Topics: Chatham Anglers

Recapping The Cape League's Return To Play

By: Brad Joyal

They came. They got vaccinated. They played. This summer the Cape Cod Baseball League faced a challenge it hadn’t seen since World War II: It had to come back and play a season following a summer without baseball. The Cape’s year-round residents and summer tourists packed the ballparks and the CCBL set new attendance records all summer long, beginning in June when the league’s five opening day crowds drew 1...

SOUTH YARMOUTH – It goes without saying that many Cape Cod Baseball League players are tremendous athletes. Even so, some are more athletic than others. Over the years, the Cape League has attracted some of the nation’s top collegiate ballplayers. Their talent isn’t limited to the diamond, though—former Oklahoma University star Kylar Murray played for the Harwich Mariners in 2017 and now plays quarterback for ...

Chatham manager Tom Holliday doesn’t mince his words. Ask the Anglers skipper about any aspect of the Cape Cod Baseball League and he’ll shoot you straight, often offering a colorful sound-byte that provides a glimpse at the manager’s unique outlook of baseball. Knowing Holliday is forthright, it makes the manager’s analysis of Chatham shortstop Josh Rivera all the more impressive. “He’s the real deal. He’s...

COTUIT – Slowly, John DeGirolamo rubs a fresh baseball in the palms of his mud-stained hands. “This is Lena Blackburne’s rubbing mud,” he says. “It comes from a top-secret location on the shores of the Delaware River.” DeGirolamo points out that this particular mud — commonly used to rub new baseballs — was featured on Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs a number of years ago. He remembers the show’s host, Mike ...

CHATHAM – It’s not always easy for Cape Cod Baseball League teams to come together. With an ever-changing carousel of teammates coming and going as players are added and subtracted to and from rosters, each week can feel like a new round of the name game for players and coaches. For the players, the process of meeting and learning about their new teammates can be similar to arriving at college as a freshman. T...

Eric Zmuda was riding high in early 2020. It was for good reason, too. He had completed the 2019 summer — the first in which he served as Cape Cod Baseball League commissioner — and was gearing up for a second season he anticipated would run even more smoothly than his first. “Going into year two as a commissioner was pretty exciting,” Zmuda said. “Year one was a good success with all 10 organizations. I ha...

BUZZARDS BAY – The Chatham Anglers were one out away from achieving a feat no other Cape Cod Baseball League team has been able to accomplish this summer: defeating the Bourne Braves. Chatham overcame an early deficit Monday night to garner a one-run lead in the top of the fifth inning and preserved it until the final out of the bottom of the ninth. That’s when Bourne pinch-hitter Braylen Wimmer (South Carolin...

CHATHAM – It doesn’t matter if you have been around the game of baseball your entire life. Perhaps you played for years or coached for decades or have attended hundreds of games over the years. It doesn’t matter if you are a lifelong baseball disciple or a casual fan, there are many unknown wrinkles of the game that are waiting to be discovered. Those in attendance at the Chatham Anglers’ home opener against t...

Cape League Opens ’21 Season This Weekend

By: Brad Joyal

The wait is down to the last couple days. For the first time since Aug. 9, 2019, when the Cotuit Kettleers defeated the Harwich Mariners 10-3 to capture the Cape Cod Baseball League title, the top collegiate summer baseball league in the nation will return this weekend after the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19. There will be a full slate of opening day games on Sunday, with all 10 of the league’s team...

CHATHAM – The smudged sight of red, white and blue could be seen filling the stands at Veterans Park from the parking lot way off in the distance. For the first time since 2019, the home colors were on full display at the home of the Chatham Anglers. The Chatham and Cape Cod baseball communities met at the park Saturday afternoon to say goodbye to Paul Galop, a longtime Chatham Anglers volunteer and team offic...

CHATHAM – Paul Galop wasn’t an apathetic person. When he got involved with something, he gave it his all. “He just jumped right into everything,” said Laurie Galop, Mr. Galop's wife and best friend of 43-and-a-half years. “If we went to the store, we didn’t go for a couple things, we’d come home with several bags of groceries. It wasn’t like you would buy one paper towel roll — you’d buy a half dozen. He did e...

The schedule is set, the overwhelming majority of COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and the countdown to the start of the Cape Cod Baseball League season is underway. The excitement surrounding the league’s return to play has been boiling for more than a year, and it’s finally almost time to play ball once again. “We’re very excited and very anxious to get back and open up the season this year,” said H...

Imagine watching your children or grandchildren play a game of catch with a future big-league pitcher in your backyard, or serving a hamburger to baseball’s next great slugger during your family’s summer barbecue. Those are a few examples of the experiences host families have when they welcome Cape Cod Baseball League players into their homes during the summer months. America’s top collegiate summer basebal...