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The Chatham Anglers, more commonly referred to as the Chatham A's and formerly the Chatham Athletics, are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Chatham, Massachusetts. The team is a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) and plays in the league's Eastern Division. Chatham plays its home games at historic Veteran's Field, the team's home since 1923, in the town of Chatham on the Lower Cape. The A's have been operated by the non-profit Chatham Athletic Association since 1963.[1] The team was formerly known as the Chatham Athletics but changed its nickname to "Anglers" for the 2009 season in response to a licensing agreement between the CCBL and Major League Baseball.

Chatham Anglers
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LeagueCape Cod Baseball League (Eastern Division)
LocationChatham, Massachusetts
BallparkVeteran's Field
Nickname(s)Chatham A's
League championships1967, 1982, 1992, 1996, 1998
Former name(s)Athletics/A's
ColorsBlue, White, and Red
ManagerTom Holliday
General ManagerMike Geylin
PresidentSteve West
Websitewww.chathamanglers.com

Chatham has won five CCBL championships, most recently in 1998, when they defeated the Wareham Gatemen in the championship series. The team has been led since 2017 by former Oklahoma State University field manager Tom Holliday.

HistoryEdit

 
Veterans Field, home of the Anglers

The pre-modern eraEdit

Amateur baseball in the town of Chatham dates back to the early 1900s and the old Cape Cod Twilight League. Chatham was the dominant team in the league throughout the 1930s, winning the Twilight League championship seven consecutive times between 1933 and 1939.[2] The team has played at its current home ballpark, Veteran's Field, since 1923.

The modern era (1963-present)Edit

In 1963, the CCBL was reorganized and became officially sanctioned by the NCAA. The league would no longer be characterized by "town teams" who fielded mainly Cape Cod residents, but would now be a formal collegiate league. Teams began to recruit college players and coaches from an increasingly wide geographic radius.

The league was originally composed of ten teams, which were divided into Upper Cape and Lower Cape divisions. Chatham joined Orleans, Harwich, Yarmouth and a team from Otis Air Force Base in the Lower Cape division. Chatham has seen significant success in the league's modern era, winning a total of five Cape League Championships.

 
Thurman Munson led Chatham to its first CCBL championship in 1967

A first title, featuring "Thurm"

Chatham began the modern era by reaching the Cape League championship series for four consecutive years. Their first title came in 1967, when Thurman Munson led the team to a 30–9–4 record in the regular season and a championship victory over the Falmouth Commodores[3]

A second comes in the 1980s

The A's reached the championship series four more times before they finally won another league title in 1982 when they swept the Hyannis Mets three games to none in the championship series.

The 1990s bring sustained success

Chatham was one of the league's most successful teams throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Chatham made the playoffs nine out of ten years between 1991 and 2000, including with Cape League titles in 1992, 1996, and 1998. The A's have claimed more Cape League Regular Season (7) and Post-Season (7) Eastern Division titles than any other team, their last of which came in 2001 when they lost the championship series to the Wareham Gatemen.[4]

2008 and the advent of the Anglers

On October 17, 2008, in response to a licensing agreement between the Cape League and Major League Baseball, the A's announced that their team name would be changing to the Chatham Anglers, but will retain its pinstriped uniform pattern and colors.

CCBL Hall of Fame inducteesEdit

 
CCBL Hall of Famer Joey Cora
 
CCBL Hall of Famer Mike Lowell
 
CCBL Hall of Famer David Bush

The CCBL Hall of Fame and Museum is a history museum and hall of fame honoring past players, coaches, and others who have made outstanding contributions to the CCBL.[5] Below are the inductees who spent all or part of their time in the Cape League with Chatham.

Year Inducted Name Position
2000 Ed Lyons Manager
2000 Thurman Munson Player
2002 George Greer Player
2003 Ed Baird Player
2003 Joe Jabar Player
2004 John Caneira Player
2005 Ken Voges Player
2006 Rik Currier Player
2006 Steve Duda Player
2007 Steve Saradnik Player
2007 Walt Terrell Player
2008 Derrick DePriest Player
2008 Robert A. McNeece Executive
2008 Mike Stenhouse Player
2009 Zane Carlson Player
2009 Joe “Skip” Lewis Manager
2010 Tom Weir Player
2010 Tom Grieve Player
2011 David Bush Player
2011 Mike Lowell Player
2012 John Carroll Manager
2012 Jim Sherman Player
2012 Andrew Miller Player
2013 Merrill Doane Player/Executive
2013 Mickey O'Connor Player
2016 Mark Petkovsek Player
2017 Joey Cora Player
2017 Tim McIntosh Player
2018 John Schiffner Manager
2018 Mark Sweeney Player
2019 Paul Galop Executive

Famous alumniEdit

Yearly resultsEdit

 
CCBL Hall of Famer George Greer played for Chatham from 1965 to 1967
 
CCBL Hall of Famer Walt Terrell won the league's outstanding pitcher award for Chatham in 1979
 
Eric Byrnes played for Chatham in 1995
 
CCBL Hall of Famer Andrew Miller won the league's outstanding pro prospect award for Chatham in 2005
 
Kyle Seager played for Chatham in 2007 and 2008
 
Yan Gomes played for Chatham in 2008
 
The Anglers' JD Davis was East Division MVP of the 2013 CCBL All-Star Game
Results by Season, 1923-1931
Year Won Lost Regular Season Finish Postseason Manager Ref
1923
1924 7 17 4th League [6]
1925 Harold Goodnough
1926 12 19 4th League [7]
1927* 16 20 4th League [8]
1928* 22 22 3rd League [9]
1929* 23 21 2nd League [10]
1930 27 17 2nd League Pete Herman [11]
1931 22 28 4th League Pete Herman [12]
* Played from 1927 to 1929 as combined "Chatham-Harwich" team
Results by Season, 1946-1962
Year Postseason Manager
1948 Lost semi-finals (Orleans)
1962 Lost semi-finals (Harwich) John Carroll
Results by Season, 1963-present
Year Won Lost Tied Regular Season Finish Postseason Manager
1963 28 6 0 1st Lower Cape Division Lost semi-finals (Orleans) John Carroll
1964 1st Lower Cape Division Lost championship (Cotuit) Bill "Lefty" Lefebvre
1965 25 7 0 1st Lower Cape Division Lost championship (Sagamore) Joe "Skip" Lewis
1966 30 4 0 1st Lower Cape Division Lost championship (Falmouth) Joe "Skip" Lewis
1967 30 9 0 1st Lower Cape Division Won championship (Falmouth) Joe "Skip" Lewis
1968 17 23 0 3rd Lower Cape Division Joe "Skip" Lewis
1969 29 15 0 1st Lower Cape Division Won semi-finals (Orleans)
Lost championship (Falmouth)
Joe "Skip" Lewis
1970 21 20 0 5th League Doug Holmquist
1971 18 22 2 5th League Ben Hays
1972 25 17 0 4th League Won semi-finals (Falmouth)
Lost championship (Cotuit)
Ben Hays
1973 26 14 1 1st League Lost semi-finals (Yarmouth) Ben Hays
1974 19 23 0 5th League Ben Hays
1975 16 25 1 6th League Joe Russo
1976 30 11 1 1st League Won semi-finals (Hyannis)
Lost championship (Wareham)
Ed Lyons
1977 25 16 1 2nd League Lost semi-finals (Y-D) Ed Lyons
1978 25 17 0 2nd League Lost semi-finals (Harwich) Ed Lyons
1979 19 21 2 4th League Lost semi-finals (Hyannis) Ed Lyons
1980 29 13 0 1st League Won semi-finals (Wareham)
Lost championship (Falmouth)
Ed Lyons
1981 15 27 0 8th League Ed Lyons
1982 20 21 1 4th League Won semi-finals (Wareham)
Won championship (Hyannis)
Ed Lyons
1983 15 25 2 7th League John Mayotte
1984 18 23 1 6th League John Mayotte
1985 31 10 1 1st League Won semi-finals (Orleans)
Lost championship (Cotuit)
John Mayotte
1986 22 19 1 4th League Lost semi-finals (Orleans) John Mayotte
1987 17 25 0 6th League (T) John Mayotte
1988 19 24 0 4th East Division Bob Whalen, Jr.
1989 22 20 2 2nd East Division (T) Lost play-in game (Brewster) Bob Whalen, Jr.
1990 17 24 2 5th East Division Rich Hill
1991 24 19 1 1st East Division Won semi-finals (Orleans)
Lost championship (Hyannis)
Rich Hill
1992 31 11 0 1st East Division Won semi-finals (Brewster)
Won championship (Cotuit)
Rich Hill
1993 25 19 0 1st East Division Lost semi-finals (Orleans) Rich Hill
John Schiffner
1994 16 25 2 4th East Division John Schiffner
1995 25 17 1 1st East Division Won semi-finals (Orleans)
Lost championship (Cotuit)
John Schiffner
1996 22 21 1 2nd East Division Won semi-finals (Brewster)
Won championship (Falmouth)
John Schiffner
1997 22 22 0 2nd East Division Lost semi-finals (Harwich) John Schiffner
1998 23 18 2 2nd East Division Won semi-finals (Brewster)
Won championship (Wareham)
John Schiffner
1999 30 14 0 1st East Division Won semi-finals (Orleans)
Lost championship (Cotuit)
John Schiffner
2000 23 20 1 2nd East Division (T) Won play-in game (Orleans)
Lost semi-finals (Brewster)
John Schiffner
2001 25 19 0 1st East Division (T) Won semi-finals (Y-D)
Lost championship (Wareham)
John Schiffner
2002 19 23 2 5th East Division John Schiffner
2003 22 21 1 3rd East Division John Schiffner
2004 21 23 0 4th East Division John Schiffner
2005 28 15 1 2nd East Division Lost semi-finals (Orleans) John Schiffner
2006 21 22 1 4th East Division John Schiffner
2007 25 16 3 2nd East Division Lost semi-finals (Y-D) John Schiffner
2008 19 25 0 4th East Division John Schiffner
2009 21 23 0 3rd East Division Lost play-in game (Orleans) John Schiffner
2010 20 22 2 5th East Division John Schiffner
2011 15 28 1 5th East Division John Schiffner
2012 21 21 2 3rd East Division Lost round 1 (Y-D) John Schiffner
2013 26 17 1 1st East Division Won round 1 (Y-D)
Lost semi-finals (Orleans)
John Schiffner
2014 17 26 1 5th East Division John Schiffner
2015 22 22 0 3rd East Division (T) Lost round 1 (Orleans) John Schiffner
2016 17 26 1 4th East Division Won round 1 (Harwich)
Lost semi-finals (Y-D)
John Schiffner
2017 21 23 0 4th East Division Lost round 1 (Orleans) John Schiffner
2018 22 19 3 2nd East Division Won round 1 (Harwich)
Won semi-finals (Brewster)
Lost championship (Wareham)
Tom Holliday
2019 24 18 2 1st East Division Lost round 1 (Harwich) Tom Holliday

League Award WinnersEdit

 
Evan Longoria was CCBL league MVP with Chatham in 2005
 
Dave Bergman wore the CCBL batting crown in 1973

The Pat Sorenti
MVP Award
Year Player
1967 Thurman Munson
1984 Joey Cora
2005 Evan Longoria
The Robert A. McNeese
Outstanding Pro Prospect Award
Year Player
1976 Steve Taylor*
1982 Gary Kanwisher
1991 Derek Wallace
1996 Matt Anderson
1998 Kyle Snyder
2005 Andrew Miller
2008 Grant Green
The BFC Whitehouse
Outstanding Pitcher Award
Year Player
1966 Joe Jabar
1967 Joe Jabar
1973 John Caneira
1976 Mickey O'Connor
1979 Walt Terrell
1995 Jason Ramsey*
1999 Rik Currier*
2000 Dan Krines*
2005 Andrew Miller*
2007 Tom Milone
2013 Lukas Schiraldi
The Russ Ford
Outstanding Relief Pitcher Award
Year Player
1992 Scott Smith
1998 Tim Lavigne
1999 Derrick DePriest
2002 Zane Carlson*


The Daniel J. Silva
Sportsmanship Award
Year Player
1976 Joe Gurascio
1977 Russ Quetti
1981 Jim Sherman*
1986 Jim DePalo
1993 Paul Ottavinia
2013 Connor Joe
The Manny Robello
10th Player Award
Year Player
1986 Scott Coolbaugh
1996 Jermaine Clark
2014 A.J. Murray
The John J. Claffey Outstanding
New England Player Award
Year Player
2003 Chris Lambert
2013 Tommy Lawrence
2014 Chris Shaw
The Thurman Munson Award
for Batting Champion
Year Player
1963 Ken Voges (.505)
1966 Tom Weir (.420)
1967 Thurman Munson (.420)
1971 Ken Doria (.346)
1973 Dave Bergman (.341)
1985 Tim McIntosh (.392)
2005 Chris Coghlan (.346)


All-Star Game MVP Award
Year Player
1976 Steve Taylor
1998 Matt Cepicky
2002 Tim Stauffer
2008 Grant Green
2013 J. D. Davis
2014 A.J. Murray
All-Star Home Run Hitting
Contest Champion
Year Player
1998 Matt Cepicky
2011 Richie Shaffer
The Star of Stars
Playoff MVP Award
Year Player
1992 Steve Duda
1996 Jermaine Clark*
1996 Keith Evans*
1998 Matt Cepicky*
1998 Ryan Earey*

(*) - Indicates co-recipient
() - Since 1991, an All-Star Game MVP has been named for each of the league's two divisions.

Managerial HistoryEdit

Manager Seasons Total Seasons Championship Seasons
John Carroll 1961 - 1963 3
Bill "Lefty" Lefebvre 1964 1
Joe "Skip" Lewis 1965 - 1969 5 1967
Doug Holmquist 1970 1
Ben Hays 1971 - 1974 4
Joe Russo 1975 1
Ed Lyons 1976 - 1982 7 1982
John Mayotte 1983 - 1987 5
Bob Whalen 1988 - 1989 2
Rich Hill 1990 - 1993 4 1992
John Schiffner 1993 - 2017 25 1996, 1998
Tom Holliday 2018 - 2019 2


John Schiffner, the Cape League's all-time winningest skipper

Chatham boasts the winningest manager in Cape Cod Baseball League History in John Schiffner, affectionately known as "Schiff" across amateur baseball. Schiffner retired after his 25th year managing the Chatham A's in 2017, and served as either the team's manager or an assistant coach for 34 total seasons. Schiffner joined legendary Chatham manager Ed Lyons as an assistant coach just two years after graduating from Providence College, where he played baseball and spent three summers playing in the Cape League for the Harwich Mariners. from 1974-76. After being drafted and playing part of a minor league season in the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization in 1977, Schiffner returned to the Cape as an Assistant Coach in Harwich for the summer. During the 1977 playoffs, A's Manager Ed Lyons approached Schiffner and invited him to join his staff for the following summer, and Schiffner quickly accepted the offer.

 
Matt Harvey pitched against Coach Schiffner in high school, then played for him in Chatham

Schiffner served as an Assistant Coach under Lyons in Chatham from 1978 to 1982, then returned in 1990 in the same role after a stint scouting for the Montreal Expos. Schiffner became the Chatham A's manager on July 7, 1993, when manager Rich Hill accepted the head coaching position at the University of San Francisco and took his new post immediately. Schiffner took over a last place team more than halfway into the season, but oversaw a stunning 16-7 record down the stretch as the A's claimed a first-place finish and Schiffner was offered the position of manager on a permanent basis, a major breakthrough for him after a significant number of unsuccessful managerial interviews in Chatham and elsewhere around the Cape League in previous years.

Including that 1993 campaign, Schiffner managed the A's for 25 years, stepping down at the end of the 2017 Cape Cod Baseball League season. He managed the A's to CCBL championships in 1996 and 1998, and became widely regarded as the face and voice of Cape Cod Baseball.

Schiffner announced that the 2017 season would be his last after a Chatham Anglers game in Harwich in July 2017. Soon after, he revealed that he was leaving Chatham to become an assistant coach at the University of Maine, where he would work with new Maine head coach Nick Derba, the catcher of the stacked 2005 Chatham A's team and one of Schiffner's favorite former players. Schiffner had previously served as the volunteer assistant coach at Maine during the 2013 season, when Derba was the Black Bears' hitting coach under current Stetson head coach Steve Trimper. On August 10, 2017, the Chatham Athletic Association announced that former Oklahoma State University head baseball coach Tom Holliday would succeed Schiffner, beginning with the 2018 Cape Cod Baseball League season.

Schiffner also served as the head baseball coach for 33 years at Plainfield High School in Plainfield, Connecticut, where he also taught history for over three decades. He is the winningest coach in Connecticut state high school baseball history, and often spotted future Cape League talent on high school fields across the state, including current Major League pitchers Matt Harvey and Dominic Leone, both of whom pitched against Schiffner's teams in high school and went on to play for him in Chatham before reaching the Majors. Schiffner was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches' Association Hall of Fame in November 2017.[13]

The A's in mediaEdit


Summer Catch (2001, Movie)

 
Freddie Prinze Jr, star of the movie Summer Catch

The Chatham A's were featured prominently in the 2001 Warner Bros. motion picture Summer Catch, starring Freddy Prinze Jr., a comedic sports movie depicting fictional ballplayers spending a summer in Chatham filled with baseball and booze. Though the movie is an extreme fictionalization, some of the fictional players are loosely based on past A's players, and real life A's manager John Schiffner is the fictional team's coach, as portrayed by actor Brian Dennehy. The majority of the movie was filmed in South Carolina, though small portions of scenic shots were taken in Chatham at Veterans Field. The A's actual logos, colors, and uniforms are used in the movie, along with loose copies of other Cape Cod Baseball League team names, logos, and colors.


The Last Best League (2004, Book)

Jim Collins' The Last Best League (2004, ISBN 0-306-81418-8) is a non-fiction account of the 2002 Chatham A's, which featured infielder Jamie D'Antona and manager John Schiffner as the book's protagonists. Collins follows and recounts every move the players, coaches, fans, and others make in the ethnographic account of the full 2002 Cape Cod Baseball League and Chatham A's season. The book delves deeply into the life and baseball journey of John Schiffner, who was already the longest-tenured manager in the league and the undisputed face of Cape Cod Baseball at the time of the book's writing, even though he still stood 15 years away from retirement. Schiffner and his longtime assistant coach Matt Fincher are profiled heavily in the book. Fincher is now the head baseball coach at University of South Carolina-Upstate.

D'Antona, a highly touted power hitter from Wake Forest University who quickly becomes Collins' primary player focus in the book, is depicted as a laid-back ballplayer whose potential is hindered by occasional lapses in judgment and lack of effort. Collins follows D'Antona extensively both on and off the field, including to his job at the Chatham Fish Pier, where D'Antona delivered fresh fish to businesses all over Chatham at the crack of dawn. Following a short Major League career and a stint playing professionally in Japan, D'Antona returned to Chatham as the Anglers' hitting coach in 2017, working under John Schiffner in his final season as A's manager.

The two members of the 2002 A's who went on to the longest professional baseball careers are Chris Iannetta and Tim Stauffer. A starting pitcher from the University of Richmond, Stauffer was the best pitcher on the 2002 A's and amongst the best in the entire Cape League that summer. He was selected fourth overall by the San Diego Padres in the 2003 MLB Draft based largely off his performance on Cape Cod, and pitched in the Major Leagues for 10 seasons. He appeared in 201 MLB games, posting a 3.97 career ERA before retiring after the 2015 season. Iannetta, a catcher who just completed his 12th Major League season in 2017, is not one of the predominate characters in The Last Best League. One of a select few freshman hitters in the Cape League, Iannetta struggled all summer at the plate after his first year at the University of North Carolina, and was not asked back to Chatham the next summer, according to Collins in the book. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2004 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies, and has played in over 1000 MLB games, including over 900 starts at catcher for four different teams.

Internship programEdit

The Chatham Athletic Association offers internships in Sports Business and Sports Media. Students majoring in sport management, business, marketing, and accounting/finance are mentored on sports-business processes including trend analysis, inventory management, profitability analysis, and marketing projects.

Live broadcastsEdit

The Anglers provide live broadcasts for all 44 regular season games in addition to the playoffs. All home games have a live video and audio stream while road games are audio only. Viewers can find the live video and audio stream by visiting the Broadcast Central page of the Anglers website. Fans can also listen by calling TRZ Teamline toll free to for all broadcasts 1-800-846-4700, code 3841.

Below is an updated list of those who have served as announcers for the A's.

  • Guy Benson (Northwestern) 2003–2006
  • Dan D'Uva (Syracuse, Fordham) 2003–2008
  • Kyle Whitehead (Northwestern) 2007
  • Mike Toper (Syracuse) 2007
  • Brian Clark (Fordham) 2008, 2009
  • Scott Braun (Miami) 2009, 2010
  • Aaron Canada (George Mason) 2010, 2011
  • Chris Fitzgerald (Oregon) 2011, 2012
  • Brandon Liebhaber (Northwestern) 2012, 2013
  • Keith Zubrow (Syracuse) 2013
  • Jonny Wincott (Syracuse) 2014, 2015
  • Dom Cotroneo (Arizona State) 2014, 2015
  • Jake Eisenberg (Maryland) 2016
  • Evan Stockton (Syracuse) 2016
  • Drew Carter (Syracuse) 2017
  • Max Herz (Vanderbilt) 2017

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1998 Cape Cod Baseball League Official Yearbook, p. 14
  2. ^ 2001 Cape Cod Baseball League Official Yearbook, p. 15
  3. ^ Alder, Eric (2005-07-28). "Chatham A's 1967 Team Honored". The Cape Cod Chronicle. Retrieved on 2013-02-04.
  4. ^ Cape League Championships Archived 2007-09-10 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2007-07-04.
  5. ^ "Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame". capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  6. ^ "Base Ball". Barnstable Patriot. Barnstable, MA. September 4, 1924. p. 9.
  7. ^ "Barnstable Wins Penant". Falmouth Enterprise. Falmouth, MA. September 11, 1926. p. 1.
  8. ^ "Baseball League". Chatham Monitor. Chatham, MA. September 8, 1927. p. 1.
  9. ^ "Osterville Wins League Pennant". Hyannis Patriot. Hyannis, MA. September 6, 1928. p. 7.
  10. ^ "Final Standing in Cape Baseball League". Yarmouth Register. Yarmouth, MA. September 7, 1929. p. 5.
  11. ^ "Ball Season Ends". Hyannis Patriot. Hyannis, MA. September 4, 1930. p. 1.
  12. ^ "Cape Cod Baseball League". Yarmouth Register. Yarmouth, MA. September 12, 1931. p. 5.
  13. ^ "'John Schiffner is Cape Cod League baseball' - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 2017-10-24.

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