24 July 2008
Art Hyland and Chatham Bars Inn
Named Recipients of Cape League’s
2008 Lifetime Achievement Awards
CHATHAM, Mass. -- Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame Committee Chairman and Commissioner Paul Galop announced today that for the first time two recipients have been chosen for the Fred Ebbett Lifetime Achievement Award, Presentations will be made at the league’s annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony in November.
The co-winners are former league commissioner Art Hyland of Hyannisport and the Chatham Bars Inn, which will receive a newly instituted corporate award for its eight years of support to the league and more than a decade of support to the Chatham A's. The magnificent, four-star waterfront resort is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.
"CBI has been an incredible corporate partner with the Cape League for several years. We look forward to this opportunity to recognize their support," said Judy Walden Scarafile, president of the league.
The CBI partnership includes being one of the largest financial sponsors to the Cape League in addition to hosting the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony and brunch. Paul Zeust, managing director for Chatham Bars Inn, is expected to accept the Fred Ebbett Lifetime Achievement Award for the resort during the induction ceremonies there on Nov. 22.
Hyland served as the Cape League’s commissioner from 1978 to 1982 and currently serves the league as its corporate counsel.
A former student-athlete at Princeton University who was a teammate of All-America forward Bill Bradley and current Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino, Hyland was associate commissioner of the Centerville-based Eastern College Athletic Conference and supervisor of basketball and football officials for the Big East.
"The selection of Art Hyland as recipient of the Fred Ebbett Lifetime Achievement Award is very well deserved and fitting,” said Galop. “His unwavering dedication and contributions to our league have been not only been greatly appreciated, but also legendary, and this recognition of his service is very appropriate."
ABOUT THE CAPE COD BASEBALL LEAGUE
The Cape Cod Baseball League is recognized as the best amateur summer league in the country by college coaches and professional baseball scouts. Players from around the U.S.A. and all college divisions are recruited to play in the CCBL.
The current 10-team Cape League originated in 1885 with individual town teams. It was, reorganized in 1923 with teams in Chatham, Falmouth, Hyannis and Osterville and again in 1963 and is now the premier collegiate baseball summer league in the country.
In 2007. more than 1,000 Cape League alumni performed at all levels of professional baseball, including a record total of 212 on Major League rosters. Among them were American League Comeback Player of the Year Carlos Pena (Harwich ’96, Wareham ’97) former Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito (Wareham ’97, ’98), former AL MVP Frank Thomas (Orleans ’88), former AL batting champion Nomar Garciaparra (Orleans ’93), former NL Fireman of the Year Billy Wagner (Brewster ‘92), Red Sox World Series MVP Mike Lowell (Chatham ’94), captain Jason Varitek (Hyannis ’91, ’93), Gold Glove first baseman Kevin Youkilis (Bourne ’00) and rookie outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (Falmouth ’04). Other alumni of note include 2007 AL Manager of the Year Eric Wedge (Yarmouth-Dennis ’88) of the Cleveland Indians and first-year New York Yankees manager Joe Giardi (Cotuit '84).
The ever-growing list of Cape League alumni totals some 740 names, including Baseball Hall of Famer Harold “Pie” Traynor (Falmouth ’19), former New York Yankee greats Red Rolfe (Orleans ’30) and Thurman Munson (Chatham ’67), former Major League managers Bobby Valentine (Yarmouth ’67) and Buck Showalter (Hyannis ’76), Cy Young Award winners Steve Stone (Chatham ’68) and Mike Flanagan (Falmouth ’72), Firemen-of-the-Year Wayne Granger (Sagamore ’62) and Jeff Reardon (Cotuit ’74-’76) and Major League scout Lennie Merullo (Barnstable ’35).
John Garner, Jr.
Director of Public Relations & Broadcasting
Interns: Chris Blake, James Chandley, Ashley Crosby, Phil Garceau, Stefanie Marini, Laura Rasmussen