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Gavitt Selected for Basketball Hall of Fame

for immediate release: 18 April, 2006

Former Orleans Field Manager Dave Gavitt
Selected for Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

CAPE COD, Mass. – Former Cape Cod Baseball League field manager and basketball coaching legend Dave Gavitt has been selected for induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Gavitt, former Dartmouth and Providence basketball coach, founder and first commissioner of the Big East and former CEO of the Boston Celtics, joins fellow inductees Geno Auriemma, Charles (Round Mound of Rebound) Barkley, Joe Dumars, Sandro Gamba and Dominique (Human Highlight Film) Wilkins. They will be inducted at a ceremony at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., on Sept. 9. A native of Peterborough, N.H., and current resident of East Providence, R.I., Gavitt summers on the Cape at his home in Hyannisport and can often be seen attending CCBL games. He is a 1959 graduate of Dartmouth, where he played on the basketball and baseball teams. Dave, who was also an assistant baseball coach at Dartmouth, was field manager for the Orleans Cardinals in the 1960’s.

CCBL Trio Lead UNC to Top Spot in College Baseball
     The talented Cape League junior pitching triumvirate of Andrew Miller (Chatham), Robert Woodard (Chatham) and Daniel Bard (Wareham) combined to allow just one earned run on 19 hits in 22 innings over the weekend vs. Virginia Tech and has paced North Carolina to a superlative 31-7 record (12-6 ACC) and a No. 1 ranking in the Collegiate Baseball Top 25 poll for the first time in the program’s history. The 6’6” flame-throwing Miller, now a perfect 8-0 this season and expected to be the top selection in the Major League Baseball Draft in June, struck out two batters Friday to move into sixth place on the Tar Heels' career list. He has 258 K’s over the last three seasons at UNC. Woodard improved to 4-1 this season, 20-3 in his career, and 13-0 at home. His career winning percentage of .870 is second all-time at North Carolina. A winner of 15 of his last 16 decisions, Woodard lowered his ERA to 3.57 and has 31 strikeouts and 12 walks in 58 innings. Bard, now 4-2, picked up his first win since March 11 against Virginia Tech Sunday. He allowed no earned runs, five hits and struck out five.

Cape League Officers and Sponsors Wait for Charity
     The Cape Cod Child Development's 3rd Annual Celebrity Dinner, to be held April 27 at New Seabury, will feature several CCBL officers and supporters as wait staff, including deputy commissioner Dick Sullivan; long-time Cape League sponsors Gwen Dadoly, president of the Cape Cod Region of Bank of America; Dave Curtis, president of The Community Bank; and CCBL president Judy Walden Scarafile, winner of the "waiter of the year" in 2004 by raising the most money in tips. League sponsor Randy Shepard of Eye Health Services won the award in 2005. Anyone interested in supporting this event can contact the league office at 508-432-6909.

CCBL Interns Set for Summer of 2006
     The Cape League has announced its public relations and marketing interns for the summer of 2006. They include Johnna DeChristoforo (Suffolk and Bentley), who will cover the Brewster Whitecaps and Harwich Mariners; Jonathan French (Ithaca) – Chatham A’s and Orleans Cardinals; Nicholas Mucci (Clemson) – Cotuit Kettleers and Falmouth Commodores; Courtney Reilly (BU) – Hyannis Mets and Y-D Red Sox; and Daniel Scalia (Flagler) – Bourne Braves and Wareham Gatemen.
     Feature writers include Chad Burkart (Lesley College) and Lauren Malone (Boston College), while Michael Kydd (Mount St. Vincent) will be the All-Star Game intern and Elizabeth Morse (Providence) of Centerville will be the marketing intern.
     Kevin Wolfe (Stonehill) and Ryan Barnicle (Eckerd) will serve as administrative interns working with League Commissioner Paul Galop.
     In addition to writing team articles and feature stories, the interns will disseminate official CCBL scorecards, available at every league game to the first 50 fans, in addition to a complimentary Cape Cod Times newspaper.

Eric Adler named Contributing Writer for CCBL Web Site
     Eric Adler, sports writer for the Cape Cod Chronicle, has been named a contributing writer for the CCBL Web site, www.capecodbaseball.org. Adler will be writing team and player articles and feature stories for the Web site. He won a New England Press Association Award in 2002, for his story detailing one week in the life of Harwich Mariners baseball player Tony Festa. 

Around The Horn
     The next CCBL Executive Committee meeting will be held Wednesday, May 3 at a time and place TBD. A full Board of Directors meeting will be held Wednesday, May 24 at a time and place TBD.
     Former Hyannis Mets announcer Bret Lasky broadcasted the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship between Maryland and Duke from the TD Banknorth Garden on WMUC Radio.
     The CCBL Tryout will be held June 3 in Wareham.
     A CCBL pre-season team will play two exhibition games against the touring U.S. Military Armed Forces Team on June 10 at Chatham at 7 p.m. and June 11 in Cotuit at 4.
     The CCBL First Pitch Brunch is scheduled for Sunday, June 11 at 9:30 a.m., preceded by a GM meeting at 8:30.
     There will be a meeting for PA announcers and Internet broadcasters June 15 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the new Holiday Inn on Route 132 in Hyannis.
     With the addition of lights at McKeon Park in 2006, the Hyannis Mets will begin all their home games at 7 p.m., except for the Friday, July 27 game, during Scouts Week.
     CCBL games at neutral sites include Bourne vs. Falmouth at Sandwich on June 26 at 7 p.m., and Wareham vs. Hyannis at New Bedford on July 7 at 7 p.m.

 

John Garner, Jr.
Director of Public Relations & Broadcasting
(508) 790-0394 johnwgarner@earthlink.net 

Will Bussiere
Web Editor
bussiere@capecodbaseball.org