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It’s been 70 great years for the Cotuit Kettleers

It’s been 70 great years for the Cotuit Kettleers, Annual 2017 Cape Cod Life | capecodlife.com

The Kettleers were Cape League champs in the summer of 1964. Photo courtesy of the Cotuit Kettleers

What drives his passion for this local squad? “Cotuit is our team,” Goodwin says. “This team has represented our village. It’s been something we always did, the team we always rooted for, and they were generally successful. There have been a lot of good games and a lot of dramatic wins over the years. It’s been a fun team to watch.”

In 1950, Arnold Mycock, who grew up in Somerset, served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and then attended Brown University, moved to Cotuit and quickly got involved with the Kettleers. He took on the position of general manager—a role he would keep until 1994—and over the years he played a key role in helping transition the league into what it is today: the premier collegiate summer league in the country.

“Arnold was the godfather of the Cape Cod Baseball League and an absolute gentleman,” says Galop. “The Kettleers have clearly been one of the storied franchises around the league for many years. They have always been in a leadership role, and they’ve got a lot to be proud of. They’ve done a wonderful job.”

In 1962 there were two baseball leagues on Cape Cod, one each for the Upper and Lower Cape. That fall, representatives from both, including Mycock, met to discuss the future, eventually deciding to join forces and merge into a single eight-team league with all college players. The following year, 1963, is considered the first year of the modern Cape Cod Baseball League. Cotuit won the last two titles before the merger, the first two after, 12 during Mycock’s tenure as GM, and 16 in total since 1961.

Following the merger, Galop says Cotuit began to recruit players from colleges west of the Mississippi, a practice Cape teams at the time were not doing. With Cotuit’s success on the field, other teams also began to look west.



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