The Toys of Summer

By: CCBL Public Relations Office
Emma Dwinells' grandfather Ken Lambert poses at the 1992 Red Sox camp.
05/15/2017 8:31 AM -

Story by Emma Dwinells - CCBL Intern

     A smile spreads across my grandfather’s face as he opens the door to his study, as though he is seeing old friends for the first time. Sitting silently in neat rows, some are bright white, others brown from age or discolored from being used. All are covered in ink, some more than others. Some of their stories go back more than 60 years and have been told over the decades by multiple generations.

     "Let me show you the latest addition," he says with his eyes lighting up. "He used to play for the A's, you know." In his hand, he holds an autographed baseball signed by Thurman Munson.

     My grandfather's fascination with baseball began at the age of twelve, his attraction to the sport increased from there. His love for America’s favorite pastime grew throughout the years as he began to attend various major league games. After traveling from places as far as Toronto to the sunny landscapes of San Diego he had been to over two-hundred baseball games and over eighteen stadiums.

     There was a glimmer in his eyes as he reminisced about his favorite memories from the sport. He laughed as he recalled watching David Ortiz swat balls off the parking garage roof in spring training batting practice. His excitement heightened as he described the time he saw Carl Yastrzemski hit two out at the 67’ series.

     However, the true excitement and passion did not stem from his vast major league experience. While he describes some of the most historic moments in the major league, his fascination lies in the hands of a different league. A season that runs from June through August and is made up of ten teams and immeasurable talent.

     The Cape Cod Baseball League.

Ken Lambert, a lifelong fan of the CCBL and Chatham.

      My grandfather’s allegiance to his home town Chatham A’s grew throughout time. He began attending the games in his 20’s, saying he was as star struck at these games as he was any MLB game. He continued the tradition with his children, bringing them to the famous grassy hill that abuts the outfield.

     “When you are seven a foul ball is all you could ever wish for,” he says as he recalls almost being trampled by flocks of pint-sized kids chasing down what seemed to be a ball made of gold with diamond laces.

     A sense of nostalgia filled the room as we discussed the generations of families, players, and fans that have taken part in the fifty summers my grandfather has seen come and go. It doesn’t matter what age you are or what knowledge you have of the game the Cape League brings together every type of fan and forms a family.

     “I have seen hits, saves, and runs you wouldn’t believe. I have watched amateur college athletes form into men. I have watched some of the greatest players of all time play in my home town and then later in an MLB stadium.”

      The Cape League is the grassroots of baseball. It is a classically played game with remarkable talent. The atmosphere allows families, players and fans to connect and share their love for the game. These days whether it's watching the Red Sox on TV, going to Jet Blue Park for Spring training, bidding on a new ball for his collection or sitting in the outfield for an A's game, this fan can't live without baseball.


Search Archive »

RSS

Browse by Year »
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
0

Browse by Month »
October 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
December 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
August 2003
July 2003
August 2002
July 2002
June 2002
August 2001
July 2001
June 2001
November 2000
August 2000
July 2000
June 2000