12/11/2007 3:50 PM
Cape League Teams Partner with
Salvation Army during Holiday Season
CAPE CAPE COD, Mass. – Representatives from Cape Cod Baseball League franchises have partnered with Salvation Army volunteers outside stores, banks and public gatherings all across Cape Cod during the Holiday season.
The individual CCBL franchises have joined forced with the Salvation Army to help provide funds for the needy and homeless, outside local businesses in Chatham, Harwich, Hyannis, Falmouth, Marstons Mills, Orleans, Wareham and Yarmouth,
“It’s the first time we’ve partnered with the Salvation Army and we’re absolutely thrilled to be involved with such an important organization, especially during the holidays,” said Cape League President Judy Walden Scarafile.
The Cape League has also teamed with the Salvation Army in the program, "Teens Love Christmas", assisting over 400 teenagers across the Cape and islands with gifts during the holiday season.
Founded in 1865 by ordained Methodist minister William Booth and his wife Catherine, the Salvation Army was dedicated to preaching among the "unchurched" people living in the midst of London’s poverty-stricken areas. In addition to preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, Booth became involved in the feeding and shelter of the hungry and homeless and in rehabilitation of alcoholics.
Booth and his followers became The Salvation Army in 1878, when that organization evolved on a quasi-military pattern. Booth became "the General" and officers' ranks were given to his ministers. The Salvation Amy has functioned successfully within that structure for more than a century. Its outreach has expanded to include more than 100 countries, and the Gospel is preached by its officers in more than 160 languages. More than 30 million people a year are aided by services provided by The Salvation Army.
ABOUT THE CAPE COD BASEBALL LEAGUE
Beginning its 124th season in 2008, the 10-team Cape League originated in 1885 with individual town teams, was reorganized into the Cape Cod Baseball League in 1923 with teams in Chatham, Falmouth, Hyannis and Osterville and is now the premier collegiate baseball summer league in the country.
A total of 198 former Cape Leaguers currently populate major league rosters, including World Series MVP Mike Lowell (Chatham ’94) and captain Jason Varitek (Hyannis ’91 & ’93) of the Boston Red Sox, AL Manager of the Year Eric Wedge (Yarmouth-Dennis ’88), AL Comeback Player of the Year Carlos Pena (Harwich ‘96/Wareham ’97) former Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito (Wareham ’97 & ’98), former AL MVP Frank Thomas (Orleans ’88), former AL batting champion Nomar Garciaparra (Orleans ’93), former NL Fireman of the Year Billy Wagner (Brewster ‘92) and newly-named New York Yankees manager Joe Giardi (Cotuit '84).
Cape League alumni of yesteryear include Baseball Hall of Famer Harold “Pie” Traynor (Falmouth ’19), former New York Yankee greats ‘Jumpin’ Joe Dugan, Robert “Red” Rolfe (Orleans ’30) and Thurman Munson (Chatham ’67), former Texas Rangers and New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine (Yarmouth ’67), Cy Young Award winners Steve Stone (Chatham ’68) and Mike Flanagan (Falmouth ’72), Rolaids Fireman-of-the-Year Jeff Reardon (Cotuit ’74-76), long-time major league scouts Len Merullo (Barnstable ’35) and Bill Enos (Orleans ’36) and Major League Manager of the Year Nat “Buck” Showalter (Hyannis ’76).