COTUIT, Mass. - Two fully-loaded teams were geared up and ready to play, but all eyes were on Cape Cod Baseball League icon Arnold Mycock Sunday evening as he made his way to the pitcher’s mound at the friendly confines of Lowell Park.
The press box at Cotuit’s Field of Dreams was dedicated in his honor to recognize his incredible 62 years of involvement with the Cape Cod Baseball League and Kettleers.
To commemorate the occasion, Mr. Mycock, an inaugural member of the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame in 2000, was presented with a Cotuit Kettleers team jersey, appropriately stitched with a bold number "1" on the back.
Accepting the honor, Mr. Mycock stated, "Thank you, I am honored from the bottom of my heart."
Originally from Somerset, Mass., Mycock moved to Cotuit at age 25, where he quickly took a keen interest in baseball.
Paul Logan, Cotuit Athletic Association President, allowed insightful background to the accomplishments and undeniable qualifications of Mr. Mycock and was more than eager to share information on the long-time volunteer and GM of the Kettleers.
Arnold joined the CCBL in 1950, becoming general manager of the Kettleers later that year, where he remained until 1994.
In 1994, he became general manager emeritus, a position he still holds today. What started as a good deed turned into a lifelong dedication to the sport of baseball and the Cape Cod Baseball League.
"Three or four of us would start raking the field, cutting the grass; helping out for free," reflected Mycock on how far the league has come, speaking of the improvements and how proud he is. Current GM Bruce Murphy said, "I appreciate the opportunity to know and work with him."
Mycock recognizes how far the league has come and is amazed by its progress. He recalls many experiences he’s had on the field, from watching kids hanging fence signs to mending injured players with his handy supply of band-aids and ointment. He remembers paying kids a nickel to chase and return foul balls, which he said was tough "as manager and trainer of the guys."
"He’s the pillar of Cape League, there is never going to be anyone like him," said Judy Walden Scarafile, President of the Cape Cod Baseball League. "He has always been a gentleman's gentleman, so easy to get along with you cannot help but love him."
At age 88, he’s still a volunteer at Lowell Park. "I still do what I can. I’m the official mailman!" This humorous quotation captivates the genuine pleasure Arnold has for his team and ballpark.
The standing ovation he received from the Cotuit crowd at his dedication ceremony demonstrated the respect and admiration the fans and community have for Arnold.