CHATHAM – The Cape Cod Baseball League likes to think of itself as “America’s League.” On Saturday, the five members of its 2014 Hall of Fame class will receive a special honor from a member of America’s Congress.
The congressman admits to being an unabashed fan of the Cape Cod Baseball League, explaining: “To any real baseball fan, the Cape Cod League represents a certain pureness. Whether for the players, sponsors or fans, there is a closeness there that is unparalleled in any other baseball setting. On Saturday, we will be honoring those individuals who made an indelible contribution to its success.”
This is not the first time Rep. Keating has participated in a signature Cape League event. On Friday, July 29, 2011, his pre-recorded message appeared on Fenway Park’s scoreboard video screen during the Cape League All-Star game’s pre-game ceremonies, Congressional duties kept him in Washington on game day, but his video, which included a statement from President Obama, paid tribute to the family of Christina-Taylor Green, a 9-year-old third-grader who died in the Tucson, Ariz., shootings earlier in the year which nearly took the life of Arizona Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords.
During that ceremony, the Greens received a Cape League baseball that had been carried on the space shuttle Endeavour, piloted by Giffords’ husband, shuttle commander Capt. Mark Kelly. The “spaceball” circled the Earth 248 times during its 15-day journey to and from the International Space Station and carried the signatures of Capt. Kelly and Endeavour’s five other crew members.