for immediate release: 14 December 2008
Cape Cod League Hall of Fame Enshrines
CHATHAM , Mass. – For the first time in recent memory, there were no hurricanes, blizzards or torrential rain storms to deal with during the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Nov. 22 – just some cold weather, snow flurries and warm memories.
It was a glorious afternoon for eight new members of the CCBL’s ninth induction class who were honored before a near capacity crowd inside the Monomoy Theater at the scenic Chatham Bars Inn.
Former Cape League commissioner and current legal counsel Art Hyland shared the Fred Ebbett Lifetime Achievement Award with the Chatham Bars Inn, while league treasurer and web-site coordinator Steven B. Wilson accepted the Dick Sullivan Executive of the Year Award.
Innis set the tone with vivid memories how he first saw Lowell Park in a Sports Illustrated article and ended up pitching there the next summer and explaining he was impressed his plaque was first displayed at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum 45 years to the day the former president was assassinated.
In his remarks at the podium, DePriest called his summer on the Cape as the best two months of his life, while Hansen’s memory wasn’t quite as clear, but he was impressed being associated with all the other great players and coaches in the CCBL Hall of Fame.
The two major leaguers did not attend in person, but Sheets did send a video and Murton was represented by him mother Susan, who read a moving acceptance speech.
Last but not least at the podium was the sweet-swinging Stenhouse, whose father Dave was the first rookie pitcher ever to start an All-Star Game in 1962 for the Washington Senators. The younger Stenhouse played for Montreal, Minnesota and the Boston.
“Thanks again to the entire Cape Cod Baseball League for a HOF fabulous weekend,” said Stenhouse, who Chatham field manager John Schiffner displayd the best swing of any player he’d seen in over two decades . “We all will never forget the class operation and super memories.”