Cape League Hall of Fame to Add Eight Members in Ceremony Saturday, Nov. 19, at Chatham Bars Inn

By:
10/22/2011 9:45 PM -

Lowell, Wedge, Bush, Kamieniecki, Smith Give 12th Induction Class MLB Flavor 

CHATHAM, Mass. – Eight former standout players, including a World Series MVP for the Boston Red Sox and a current major league manager, will comprise the 12th Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame class, scheduled for induction on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Chatham Bars Inn here.

    The Cape League’s Hall of Fame Weekend activities will get under way Friday, Nov. 18, when the inductees, their families, presenters and Cape League officials attend a private reception in Hyannis which will include a group visit to the Hall of Fame & Museum. They will tour the facility which occupies the lower level of the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum on Main Street and see their permanent plaques unveiled.

    The annual Hall of Fame brunch begins the following day at 10 a.m. in the main dining room of the Chatham Bars Inn, followed by the induction festivities starting at noon in the nearby Monomoy Theater.

    Boston media personality and Cape League broadcaster Scott Wahle returns as master of ceremonies and longtime Cape League executive Dick Sullivan will lead the procession of inductees into the hall.

    A limited number of tickets remain, priced at $85 each. They may be ordered by sending a check to CCBL Hall of Fame Tickets, P.O. Box 266, Harwich Port, MA 02646.

    This year’s class of eight brings total membership in the Cape League Hall of Fame to 116 and five of them used their time in the Cape League as a springboard to the major leagues.

    Inductees include former Boston Red Sox third baseman and 2007 World Series MVP Mike Lowell (Chatham, 1994), former Red Sox catcher and current Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge (Yarmouth-Dennis, 1988), former major league hurler Scott Kamieniecki (Harwich, 1984), former MLB outfielder Mark Smith (Wareham, 1990) and pitcher David Bush (Chatham, 2000-01), now under contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

    Also slated for induction are league batting champion Paul O’Neill (Cotuit, 1974-75), power-hitting first baseman Doug Fisher (Falmouth, 1984-85) and two-time outstanding pitcher Bill Wissler (Bourne, 1990-91). 

    In alphabetical order, here is the Class of 2011:

David Bush (Chatham, 2000 & 2001)

     The hard-throwing Wake Forest right-hander posted impressive-back-to-back seasons in the A’s bullpen, posting a 0-1 record with a league-leading 11 saves and 0.84 ERA in 2000 and returning with a 1-1 mark, a microscopic 0.34 ERA and one save in ’01. A native of Berwyn, Pa., Bush was drafted by Toronto in the second round in 2002 and played two seasons with the Blue Jays, compiling a 10-14 record with a 4.15 ERA, before being traded to Milwaukee, where he pitched from 2006-2010. He joined the Texas Rangers during the offseason, moved from Texas to the Chicago Cubs organization and finally joined the Phillies. Bush’s former Chatham A’s catcher, John Schenider will be his presenter.

Doug Fisher (Falmouth, 1984 & 1985)

       “It’s about time,” said one longtime CCBL observer when told that this Commodore first baseman had been elected to the league’s Hall of Fame. Fisher, out of Central Michigan, put together one of the most spectacular seasons in modern-era league history in 1984 as he tied the RBI record (54), led the league in total bases (119) and extra-base hits (31), finished second in slugging percentage (.692) and home runs (14), and tied for second in hits (60) and doubles (17) while batting .349 and earning All-League honors. In 1984, Fisher used an aluminum bat, but when the league switched to wood in 1985 he saw his offensive production dip a bit. He was voted to the CCBL’s 1980s All-Decade Team and drafted in the 17th round by Pittsburgh in 1986. The Bridgeport HS product was named to Central Michigan’s Hall of Fame in 1999. Brian Reinbold, Fisher’s friend and Little League teammate, will be his presenter.

Scott Kamieniecki (Harwich, 1984) 

       This University of Michigan pitcher produced a 4-1 record and a 2.14 ERA with the Mariners in 1984, the last year the CCBL permitted the use of aluminum bats, which produced better offensive numbers for most players. Appearing in nine games, the Mount Clemens, Mich., native pitched three complete games, recording one shutout. He struck out 54 batters in 67.1 innings pitched and was named to the CCBL All-Star Team. Scott was drafted in the 14th round by the Yankees in 1986 and pitched 10 seasons in the major leagues with New York, Baltimore, Cleveland and Atlanta. Presenting Kamieniecki be former Harwich GM and current VP Jim McGonigle. 

Mike Lowell (Chatham, 1994)

       A .307 hitter with a fifth-in-the-league total of 51 hits, this Florida International product was a standout performer in 1994 on an also-ran Chatham team that finished nine games under .500 and 10-1/2 games out of first place. A fine defensive second baseman, Mike was chosen for the CCBL All-Star Team, showing the potential that prompted the Yankees to make him their 20th-round draft choice the following spring. After three impressive minor league seasons, Mike was called up by New York in September 1998, launching a 13-year MLB career, the last five as the Red Sox’s regular third baseman. Mike made four All-Star teams and was the 2007 World Series MVP for Boston. He also was the Sox’s MVP and Good Guy Award winner that year. Mike is a native of San Juan, PR. Veteran Chatham field manager John Schiffner will present Lowell into the Hall of Fame.

Paul O’Neill (Cotuit, 1974 & 1975)

      The hard-hitting from third baseman from Boston College led the Kettleers to back-to-back CCBL titles in 1974 and ’75. After struggling at the plate during his initial season on the Cape, O’Neill won the Pat Sorenti MVP Award the following summer as he captured the batting title with a .358 average, added five home runs and 22 RBIs and was named to the All-Star Game and final All-League Team. O’Neill also produced a .511 slugging percentage and stole nine bases in ’75. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres. Presenting O’Neill will be Cotuit legend and CCBL Hall of Fame manager Jack McCarthy.

Mark E. Smith (Wareham, 1990)

      The sweet-swinging, right-handed hitting outfielder from Southern Cal became the last player in the Cape League to hit over .400 when he captured the batting title with a .408 average. His six homers, 14 doubles and 33 RBI also earned him league MVP honors as he led the Gatemen to the CCBL championship game against Yarmouth-Dennis. Baltimore made the Pasadena, Calif., native its first-round pick in the 1991 amateur draft. Smith played from 1994 to 2003 in the major leagues, with a .243 career batting average for the Orioles, Pirates, Marlins, Expos and Brewers. In 2001, Smith received the Steve Palermo Award for heroism, after rescuing a man from a car crash. Smith’s presenter will be his Wareham teammate Doug Glanville, current baseball analyst for ESPN.

Eric Wedge (Yarmouth-Dennis, 1988)

      Currently managing the Seattle Mariners, this former Wichita State catcher originally entered professional baseball as a Boston Red Sox draft choice. Wedge was chosen by the Red Sox in the third round in 1989 after an impressive 1988 campaign with Yarmouth-Dennis. He hit .279, was a defensive standout and was chosen for the final All-League Team. After the CCBL campaign concluded, the Fort Wayne, Ind., product helped an all-star team from the CCBL win the Summer Collegiate League Shootout, a tournament held at Boardwalk & Baseball complex near Orlando, Fla. In an 11-1 blowout of the Central Illinois Collegiate League, Wedge had four hits and three RBI to lead the Cape squad into the finals. Wedge was elected to the Wichita State Shockers Hall of Fame in 1999, 10 years after earning first-team All-America honors and being named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year for hitting .380 with 23 HR and 99 RBI and setting an NCAA record with 88 walks. Presenting Wedge for induction will be Bourne field manager Harvey Shapiro, who was an assistant at Y-D in 1988.

Bill Wissler (Bourne, 1990 & 1991)

     The tall right-hander from the University of Pennsylvania became only the fourth pitcher in Cape League history to win the B.F.C. Whitehouse Outstanding Pitcher Award in successive seasons. He went 8-2 with a 1.56 ERA for the Braves in 1990, tying for the league lead in wins and games started (11), and followed with a 6-4 mark and a 1.96 ERA in ’91 as he led the league in innings pitched (92), complete games (7) and shutouts (3). He is the last CCBL pitcher to throw more than 90 innings in a season. The Harrisburg, Pa., native signed with Minnesota in 1992 and played four seasons in the Twins’ organization, posting a 25-30 record. Wissler’s house parent, Dr. Grover Baxley, will be his presenter.






Search Archive »





Browse by Month »

October 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
November 2003
September 2003
August 2003
July 2003
June 2003
May 2003
April 2003
March 2003
January 2003
November 2002
October 2002
September 2002
August 2002
July 2002
June 2002
May 2002
April 2002
March 2002
February 2002
January 2002
December 2001
November 2001
October 2001
September 2001
August 2001
July 2001
June 2001
May 2001
January 2001
December 2000
November 2000
September 2000
August 2000
July 2000
March 2000