the western division championship. And so Mr. Have a Hit, Ivan Partidge, is happy, practically giddy.
I have waited several years to get this interview. I've talked with league officials, players, authors, media stars and others, but it is Ivan that I've wished to interview for so long because I believe he so embodies the spirit of the Cape Cod Baseball League.
This former Episcopal clergyman and now super-fan of the Cotuit Ketleers is an energetic and knowledgeable baseball fan who enjoys his renown in ballparks both home and away.
In celebration of the Cotuit Ketleers' bid for the CCBL championship, we offer you this CodBall Conversation with Ivan Partridge.
Have you ever wondered if a copy of the 1935 World Series broadcast is available? Long forgotten, 1935 was the year the Detroit Tigers won their first World Championship over the Chicago Cubs.
Or maybe you remember seeing vintage film footage in which a Major League pitcher was using his own little movie camera to capture the action at an old All-Star game. Does that player's film footage still exist?
There is no better source in the country than Benjamin Harry, media archivist for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
We met Mr. Harry during the spring when my son wrote a letter to the Hall of Fame inquiring about an obscure major league game that was played in the early 1960s. We didn't expect to hear back, but one day my wife received a call from Cooperstown asking about my son's letter. A relationship developed over email and phone, and then last week we took a break from the action on the Cape to drive to Cooperstown. We toured the museum on a Sunday and then spent Monday morning in the A. Bartlett Giamatti Research Center, located just beyond the broadcast wing of the Hall of Fame.
Harry took us deep into the corridors of the Hall of Fame collection. We visited the media vault and the photo vault. And at the end, we sat down for a CodBall Conversation.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame is primarily interested in the Major Leagues. We did see a display case dedicated to collegiate baseball (Oregon State was honored there). And in the research center, we found the books you would expect -- the Last Best League, Beach Chairs and Baseball Bats, Baseball on Cape Cod and a few novels that apparently mention the league (Slider and Storm Tide). But the ABNER Library Catalog also revealed a few Cape Cod Baseball League artifacts. We found Inside Pitch: Official Newsletter of the CCBL and two artifacts from Cotuit (Baselines and The Kettleer). Way to go, Cotuit! The Kettleers were the only organization we found in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
I know the Cape Cod League's new Hall of Fame opened this year, and I look forward to reviewing it as well. Perhaps we can do a future CodBall Conversation with the head of the CCBL Hall.
Neal Conan is best known as host for National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation and as an executive producer of All Things Considered. But this summer he stood in as the play-by-play announcer of the Cape Cod Baseball League's All-Star Game. Conan is author Play-by-Play: Baseball, Radio and Life in the Last Chance League, a book about his experience taking a leave from NPR to serve as a broadcaster in the independent Atlantic League. Conan was interviewed recently by Dan Tritle of WCAI, CodBall's radio partner. I was also interviewed on the broadcast, but let's face it, an NPR broadcaster is a whole lot more interesting than me!
To commemmorate the Cape League's Opening Day today at Wareham, CodBall and WCAI (NPR Cape and Islands) teamed up for a new CodBall Conversation with Commissioner Paul Galop. WCAI broadcasted the interview this morning (June 13th). And CodBall has an extended version of the interview.
One piece of news from today's conversation was the Commissioner's indication that a settlement appears to be imminent with Major League Baseball. MLB and the CCBL have been in talks over a license and revenue deal. See my letter to Commissioner Bud Selig.
Paul was very candid and engaging regarding former players who have made it to the Big Leagues and the teams he has an eye on this season. Tune in and subscribe to our conversations in iTunes. The conversation with Paul Galop is one of our best.
Dan Tritle of WCAI (Cape and Islands NPR) has provided us with an extended version of his conversation with John Wylde. A shorter version of this interview is scheduled to air Monday, March 3rd at 7:35am. Topics in the interview range from how John got involved in the league to his favorite Cape league memory.
Defying a body challenged by inoperable cancer, John Wylde's voice remains absolutely distinguished. His head for baseball on the Cape is unrivaled. His spirit is unbowed. WCAI/WGBH and CodBall jointly interviewed John Wylde on Feb. 28th from the NPR studios in Woods Hole. Eight months earlier, Wareham Gatemen President and Cape league statistician John Wylde provided one of the most captivating CodBall Conversations yet.
In our recent interview, Mr. Wylde reflected on his illness, the growth of baseball on the Cape, the season ahead and even a new strike-out statistic he is inventing. Here is a brief summary of our interview:
To fans of the Cape Cod Baseball League, the name John Wylde is not as well known as some of the players who have come through the league – names like Carlton Fisk and Nomar Garciaparra. But make no mistake about it, these players – and the league itself – have John Wylde to thank.
Wylde is the President and Treasurer of the league’s Wareham Gatemen, a position he has held since 1983. He also has served as the Cape league statistician. None of those titles do justice to describing the contributions he has made to Cape league baseball over two and half decades.
News this past fall that Wylde has inoperable cancer shook the league and its fans. Cards and flowers flooded into Beth Israel Hospital in Boston where Wylde was undergoing treatment. In an unprecedented move, the Cape League moved immediately to induct Wylde into its Hall of Fame. And the league has declared its season opener this year – June 13th – as John Wylde Day.
Listen to our interview with Mr. Wylde on these topics:
What did it mean to you that the league moved so swiftly to induct you into the Cape league’s Hall of Fame?
While you were in the hospital you heard from some of the players who came through the Cape League? Who did you hear from and what words of encouragement did they offer?
How has the league changed over the past 25 years?
What is your favorite memory – from a game or season?
Look ahead, what is your hope for the Cape league?
CodBall interviewed you last year only days before the start of the 2007 season. You and I both had high hopes for the Wareham Gatemen. In fact I believe I picked them to go all the way. What happened?
We know your favorite ballpark. What is your second favorite?
On Monday morning, WCAI aired a short interview with Judy Scarafile, Cape League President. The interview focused on the previous weekend's events at the Cape Cod Baseball Expo in Chatham. The interview was conducted by Dan Tritle of WCAI, as part of a continued partnership with CodBall to provide Cape League coverage throughout the year. It is the 2nd of our two interviews with Judy. Enjoy!
In this CodBall Conversation, we chat with Cape Cod Baseball League President Judy Scarafile about last season and the season ahead. The President of the league led a delegation of Cape Cod Baseball League officials to Philadelphia recently where they attended the annual convention of the American Baseball Coaches Association.
As Major League baseball continues to respond to the Mitchell Report on steroids, amateur baseball prepares for the start of the college season in a few weeks. So while it is cold here on the Cape, and summer baseball seems a distant dream, the annual ritual of elite amateur baseball is waking from its winter slumbers.
Note to readers: The list of Cape Cod Baseball League alumni at the end of this post remains a working draft and of course will never be truly complete. The League and its teams continue to research and verify the names, affiliations and years on this list. But even in this draft state it shows the immense influence this league has had on the game of baseball. Thanks to the volunteers who have and continue to make it possible.The league continues to update the list and we will make their updates available periodically here on CodBall.
The Cape Cod Baseball League's public relations and broadcast director, John Garner (pictured center), is our first CodBall Conversation in partnership with National Public Radio's WCAI and WGBH. NPR's Dan Tritle and CodBall's Greg Shaw interview John about the league and its first ever comprehensive list of Cape Cod baseball players who went on to play in the Major Leagues.
The league has graciously given CodBall permission to publish this comprehensive list of CCBL alumni. It remains draft and incomplete, but it is already a gift to baseball lovers everywhere with more than 700 names that date back through the history of the game to the early 20th Century.
I found the list fascinating. Two Hall of Famers played on the cape -- Harold "Pie Traynor, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20s and 30s. Carlton Fisk played briefly on the Cape. Interestingly, two former Cape players were on this year's Hall of Fame ballot -- Todd Stottlemyre and Chuck Knoblauch.
CAPE COD BASEBALL LEAGUE ALUMNI
WHO PLAYED IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES
(Last Updated: Dec. 22, 2007)
Aardsma, David Falmouth, 2002 Adams, Glenn Chatham, 1980 Adams, Russ Orleans, 2001 Adkins, Joe Orleans, 1996 Aldrich, Jay Chatham, 1981 Allanson, Andy Harwich, 1982 Allensworth, Jermaine Cotuit, 1992 Allietta, Bob Falmouth, 1970 Almon, Billy Falmouth, 1972 & 1973 Alvarez, Gabe Chatham, 1993 & 1994 Alston, Garvin Brewster, 1990 & 1991 Alvarez, Gabe Chatham, 1993 & 1994 Amaro, Ruben Jr. Cotuit, 1985 Anderson, Brian Wareham, 1990 & 1991 Anderson, Brian Bourne, 2001; Cotuit, 2002 Anderson, Marlon Wareham, 1994 Anderson, Matt Chatham, 1996 Armstrong, Jack Wareham, 1985 & 1986 Atchison, Scott Wareham, 1996 Atkins, Garrett Cotuit, 1998 & 1999 Aurilia, Rich Hyannis, 1991 Austin, Jeff Cotuit, 1996
Bagwell, Jeff Chatham, 1987 & 1988 Bailey, Mark Wareham, 1981 Bailey, Roger Brewster, 1991 Baker, Scott Orleans, 2002 Bako, Paul Wareham, 1992 Balboni, Steve Falmouth, 1976; Y-D, 1977 Ballard, Jeff Orleans, 1984 Bankhead, Scott Wareham, 1983 Bannister, Brian Brewster, 2001 Barlow, Mike Harwich, 1969 Barnes, Brian Orleans, 1988 Bartee, Kimera Hyannis, 1992 Bartlett, Jason Harwich, 2000 Barzilla, Phil Falmouth, 2000 Baumgarten, Ross Hyannis, 1976 Bay, Jason Chatham, 1999 Bearse, Kevin Orleans, 1984 Beattie, Jim Harwich, 1974 Beckwith, Joe Cotuit, 1975 Belhorn, Mark Cotuit, 1993 Belitz, Todd Brewster, 1995 Belle, Albert Chatham, 1986; Hyannis, 1987 Beltran, Rigo Brewster, 1989 & 1990 Benes, Alan Y-D, 1991 Bennett, Eric Brewster, 1988 Benson, Kris Hyannis, 1994 Berger, Brandon Cotuit, 1995 Bergman, Dave Chatham, 1973 & 1974 Bergman, Dusty Cotuit, 1998 Berkman, Lance Wareham, 1996 Beverlin, Jason Cotuit, 1993 Bigbie, Larry Wareham, 1998 Biggio, Craig Y-D, 1986 Billings, Haskell Falmouth, 1926-1928 Blake, Casey Hyannis, 1993 Blank, Matt Wareham, 1996 Blanton, Joe Bourne, 2001 Blum, Geoff Brewster, 1993 Bluma, Jamie Hyannis, 1992 Boone, Aaron Orleans, 1993 Bordick, Mike Y-D, 1986 Bourn, Michael Y-D, 2002 Bourque, Pat Falmouth, 1968 Bradley, Scott Chatham, 1979 & 1980 Bragg, Darren Cotuit, 1989 Braun, Ryan Chatham, 2000; Cotuit, 2002 Braun, Ryan Brewster, ? Bray, Bill Orleans, 2003 Brazelton, Dewon Harwich, 1999 Bream, Sid Falmouth, 1980 Brewer, Rod Hyannis, 1986 Briley, Greg Hyannis, 1985 Briscoe, John Falmouth, 1987 Brizzolara, Tony Y-D, 1975 Broaca, Johnny Orleans ? Brohawn, Troy Wareham, 1993 Bruett. J.T. Cotuit, 1986-1988 Brumbaugh, Cliff Falmouth, 1994 Bruntlett, Eric Cotuit, 1997 Brusstar, Warren Chatham, 1971 Bubela, Jaime Wareham, 1999 Buchanan, Brian Brewster, 1993 Buddie, Mike Cotuit, 1990 & 1991 Buford, Damon Cotuit, 1989 & 1990 Bump, Nate Cotuit, 1996 Burnitz, Jeromy Hyannis, 1988 Burrell, Pat Hyannis, 1996 Bush, David Chatham, 2000 & 2001 Bush, Randy Wareham, 1978 Bynum, Mike Hyannis, 1997 & 1998 Byrnes, Eric Chatham, 1995; Hyannis, 1996 & 1997
Camp, Shawn Chatham, 1996 Campbell, Kevin Cotuit, 1984 Caneira, John Bourne, 1972; Chatham, 1973 Canizarro, Andy Cotuit, 1999 Capuano, Chris Cotuit, 1997 & 1998; Bourne, 1999 Carey, Paul Wareham, 1987 Carpenter, Cris Cotuit, 1986 Casey, Sean Brewster, 1994 Cash, Kevin Falmouth, 1999 Cato, Keefe Harwich, 1978 Cepicky, Matt Chatham, 1998 Cerutti, John Harwich, 1980 Chamberlain, Bill Harwich, 1932 Chapman, Travis Orleans, 1998 Charles, Frank Brewster, 1989 Choate, Randy Hyannis, 1996 Clapinski, Chris Wareham, 1990 & 1991 Clark, Jermaine Chatham, 1996 Clark, Will Cotuit, 1983 Clarke, Stan Wareham, 1980 Clemons, Chris Y-D, 1003 Clontz, Brad Wareham, 1991 Cogan, Tony Chatham, 1996 Colangelo, Mike Chatham, 1996 Comer, Steve Cotuit, 1974 Conine, Jeff Orleans, 1986 Cook, Andy Chatham, 1988 Coolbaugh, Scott Chatham, 1985 & 1986 Cora, Joey Chatham, 1984 Corbett, Doug Harwich, 1972 Cormier, Lance Wareham, 2000 Cox, Darron Harwich, 1987; Wareham, 1988 Creek, Doug Cotuit, 1990 Cressend, Jack Cotuit, 1995 & 1996 Cronin, Bill ? Curtis, John Chatham, 1967
Dacko, Mark Harwich, 1979 Dale, Carl Y-D, 1993 Daneker, Pat Wareham, 1995 & 1996 Darling, Ron Cotuit, 1980 Davidson, Claude ? Davis, Glenn Chatham, 1980 Davis, Gerry Harwich. 1978 Davis, Tommy Wareham, 1993 DeJesus, David Bourne, 1998; Chatham, 1999 Dellaero, Jason Orleans, 1996 DeLucia, Rich Wareham, 1984 Denman, Brian Cotuit, 1977 DePaula, Sean Cotuit, 1994; Hyannis, 1995 DeRosa, Mark Bourne, 1995 Diaz, Carlos Falmouth, 1984 Dickson, Lance Orleans, 1989 DiSarcina, Gary Harwich, 1987 Doran, Bill Falmouth, 1977 Dorsett, Brian Orleans, 1981 Dougherty, Jim Y-D, 1989 Downs, Scott Harwich. 1996 Dransfeldt, Kelly Falmouth, 1995 & 1996 Drees, Tom Chatham, 1984 Dressendorfer, Kirk Hyannis, 1988 Dubois, Jason Harwich, 1999 Duckworth, Brandon Brewster, 1997 Dugan, Joseph “Jumpin’ Joe” ? Dunbar, Matt Chatham, 1989 Duncan, Jeff Y-D, 1999
Echevarria, Angel Orleans, 1990 Eden, Mike Orleans, 1970 & 1971 Eiland, Dave Falmouth, 1986 Elder, Dave Hyannis, 1996 Eldred, Brad Harwich, 2000 Ellsbury, Jacoby Falmouth, 2004 Enos, Bill Orleans, 1936 Ensberg, Morgan Y-D, 1997 Ericks, John Chatham, 1987 Erickson, Matt Wareham, 1996 Erickson, Scott Cotuit, 1989 Erstad, Darin Falmouth, 1993, 1994 Etherton, Seth Chatham, 1995 & 1996
Fabregas, Jorge Wareham, 1989; Hyannis, 1990 Fariss, Monty Hyannis, 1987 Farr, Jim Wareham, 1976 & 1977 Farrell, John Hyannis, 1982 Figueroa, Nelson Wareham, 1994 Filson, Pete Hyannis, 1977 & 1978 Fiorentino, Jeff Cotuit, 2003 Fireovid, Steve Falmouth, 1977 Fisk, Carlton Orleans, 1966 Flaherty, John Harwich, 1987 Flanagan, Mike Chatham, 1967 Flener, Huck Chatham, 1989 Fletcher, Darrin Chatham, 1986 Flores, Randy Chatham, 1995 Flores, Ron Chatham, 1997 Fogg, Josh Hyannis, 1996 Foley, Marvis Falmouth, 1974 Fontenot, Mike Wareham, 2000 Fonville, Chad Y-D, 1991 Forbes, P.J. Chatham, 1988 Ford, Horace “Hod” ? Fossas, Tony Falmouth, 1978 Franco, John Cotuit, 1980 Freeman, Marvin Chatham, 1983 Funk, Tom Chatham, 1982
Gaillard, Ed Bourne, 1991 Gale, Rich Falmouth, 1974 Gall, John Orleans, 1997 Garciaparra, Nomar Orleans, 1993 Garko, Ryan Hyannis, 2001 & 2992 Gautreau, Walter “Doc” ? Gerut. Jody Harwich, 1996 & 1997 Giambi, Jeremy Bourne, 1994 Giarratano, Tony Cotuit, 2002 Gill, Eddie ? Girardi, Joe Cotuit, 1984 Glanville, Doug Wareham, 1990 Glavine, Mike Hyannis, 1994 Gload, Ross Hyannis, 1995 & 1996 Gomes, Wayne Orleans, 1992 Goodwin, Dan Cotut, 1973 Gordon, Don Hyannis, 1981 Gosling, Mike Orleans, 1999 Grabowski, Jason Chatham, 1995 & 1996 Granger, Wayne Sagamore, 1961 Grant, Tom Falmouth, 1977; Wareham, 1978 Green, Gary Chatham, 1982 Green, Tyler Hyannis, 1989 Greenberg, Adam Chatham, 2001 Greene, Charlie Wareham, 1990 Greene, Khalil Falmouth, 1999 & 2000 Greene, Ricky Brewster, 1990 Greene, Todd Y-D, 1992 Gregg, Tom Orleans, 1984 Gresinger, Seth Brewster, 1994 & 1995 Grieve, Tom Chatham, 1966 Griffiths, Jeremy Wareham, 1998 Grilli, Jason Brewster, 1994; Cotuit, 1995 Gross, Kip Hyannis, 1985 Guerrier, Matt Y-D, 1997 Gulliver, Glenn Orleans, 1975 Guthrie, Mark Harwich, 1986 Gwynn, Tony Brewster, 2002
Haas, Dave Harwich, 1986 Hairston, Jerry Bourne, 1996; Wareham, 1997 Hale, Walter Orleans, 1984 & 1985 Hall, Joe Y-D, 1987 Halsey, Brad Chatham, 2001 Hamelin, Bob Harwich, 1987 Hansen, Craig Harwich, 2004 Hanson, Erik Orleans, 1984 Harang, Aaron Cotuit, 1998 Harney, Todd Harwich, 1985; Orleans, 1986 Harris, Brendan Hyannis, 2000 & 2001 Hart, Bo Cotuit, 1998 Hart, Corey Brewster, 1996 Hart, Jason Chatham, 1997 Hawpe, Brad Y-D, 1999 Helton, Todd Orleans, 1994 Hemond, Scott Harwich, 1986 Henneman, Mike Wareham, 1983 Hennis, Randy Harwich, 1986 Herges, Matt Brewster, 1990 Hernandez, F.X. Orleans, 1985 Hesketh, Joe Cotuit, 1979 Hickerson, Bryan Cotuit, 1985 Higginson, Bobby Bourne, 1991 Hill, Aaron Wareham, 2001 Hill, Rich Chatham, 2000 & 2001 Hinske, Eric Hyannis, 1997 Hoey, James Hyannis, 2001 Hogan, Frank “Shanty” Osterville, 1924 Horton, Rick Chatham, 1988 Hough, Charlie Chatham, 1964 House, Craig Wareham, 1998 Howard, Chris Wareham, 1985 Howell, J.P. Bourne, 2002; Wareham, 2003 Howell, Ken Cotuit, 1981 Hoy, Peter Chatham, 1987 Hudson, Luke Y-D, 1996 Huff, Mike Falmouth, 1984 Huisman. Justin Cotuit, 1999 Huisman, Rich Chatham, 1989 Hughes, Bob Wareham, 1991 Humber, Philip Y-D, 2003 Hummel, Tim Bourne, 1998; Orleans, 1999 Humphreys, Mike Orleans, 1987
Ianetta, Chris Chatham, 2002 Ignasiak, Mike Orleans, 1986 & 1987 Incaviglia, Pete Wareham, 1983 Inge, Brandon Bourne, 1997 Inglett, Joe Chatham, 1997; Bourne, 1999 Innis, Jeff Cotuit, 1981 & 1982
Jackson, Conor Bourne, 2001 Jackson, Ryan Harwich, 1991 Jackson, Zack Hyannis, 2003 Jacquez, Tom Cotuit, 1996 Jarvis, Kevin Harwich, 1989; Cotuit, 1990 Jarvis, Ray Chatham, 1964 Jelic, Chris Hyannis, 1984 Jerzembeck, Mike Cotuit, 1993 Johnson, Joe Y-D, 1091 Johnson, Jonathon Orleans, 1995 Johnson, Mark P. Bourne, 1988 & 1989 Johnson, Reed Brewster, 1998 Jones, Barry Cotuit, 1983 Jones, Ross Hyannis, 1979 Jordan, Scott Hyannis, 1984 Journell, Jim Cotuit, 1998
Kamienicki, Scott Harwich, 1984 Kata, Matt Chatham, 1998 Kelly, Mike Orleans, 1990 Kennedy, Adam Falmouth, 1996 Kent, Jeff Cotuit, 1988 Keppinger, Jeff Orleans, 2000 & 2001 Kerrigan, Joe Orleans, 1972 Kiefer, Mark Chatham, 1987 Kielty, Bobby Brewster, 1998 Kiely, John Wareham, 1987 Kilgus, Paul Chatham, 1982 King, Kevin Wareham, 1988 Kinkade, Mike Falmouth, 1994 Klink, Joe Harwich, 1982 Knoblauch, Chuck Wareham, 1988 Knott, Eric Harwich, 1994 Koch, Billy Orleans, 1994 Koplove, Mike Chatham, 1997 Kotsay, Mark Bourne, 1994 Kubinsky, Tim Cotuit, 1992 Kucek, Jack Cotuit, 1973
LaFrancois, Roger Orleans, 1975 & 1976 Lane, Jason Hyannis, 1998 Lansing, Mike Harwich, 1988 LaRocca, Greg Orleans, 1993 Laskey, Bill Orleans, 1977 Lavalliere, Mike Y-D, 1981 Laxton, Brett Hyannis, 1996 Lazorko, Jack Cotuit, 1976 Leach, Jalal Wareham, 1989 Lee, Cory Falmouth, 1995 & 1996 Lefebvre, Joe Wareham, 1976 & 1977 Lefebvre, Wilfrid “Lefty” ?, 1936, 1937 Lehr, Justin Y-D, 1997 Levis, Jesse Orleans, 1988 Lewis, Rich Falmouth, 1986 Liefer, Jeff Chatham, 1995 Lilliquist, Derek Cotuit, 1986 & 1987 Lind, Adam Wareham, 2003 Linden, Todd Chatham, 2000 Loewer, Carlton Hyannis, 1994 Lombardozzi, Steve Falmouth, 1979 & 1980 Looper, Braden Cotuit, 1994 Lopez, Javier Falmouth, 1997 Lopez, Mickey Orleans, 1994 Loretta, Mark Falmouth, 1991 & 1992 Lorraine, Andrew Hyannis, 1991 & 1992 Lowell, Mike Chatham, 1994 Ludwick, Eric Harwich, 1992 Luecken, Rich Orleans, 1982 Luke, Matt Hyannis, 1991 Lusader, Scott Falmouth, 1985 Lyons, Barry Harwich, 1981
MacDougal, Mike Cotuit, 1997; Chatham, 1998 MacFayden, Danny “Deacon” Osterville, 1924; Falmouth, 1925 Madigan, Scott Hyannis, 1979 Magallanes, Evers Falmouth, 1986 Magrane, Joe Harwich, 1984 Maier, Mitch Harwich, 2002 Majewski, Val Falmouth, 2001 Maksudian, Mike Falmouth, 1987 Malykanas, Jake ? Mann, Jim Wareham, 1992 Marcum, Shaun Harwich, 2002 Martinez, Tino Falmouth, 1986 Marzano, John Wareham, 1982 Matheny, Mike Cotuit, 1989 Maurer, Dave Orleans, 1996 McAndrew, Jamie Hyannis, 1987 McCarty, Dave Cotuit, 1989 McCaskill, Kirk Y-D, 1980 McConnell, Sam Harwich, 1996 McDill, Allen Wareham, 1991 McDonald, Ben Orleans, 1989 McDonald, Jason Cotuit, 1993 McDonald, John Bourne, 1995 McDougall, Marshall Harwich, 1999 McGuire, Ryan Harwich, ? McIntosh, Tim Chatham, 1986 McKay, Cody Y-D, 1994 McMillan, Tom Chatham, 1972 McNichol, Brian Wareham, 1994 McPherson, Dallas Cotuit, 2000 Mecir, Jim Falmouth, 1990 Melhuse, Adam Harwich, 1991; Brewster, 1992 Mench, Kevin Chatham, 1998 Merloni, Lou Cotuit, 1992 Merullo, Matt Harwich, 1984 Merullo, Len Barnstable, 1935 Metcalfe, Mike Hyannis, 1993 Meyer, Brian Harwich, 1985 Meyer, Dan Cotuit, 2001 Meyer, Drew Chatham, 2000 & 2001 Miadich, Bart Cotuit, 1997 Michaels, Jason Orleans, 1996 Michalak, Chris Chatham, 1991 Millar, Kevin Harwich, 1992 Miller, Andrew Chatham, 2004 & 2005 Miller, Matt Wareham, 1994 & 1995; Hyannis, 1996 Militello, Sam Falmouth, 1989 Milton, Eric Falmouth, 1995 & 1996 Mirabelli, Doug Hyannis, 1990 Misch, Pat Falmouth, 2001 & 2002 Mitchell, Paul Falmouth, 1969-1971 Moeller, Chad Orleans, 1995 Mohr, Dustan Wareham, 1996 Molina, Gabe Bourne, 1994; Orleans, 1995 Monahan, Shane Y-D, 1993 Moncewicz, Freddie Hyan/Barns/Ost’ville, 1923-1935 Monsovitz, Fred Falmouth, 1925 Montgomery, Ray Chatham, 1989 Moore, Trey Chatham, 1993 Morales, Willie Orleans, 1991 Morandini, Mickey Y-D, 1987 Mordecai, Mike Y-D, 1988 Morgan, Kevin Chatham, 1989 Moriarty, Mike Chatham, 1994 Morman, Russ Orleans, 1982 Morris, Hal Harwich, 1985 Morris, John Wareham, 1981 Morris, Matt Hyannis, 1993 Morton, Kevin Hyannis, 1988 Mottola, Chad Brewster, 1991 Moulton. Lyle Brewster, 1990 Mueller, Bill Bourne, 1992 Mulder, Mark Bourne, 1997 Mullen, Scott Wareham, 1995 Munson, Thurman Chatham, 1967 Murphy, David Wareham, 2001 & 2002 Murphy, Tommy Wareham, 1999 Murray, Heath Harwich, 1993 Murton, Matt Wareham, 2001 & 2002 Musselman, Jeff Y-D, 1984 Myers, Mike Brewster, 1988 & 1989
Naehring, Tim Cotuit, 1987 Nagy, Chuck Harwich, 1987 Nash, Charles “Cotton” Cotuit, 1963 Neagle, Denny Y-D, 1988 Nelson, John Falmouth, 1998; Harwich, 1999 Neshek, Pat Wareham, 2001 Neu, Mike Brewster, 1998 & 1999 Newhan, David Y-D, 1993 & 1994 Nicholson, Kevin Wareham, 1996 Niekro, Lance Orleans, 1999 & 2000 Norris, Jim Orleans, 1969, 1970 Norton, Greg Chatham, 1992 Novoa, Rafael Harwich, 1987 & 1988
O’Brien, Dan Chatham, 1974 Ojeda, Augie Brewster, 1994 Ojala, Kirt Harwich, 1989 Olwine, Ed Hyannis, 1979 O’Neill, Paul Cotuit, 1974 & 1975 Ortiz, Russ Y-D, 1994 Otto, Dave Orleans, 1983 & 1984 Orvella, Chad Chatham, 2002 Owings, Micah Bourne, 2004
Pacilo, Pat Harwich, 1983 Pagliarulo, Mike Chatham, 1980 Paquette, Craig Brewster, 1988 Parrett, Jeff Wareham, 1982 Parris, Steve Y-D, 1988 Paul, Josh Cotuit, 1995 Payton, Jay Orleans, 1992 & 1993 Pazik, Mike Harwich, 1968; Orleans, 1970 Pember, David Orleans, 1998 Pena, Carlos Harwich, 1996; Wareham, 1997 Perez, Eduardo Brewster, 1989 Peterson, Chris Y-D, 1991 Peterson, Kyle Cotuit, 1995 & 1996 Petkovsek, Mark Chatham, 1985 & 1986 Phillips, Ed Chatham, 1963 Pisciotta, Mark Y-D, 1990 Pittaro, Chris Wareham, 1980; Chatham, 1981 Plansky, Tony Bourne, 1929, 1933-1939 Plummer, Irv “Jake” Orleans, ? Plympton, Jeff Wareham, 1985 Poff, John Wareham, 1972 & 1973 Polcovich, Kevin Hyannis, 1990 Powell, Ross Harwich, 1988 Pritchett, Chris Harwich, 1990 Proctor, Scott Orleans, 1996; Hyannis, 1997 Putnam, Pat Orleans, 1973 Putz, J J Y-D, 1997; Hyannis, 1998
Quinlan, Robb Cotuit, 1997 Quintanilla, Omar Cotuit, 2002 Quirk, Art ?
Raabe, Brian Wareham, 1989 Rabelo, Mike Hyannis, 2000 Raczka, Mike Y-D, 1982 Rakers, Jason Brewster, 1993 Ramos, John Cotuit, 1985 Ratliff, John Hyannis, 1992 Rath, Gary Brewster, 1993 Ray, Chris Bourne, 2002 Reames, Britt Y-D, 1994 Reardon, Jeff Cotuit, 1974-1976 Redus, Gary Cotuit, 1977 Reed, Eric Wareham, 2001 Reese, Kevin Chatham, 1999 Reichert, Dan Bourne, 1995 & 1996 Reminger, Mike Wareham, 1987 Renfroe, Laddie Cotuit, 1982 Rigby, Brad Orleans, 1992 Roberge, Bert Y-D, 1975 Roberts, Brian Chatham, 1998 Robertson, Mike Harwich, 1989 & 1990 Robinson, Dewey Chatham, 1975 Robinson, Ken Brewster, 1991 Rogers, Brian Orleans, 2002 Rogodzinski, Mike Orleans, 1969 Rohmeier, Dan Hyannis, 1986 Rolfe, Red Orleans, 1930 Rosenberg, Steve Falmouth, 1985 Ross, David Brewster, 1996 Rouse, Mike Brewster, 2000 Rowand, Aaron Brewster, 1996 & 1997 Rowdon, Wade Orleans, 1980 & 1981 Ryan, John “Blondy” ? Ruebel, Matt Wareham, 1988; Harwich, 1989 Ruffcom, Scott Y-D, 1989 Ruskin, Scott Falmouth, 1983
Saarloos, Kirk Cotuit, 1999 Sabo, Chris Orleans, 1982 Salmon, Tim Cotuit, 1988 Sandinha, Dane Cotuit, 1999 Santangelo, F.P. Brewster, 1988 Santovenia, Nelson Orleans, 1980 Saunders, Joe Harwich, 20011 Schoenweis, Scott Chatham, 1993 Schroeder, Bill Hyannis, 1978 Schuler, Dave Y-D, 1972 & 1973 Scott, Gary Wareham, 1987; Falmouth, 1988 Scott, Luke Falmouth, 2000 Sears, Todd Falmouth, 1996 Sebra, Bob Wareham, 1981 Seelbach, Chuck Orleans, 1967 Seitzer, Kevin Chatham, 1982 Servais, Scott Orleans, 1986 Shave, Joe Falmouth, 1989 Sheets, Andy Brewster, 1991 Sheets, Ben Wareham, 1998 Shoppach, Kelly Harwich, 2000 Showalter, Nat “Buck” Hyannis, 1976 Simmons, Brian Cotuit, 1994 Siwy, Jim Harwich, 1979 Sledge, Termel Brewster, 1997 Slocum, Brian Cotuit, 2001 Smith, Brick Hyannis, 1980 Smith, Mark Wareham, 1990 Smith, Mike Hyannis, 1999 Smith, Tommy Bourne, 1969 Smithson, Mike Orleans, 1975 Smyth, Steve Y-D, 1998 Snow, J.T. Orleans, 1988 Snyder, Cory Harwich, 1983 Snyder, Earl Wareham, 1996 Snyder, Kyle Chatham, 1998 Sobkowiak, Scott Falmouth, 1997 Sorenson, Lary Falmouth, 1975 Sorrento, Paul Harwich, 1985 Sowers, Jeremy Wareham, 2002 & 2003 Speier, Ryan Bourne, 2002 Spencer, Sean Cotuit, 1994 Spiezio, Scott Wareham, 1992; Cotuit, 1993 Sprague, Ed Cotuit, 1986 Sprowl, Bobby Wareham, 1976 Stanicek, Peter Orleans, 1984 Stanifer, Rob Orleans, 1993 Stark, Denny Wareham, 1995 Staton, Dave Brewster, 1988 Stauffer, Tim Chatham, 2002 Steinbach, Terry Cotuit, 1982 Stemie, Steve Chatham, 1996 Stenhouse, Mike Chatham, 1977-1979 Stern, Adam Harwich, 2000 Steverson, Todd Chatham, 1991 Stone, Steve Chatham, 1968 Stottlemyre, Mel Jr. Harwich, 1984 Stottlemyre, Todd Harwich, 1985 Strange, Doug Falmouth, 1984 Strickland, Scott Falmouth, 1996 Sullivan, Cory Y-D, 2000 Sullivan, Marc Orleans, 1977; Chatham, 1978 Swaggerty, Bill Wareham, 1978 Swartzbaugh, Dave Chatham, 1988 Sweeney, Mark Chatham, 1988; Y-D, 1990 Swisher, Nick Wareham, 2000
Tallet, Brian Wareham, 1997 & 1998 Tankersley. Taylor Brewster, 2002 Tamulis, Vito Osterville, 1929 Tapani, Kevin Falmouth, 1985 Teixeira, Mark Orleans, 1999 Telgheder, Dave Harwich, 1987 Terrell, Walt Chatham, 1979 Tettleton, Mickey Wareham, 1980 Teufel, Tim Cotuit, 1979 Tewksbury, Bob Wareham, 1980 Theiss, Duane Wareham, 1974 Theriot, Ryan Wareham, 2000 Thomas, Charles Orleans, 1999 Thomas, Frank Orleans, 1988 Thomas, Larry Y-D, 1990 Thomas, Stan Yarmouth, 1968-1970 Thompson, Mark Brewster, 1991 Thompson, Rich Cotuit, 1999 Timmons, Ozzie Falmouth, 1990 Tonis, Mike Brewster, 1998 Tracy, Andy Orleans, 1994 Tracy, Chad Orleans, 2000 Tracy, Jim Chatham, 1976 Trautwein, John Orleans, 1982 Traynor, Harold “Pie” Falmouth, 1919 Trombley, Mike Falmouth, 1988 Trujillo, Mike Orleans, 1981 Tsamis, George Falmouth, 1986-1988 Tudor, John Falmouth, 1975 Tufts, Bob Harwich, 1975 Turang, Brian Brewster, 1988 Turner, Chris Y-D, 1989 & 1990 Twitty, Jeff Hyannis, 1978
Utley, Chase Brewster, 1998; Cotuit, 1999
Valent, Eric Cotuit, 1996 Valentin, John Hyannis, 1988 Valentine, Bobby Yarmouth, 1967 Vance, Cory Falmouth, 1998 & 1999 Varitek, Jason Hyannis, 1991 & 1993 Vaughn, Greg Cotuit, 1984, 1985 Vaughn, Mo Wareham, 1987 & 1988 Ventura, Robin Hyannis, 1987 Vermilyea, Jamie Y-D, 2002 Villone, Ron Bourne, 1992 Vining, Ken Chatham, 1994 & 1996 Vitiello, Joe Hyannis, 1989 & 1990
Wagner, Billy Brewster, 1992 Walker, Todd Brewster, 1992 Wallace, Derek Chatham, 1991 Wallis, Joe Chatham, 1971 & 1972 Ward, Kevin Harwich, 1982 Wasdin, John Hyannis, 1992 Wasinger, Mark Cotuit, 1981 Wathan, Dusty Brewster, 1994 Watson, Allen Falmouth, 1990 Watson, Mark Y-D, 1994 Watson, Matt Wareham, 1998 Wayne, Gary Y-D, 1983 Wayne, Justin Y-D, 1998 Weaver, Jeff Falmouth, 1997 Wedge, Eric Y-D, 1988 Weiss, Walt Wareham, 1984 Wells, Kip Brewster, 1997 Wells, Terry Harwich, 1984 Welsh, Chris Y-D, 1976 Wendell, Turk Falmouth, 1987 Wengert, Don Hyannis, 1991 Weston, Mike Chatham, 1981 White, Matt Chatham, 1997 Widger, Chris Cotuit, 1991 Williamson, Antone Harwich, 1992 Williamson, Scott Chatham, 1996 Wilson, Brian Hyannis, 2002 Wilson, Dan Cotuit, 1999 Wilson, Kris Falmouth, 1995 & 1996 Winchester, Scott Chatham, 1996 Wine, Robbie Wareham, 1982 Wineapple, Ed Osterville, 1928 Winston, Darrin Y-D, 1987 Wise, Matt Y-D, 1995 Witmeyer, Ron Harwich, 1986 Witt, Bobby Chatham, 1983 Woodall, Brad Wareham, 1990 Woodson, Tracey Hyannis, 1983 Wright, Danny Y-D, 1998 Wunsch, Kelly Orleans, 1992
Yarnall, Ed Harwich, 1995 Youkilis, Kevin Bourne, 2000 Young, Chris Chatham, 2000 Young, Jason Y-D, 1998 Young, Pete Y-D, 1987
Zinter, Alan Harwich, 1988 Zito, Barry Wareham, 1998
Conor Gillaspie, the Cape Cod Baseball League's 2007 MVP and batting champion, spoke with CodBall early on a recent September morning from the athletic department of the Wichita State University Shockers. Listen to our latest CodBall Conversation. Conor, an articulate and thoughtful collegiate player, also is the #13 pro prospect in the nation and he comes from the nation's #13 ranked college program.
Everything about this kid points to serious baseball.
We talked with Conor about Wichita State's phenomenal bid in the College World Series and his experience playing with this year's runner-up in the Cape league, the Falmouth Commodores. He gives his perspectives on whether the CCBL is for show or competition and whether it's a pitcher's league or a hitter's league.
Justin Smoak, the Cape's 2006 MVP, also spoke with CodBall earlier this year.
As the 2007 Cape Cod Baseball League playoffs were about to get underway, NPR for the Cape and Islands (a service of WGBH in Boston) talked with me about the league, the playoffs and about CodBall. We thought we'd bring this short interview to you as a CodBall Conversation. Please listen to it and stay tuned for continuing collaborations between CodBall and WCAI.
Andrew and I caught up this past week with Jim Collins, author of The Last Best League which chronicles a season in the Cape Cod Baseball League. A number of books examine the storied Cape league, but Jim's narrative account of an entire Cape season is an enjoyable journalistic telling of the players, managers and dynamics of elite collegiate summer baseball. I would go so far as to say it's a must-read for any serious baseball fan regardless of the level of baseball that interests you.
CodBall sat down with Jim beneath a big tent behind home plate in Wareham during the middle of the 2007 All-Star game. Jim is a perfect blend of kindness and intensity. He happily accepted our offer for an interview on the spot and leaned into the questions with enthusiasm and knowledge.
In this interview, we ask Jim how the 2002 story of the league might be written differently if he were researching and writing it today (less access, he fears). Twice published in a collection of the best American sportswriting, Collins also reflects on his techniques as a writer and his favorite baseball writers. He also provides an audio "afterword" for the book.
Listen to our conversation with Jim Collins, and let us know what you think.
Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star and Bourne Braves second baseman Kevin Hoef (Iowa) has been among the batting leaders all season, and he stopped to talk with CodBall on Sunday after the loss to Chatham. Through the games of July 23rd, Kevin was batting .326.
Kevin talks about his decision to play on the Cape this season, the Braves' run-up to the playoffs, and this weekend's CCBL All-Star game.