2023 CCBL Hall of Fame Class Announced
West Yarmouth, MA - Six individuals will comprise the 22nd induction class of the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame, with the ceremony to be held Nov. 19 at the Wequassett Inn in Harwich, MA.
The announcement came today from CCBL Hall of Fame Committee Co-Chair John Garner at the League’s First Pitch Brunch, at the 99 Restaurant in West Yarmouth.
This year’s honorees include former MLB star Lance Berkman, Mitchell Jordan, Max Pentecost, Glenn Davis, Jim Higgins, and Mary Henderson.
Here is the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame Class of 2023:
Lance Berkman - Wareham
Hailing from Waco, Texas, the two-time Rice All-American took the CCBL by storm in 1996, winning the batting title with a .352 average for the Gatemen. Lance played 15 seasons in the major leagues, including his first 11 with the Astros. In 1997, Berkman was named the National College Player of the Year, hitting .431 with 41 HRs, 134 RBI, and 109 runs, leading the Owls to their first College World Series appearance. He hit .385 in college, with 67 HRs and 272 RBI. Berkman was selected 16th overall by the Houston Astros in the 1997 MLB Draft. Berkman would go on to become a six-time MLB All-Star and a World Series champion in 2011 with Cardinals. He finished his MLB career with a .293 batting average, 366 HRs, and 1,234 RBI. Berkman currently is the head baseball coach at Houston Christian University.
Mitchell Jordan - Orleans
Pitching for Orleans during the 2015 CCBL season, there was nobody better on the mound than Mitchell Jordan, who captured the Benjamin F.C. Whitehouse Outstanding Pitcher Award. The Orleans righty finished with a 0.21 ERA, tied for the all-time record with CCBL Hall of Famer Eric Milton (Falmouth, 1996). In eight games started, he had a perfect 6-0 record. Jordan finished the season with 46 strikeouts, while walking just six batters over 43 innings. He was named CCBL Pitcher of the Week twice during the summer and was named to the All-League team. Jordan helped lead Orleans to a first-place regular season finish in the Eastern Division. Jordan was drafted in the 10th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics, and spent four years in their minor league system. He is presently a Proposal Analyst with Raytheon Missiles & Defense in Orlando, Florida.
Max Pentecost - Bourne
Max Pentecost arrived in Bourne in 2013 coming from Kennesaw State University. As a junior at Kennesaw State, he won the Buster Posey Award which recognizes the best catcher across college baseball. During the CCBL season in 2013, Pentecost finished the season top five in numerous offensive categories, including batting average (.346), HRs (6), RBI (29), on-base percentage (.424), and slugging percentage (.538). He was awarded the Pat Sorenti Most Valuable Player Award, in addition to being named a starter on the West Division All-Star team and the catcher on the CCBL All-League team at the end of the season. Pentecost was selected 11th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2014 MLB Draft, and spent five years in their minor league system.
Glenn Davis - Chatham
A product of Manatee Junior College, Glenn Davis helped lead the 1980 Chatham team to a first-place regular season finish, before losing in the finals to Falmouth. That season Davis finished second in the league in batting average, hitting .377. He was also second in many other league categories including runs (45), hits (61), HRs (10), and RBI (44). Davis was selected as the starting designated hitter for the Cape Cod Baseball All-Stars, which defeated the Atlantic Coast All-Stars 9-8 at Yankee Stadium. He was also named an All-League outfielder at the end of the season. Davis spent 10 seasons in MLB, playing for the Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles. He was named an MLB All-Star in both 1986 and 1989. In 1986 he was a Silver Slugger Award winner at first base, and finished second in NL MVP voting.
Jim Higgins - League Executive
An administrative jack-of-all-trades, Jim Higgins first volunteered with the Cape League in the 1970’s as an official scorer. Over the next 40 years, Higgins dedicated his time and energy helping build the CCBL into the best collegiate summer baseball league in the country. His numerous roles included official scorer, league publicist, and Senior Vice President. He sat on the Finance, Broadcasting, Safety and Bylaws committees, and was a founding member of the CCBL Hall of Fame. Higgins was instrumental in the expansion of the CCBL from eight teams to 10, with Bourne and Brewster joining the league in 1988. In 2017, he was awarded the Fred Ebbett Lifetime Achievement Award for integrity, contributions and mentorship to the league. In recognition of Higgins efforts to better the Cape League and Cape Cod Community, his friends, family, and colleagues at RogersGray established a grant to name the new theater in CCBL Hall of Fame Museum in his name.
Mary Henderson - Harwich & League Executive
The long-time Harwich resident, Mary Henderson got involved with the Mariners in 1982 as a host mother, before becoming President of the Harwich Athletic Association in 1984, which she has held for the past 40 years. During Henderson’s time with Harwich, she has overseen the franchise win CCBL Championships in 1983, 1987, 2008, and 2011. She has served with distinction in various capacities within the CCBL, including Vice President and chair of the Nominating, Merchandise and Hall of Fame committees. Henderson oversees all aspects of the Mariners organization, including interns, concessions, and the team’s post-game meals. In 2019, Henderson was recognized with the Dick Sullivan Executive of the Year Award. This upcoming summer, Henderson and the Harwich organization will host the CCBL All-Star Game at Whitehouse Field. The Henderson family has hosted scores of Harwich players including CCBL Hall of Famers Casey Close, Scott Kamieniecki and Pat Pacillo.
About Cape Cod Baseball League
The Cape Cod Baseball League is the premier amateur summer baseball league for college athletes. Players come from around the country to play for one of the ten teams on the Cape. Officially formed in 1923, the Cape Cod Baseball League has helped thousands of players achieve their dreams of making it to the major leagues, including the top selection in four of the past five MLB Drafts and 377 players during the 2022 MLB season.