Six more Cape Cod baseball immortals were honored last week with their induction into the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at the Chatham Bars Inn on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Honorees included former Red Sox pitcher Craig Hansen (Harwich), National League journeyman Mark Sweeney (Chatham/Yarmouth-Dennis), and one-time Red Sox batting practice pitcher Arthur “Ace” Adams (Falmouth).

Others included longtime Boston Globe baseball writer Peter Gammons, Barbara Ellsworth, a CCBL volunteer for 34 years with Yarmouth-Dennis and Harwich, and recently-retired Chatham manager John Schiffner.

“It was another sellout crowd which was, I’m sure, enhanced by the fact that we had both John Schiffner and Peter Gammons going in,” said John Garner, public relations/broadcasting director of the CCBL.

“In addition, there was a large group that turned out for Barbara Ellsworth,” he added.

Adams spent 1972-74 with Falmouth and was a 1973 league all-star while tying the modern-era record with 11 complete games. He spent the 1984-86 season as battling practice pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. He also worked in the minors with several teams.

Former Red Sox hurler Hansen spent the 2004 season with the Harwich Mariners where the hard-throwing closer posted a 1-1 record with 10 saves and a perfect 0.00 ERA, including 41 strikeouts in 22.1 innings pitched. He pitched for the Red Sox for three seasons, 2005-06, 08, just missing out on the 2004 and 2007 World Series teams.

Sweeney played three summers on the Cape from 1988-90 and won the playoff MVP in 1989. He batted .310 with four home runs and 24 RBI in 1990 to lead the squad to back-to-back Cape League titles. He later spent 13-years in the major leagues with seven National League teams setting marks for pinch-hitting.

The recently-retired Schiffner stepped down as the winningest coach in Cape Cod Baseball history, spending 25 years with Chatham. He led the Anglers to a pair of championships, six East titles, 15 playoff and 541 regular season wins before retiring at the end of the 2017 season and coaching 125 major league players.

Sadly, Mrs. Ellsworth, fondly known as “Mrs. E,” was inducted posthumously following her passing in late October at the age of 89. Over the years, she hosted 153 players in her home, including 12 current and former Major League baseball players, endearing herself to many of them.

Finally, Gammons, perhaps the most famous baseball writer in the country, was honored as a contributor, supporter and friend of the Cape Cod Baseball League for five decades. He also won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.

“I would say Peter and the late Dick Bresciani (of the Red Sox) have done more to promote the Cape Cod Baseball League than anybody,” said Garner. “His induction was very fitting, to say the least.”

Three other awards were also presented. The premiere Peter Gammons Award for Excellence and Distinction was presented to the late Christina Taylor-Green, who, in her short life, embodied the youthful enthusiasm for the Cape League. The Fred Ebbett Lifetime Achievement Award went to Boston TV personality Scott Wahle, who has been the induction’s master of ceremonies for many years. Finally, the Richard “Dick” Sullivan Executive of the Year Award went to Chris Thoms, who has been the official scorer and league statistician for nearly 20 years.

 

Barnstable Hall of Famers

The Barnstable High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Ridge Club in Sandwich.

Inductees included athletes James “Jimmy” Sherman ‘67, Todd Snell ‘86, Christopher Uhlman ’86, John Moreshead ‘91, Lorenzo Spencer Harris ’98, Milton D. Speid ‘98, Kara Maloy ’02, Bryan Sweeney ‘03, Kourtney McNamara ‘06 and Natalie Cohen ’07; and former volleyball and basketball coach Lorraine Dunnett. In addition, Barnstable Recreation Director Patti Machado received the W. Leo Shields Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 40 years of service to the residents of the Town of Barnstable.

 

Old Colony League All-Stars

Several Barnstable High School athletes were honored by the Old Colony League as all-stars in their respective sports. They included:

Boys Soccer: Malachi Walsh, Jac Cordeiro, Rushawn Plummer, Diego Souza and Nate Lockhart.

Girls Soccer: Morgan Dardia, Reed Kjoller, Molly LaMothe and Phoebe Papavasilious.

Field Hockey: Bridget Everett, Abby Al-Asousi, Eve Bancroft, Ali Carpenter and Julia Fone.

Volleyball: Riley James, Ingrid Murphy, Teagan James, Josie Deluga, Madelyn Murphy and Dorian Funk.

Girls Cross Country: Tatiana Dunne and Jasmine Rose

Boys Cross Country: Connor Brewster and Charlie Ewald

Boys Golf: Thomas Bissett, Connor Levesque

Football: Connor Baldasaro, Colby Burke, Brian Frieh, Matt Fredo, Declan Moriarty, Sajin KC, Tommy Our, Matt Turner, Matt Petercuskie and Joe Yalmokas.

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