By RUSS CHARPENTIER
CHATHAM - The Cape Cod Baseball League inducts the fifth Hall of Fame class tomorrow in a Chatham Bars Inn ceremony that has quickly become a must-see for area baseball fans.
Hall of Fame Class of '04
Roy Bruninghaus, Orleans Cardinals player
Bob Butkus, Cotuit Kettleers player
John Caniera, Bourne Canalmen and Chatham A's pitcher
Will Clark, Cotuit Kettleers player
Pat Hope, Hyannis Mets pitcher
Eric Milton, Falmouth Commodores pitcher
Jim Norris, Orleans Cardinals player
Don Reed, Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox and Wareham Gatemen field manager
Dave Staton, Brewster Whitecaps player
Tello Tontini, Sagamore player
WBZ-TV's Scott Wahle will be master of ceremonies at the induction ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. After a noon luncheon, Kara Henderson of NFL Network will moderate a town-meeting style press conference.
Current major league pitcher Eric Milton and former San Francisco Giants slugging first baseman Will Clark headline the 10-member class, all of whom were stars on Cape diamonds.
The newest 10 members bring the number of Hall residents to 52. The Hall of Fame is located at Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich.
Joining Milton and Clark as 2004 inductees are Roy Bruninghaus, a three-decade all-star in the1930s, '40s and '50s; Bob Butkus, a lefty hurler from Cotuit in the '60s; John Caniera, who put up impressive pitching numbers for Bourne and Chatham in the early '70s; Pat Hope, whose 11 wins for Hyannis in 1987 are the most in the modern era; former league MVP Jim Norris of Orleans; Don Reed, the winningest manager in league history; slugging Dave Staton, whose 16 homers for Brewster in 1988 are a wood-bat record; and seven-time all-star and two-time MVP Tello Tontini, who dominated the post World War II years.
"It's a great class,'' said Cape League commissioner Paul Galop, who is thrilled that all the inductees except for Caniera will be attending. Caniera is unable to attend because of a serious illness in the family, Galop said.
The Fred Ebbett Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to former Orleans Cardinals public address announcer Ed Mooney, whose down-home style made him extremely popular with Cardinals fans.
One of the highlights of the induction should be the presentation of Staton by his house mother during the 1988 season, Ann Sullivan of Brewster. In 2002, Jason Varitek was presented by his house mother from his Cape League years, Kelly King of Marstons Mills.
(Published: November 12, 2004)