November 12, 2012 - Cape Cod League (Cape Cod)
CHATHAM, Mass. -- The Cape Cod Baseball League welcomed back eight of its all-time greats with the induction of its 2012 Hall of Fame Class Saturday afternoon at the luxurious Chatham Bars Inn.
The eventful day was marked by stories of host families and old college pranks, visions for the future, fond memories of the past and even a haunted house in Chatham.
Headlining the class were current Red Sox southpaw Andrew Miller (Chatham 04, 05), and Admiral John (Jack) Aylmer (Barnstable Barons 52), instrumental in establishing the modern-day Hyannis and Bourne organizations.
The class stretched a span of eight decades of players, from the late Danny "Deacon" McFayden, who led Osterville to its second straight title in 1924 and pitched 17 years in the Big Leagues, to the hard-throwing Miller, a two-time All-Star who won the league's top pro prospect and co-pitcher of the year awards in 2005.
It was inductees like Aylmer and Laurin "Pete" Peterson who paved the way for future stars like Miller to shine. Peterson was one of the first Cape League managers to recruit notable college players, including Cal Burlingame, Roy Bruninghaus, Buzzy Wilcox and Art Quirk (in attendance Saturday), who became CCBL Hall of Famers.
For the inductees, the honor of being included was overwhelming.
"Jim Higgins (Hall of Fame Chairman) and I were talking last night, and he spoke of (Hall of Famer) Bill Schroder, and how honored he was to be an inductee," said Billy Best, whose dream of playing professional ball took him from Falmouth to Double A Jacksonville and Memphis teams before retiring and becoming an area scout for the Atlanta Braves. "This is a great honor. This is my Cooperstown."
Making his way to the podium last of the eight, Miller appreciated the history that came before him.
"Being here and being honored in this way is something I couldn't have imagined," said Miller. "I can't match the stories that have been told."
Among those stories was the tale of the haunted host house, courtesy of inductee Jim Sherman, current head coach at University of Delaware. During the first of his two summers on the Cape, Sherman found himself in a home where doors opened and closed inexplicably during the night.
The story wound up in Sports Illustrated and had the packed room laughing right along with him.
"All of the things away from the field are what make this place so special," said Miller. "It seems like I've heard more stories today about things away from the field than on the field. It was incredible being here. I didn't know how lucky I was going to be. It turned out to be two of the best summers of my life."
"The Cape League is a terrific place, but more importantly, what you see is it brings people together, which is what sports really do," said inductee Dan DeMichele, who starred for Sagamore and Yarmouth in the mid-1960's.
The class brings the total number of Hall of Fame inductees to 124. Several other members of past classes attended the ceremony to welcome the newest members, including CCBL President Judy Walden Scarafile ('03 induction class), who led the procession, League Vice President and former Harwich southpaw Peter Ford (`10), MacFayden presenter Bob Butkus (`04), the league's only .500 hitter Ken Voges (`05) in 1963, Jim Hubbard (`06), Big Ed Baird (`03), Steve Saradnik (07), Noel Kinski (03), the aforementioned Quirk (`09) and Mr. Cape League himself, the esteemed Arnold Mycock (`00).
Class of 2012
John "Jack" Aylmer, Administrator
Billy Best, Falmouth
John Carroll, Chatham & Harwich
Dan DeMichele, Sagamore & Yarmouth
Danny "Deacon" MacFayden, Osterville & Falmouth
Andrew Miller, Chatham
Laurin "Pete" Peterson, Orleans
Jim Sherman, Chatham
Wareham's Tyler Horan Earns NE Pro Prospect Award
By Katy Fitzpatrick
CCBL Public Relations
WAREHAM, Mass. - Wareham Gatemen slugger Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech) earned the 2012 John J. Claffey Top New England Prospect Award for his tremendous accomplishments at the plate and on the field.
The Middleboro, Mass., native hit 16 home runs in the Cape League regular season, tying the wood bat home run record, set in 1988 by Dave Staton of Brewster. The modern day record of 22 round-trippers was set by Corey Snyder of Harwich using aluminum bats in 1983.
In addition to home runs, the 6'1, 225-pound Horan notched 39 RBI, ranked second in the league. Horan's .342 batting average fifth best in the league. In 151 at bats, Horan compiled 51 hits; 23 of those were for extra bases.
Horan was selected to the 2012 Cape League All Star squad for the Western Division where he started in left field. During his sophomore year with the Hokies, Horan played in 37 games, batting .289 with nine home runs.
Horan is a product of Boston College High School, where helped lead the Eagles to back-to-back State Championships. The Boston Globe named the slugger to the Massachusetts All State Team, and the Boston Herald named him the Massachusetts Sectional MVP. In addition to baseball, Horan was also an accomplished football player.