History Archives - Cape Cod LIFE Publications

PLAY BALL! From the Cape Cod Baseball League to the Hall of Fame

(originally published in Cape Cod LIFE, Summer 1981)

‘SELDOM ANY SPLENDID STORY IS wholly true, thought Samuel Johnson. The official version of the Cape Cod Baseball League’s history points up what the English literary figure had in mind, but facts of the league’s past may well be more interesting than folklore.

The Cape League has boasted of “a long and proud history…

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Play Ball!

(originally published in Cape Cod LIFE, July 1999)

The Barnstable Bat Company hits a homerun with their custom baseball bats

Baseball, the tribulations of the Red Sox aside, is a very “user friendly” sport, welcoming every level and stripe of fan. The season begins before the crocuses with the ritual of spring training, and ends in the crisp October air. The 162…

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In A League All Its Own

(originally published in Cape Cod LIFE, April/May 1994)

For decades, one of the Cape’s most memorable summer attractions has been its own amateur baseball league. An organization made up of ten teams and boasting some of the best college players in the country, the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) has long been, as Boston Red Sox talent scout Bill Enos has said,…

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It’s been 70 great years for the Cotuit Kettleers

A brief history of the Cape Cod Baseball League’s winningest team

Fans of the Cape Cod Baseball League who tuned in to the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians likely recognized some familiar faces between the foul lines.
Cleveland’s lights-out closer, Andrew Miller, once brought the heat for Chatham, while Cubs catcher David Ross called games for…

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Traditional stories, fresh perspectives: Presenting Cape Cod LIFE’s 2017 student art contest

The goal of Cape Cod LIFE’s annual high school art contest is to inspire students’ interest in local history as we ask them to illustrate six articles covering historical topics from around the Cape and Islands. The articles—and some of the students’ entries—are featured in the Annual Guide issue you are currently holding.
What we have learned in the three years…

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An Audience with the Emperor

Recalling Hirohito’s 1975 visit to Woods Hole

What would compel the Emperor of Japan, visiting the United States to shore up post-war relations between the two countries, to include a side trip to Woods Hole? Pretty much the same thing that brings visitors from all over the world to Woods Hole: science.
During a two-week trip to the U.S. in 1975 with…

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Recalling the Fireworks

For 25 years, the SS James Longstreet was used as a “target ship” in Cape Cod Bay

The SS James Longstreet has slipped beneath the surface of Cape Cod Bay, but not so long ago, this Liberty Ship was a practice target for US Navy bombers—and a source of entertainment for some Outer Cape residents and visitors.
On summer evenings in the…

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When Nantucketers rode the rails

A century ago, islanders could travel from the harbor to Siasconset by train

Unlike many of Nantucket’s quaint cobblestone streets, which have well-known histories, Easy Street’s origin is as murky as the fog that frequently envelops this waterfront roadway. What can be said about the picturesque one-way is that the town officials who chose the name, some time between 1918 and…

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The Harwich Exchange -it was a community cornerstone

Browsing photos and postcards of the Harwich Exchange buildings from the late 1800s to the 1960s, one can observe the development of this community on the Lower Cape. In the earlier photos, Main Street in Harwich Center is merely a dirt road, and those visiting this commerce center are doing so by way of horse and carriage or their own…

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