for immediate release: 5 September, 2003
Bob Stead will not seek sixth term
Stead, who was elected commissioner after Dick Marr decided not to run again in 1999, has presided over the Cape League during an unparalleled era of success, both on and off the field.
“I feel honored to have served the league as its commissioner during the past five years,” said Stead, who hopes to remain involved with the CCBL in a lesser capacity. “There’s no question I learned a lot about the league and about myself during this time and I met so many great people.
Among the highlights of Stead’s tenure as commissioner is the league’s close relationship with major league baseball and the NCAA, an umpiring agreement with the Centerville-based Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), his relationship with the field managers and the installation of the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame, which will enshrine it fourth induction class on November 8 at the Chatham Bars Inn.
“We greatly appreciate Bob’s dedication to the Cape League,” said CCBL President Judy Walden Scarafile. “He was instrumental in the formation of the Cape League Hall of Fame and the wonderful relationship we have with Heritage Museums & Gardens. We will long remember Bob’s contributions to the league.”
Stead began his association with the Cape League in 1971, when he began serving a three-year stint as assistant coach of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox under field manager Red Wilson. He took over as field manager upon Wilson’s retirement in 1975 and served three years in that capacity, leading the Red Sox to two playoff appearances, including a championship series loss to Cotuit in 1977.
He served as a major league scout for the New York Yankees from 1979-83 and again from 1986-92, before taking over as field manager of the Bourne Braves from 1994-96. During that time, he served on the league’s executive committee as the representative from the Braves organization and was the coach’s liaison to the committee.
Stead works as a guidance councilor at Dennis-Yarmouth High School, where he has worked for 31 years. He is a former head baseball, women’s basketball, junior varsity men’s basketball and girl’s volleyball coach at D-Y. Bob has served as women’s basketball and assistant baseball coach at St. Joseph’s College in Windham, Maine in 1986-87, when he led the women hoopsters to the Elite 8 of the NAIA tournament in Kansas City.
Bob lives in Yarmouth Port with his wife, Connie. He is a 1965 graduate of Dennis-Yarmouth High School and earned his bachelor’s degree at Doane College in Nebraska.
With roots dating back to 1885, the Cape Cod Baseball League is the oldest and most prestigious summer collegiate baseball league in the country.
John Garner, Jr.