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Cotuit Kettleers History

The Cotuit Athletic Association was organized in 1947, primarily as a sponsor for the Cotuit Kettleers baseball team. The Cotuit Athletic Association was chartered in Massachusetts as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1963, and has grown tremendously in its scope since that time. The Cotuit Athletic Association tax-exempt IRS identification number is: 04-6064917. Cotuit Athletic Association members fully maintain the Lowell Park baseball facility (annual maintenance and capital improvements), find housing and jobs for the team members and coaches, provide uniforms and baseball equipment for a 44-game schedule, and operate baseball clinics for youngsters. The Cotuit Athletic Association also provides college scholarship assistance to local students, awards high school MVP trophies in both boys and girls baseball and hockey programs, donates baseball clinic camperships, and sponsors five baseball teams in local community recreation departments. 

 

The Cotuit Kettleers organization was voted the Best Amateur College Program of the Decade by “Baseball America” in 2000. The Cotuit Kettleers have won a record 17 Cape Cod Baseball League championships. The officers, directors, and members of the Cotuit Athletic Association devote their time and energies as volunteers, working year-round to raise funds and organize activities which provide for the enjoyment of baseball games and baseball clinics in the community every year.  The Cotuit Athletic Association, a non-profit corporation, depends entirely on private donations for its support of the Cotuit Kettleers baseball team, community youth programs, and maintaining Lowell Park. In fact, Lowell Park is the only Cape Cod Baseball League playing field and Town of Barnstable field maintained by private funds. Raising money for operating and capital improvement budgets is a year-round, non-stop effort for our volunteers. 

Origin of Cotuit Kettleers Name

More than 300 years ago, according to legend, the Indians bartered with the early settlers for the land on which the villages of Cotuit and Santuit now stand. The terms of the sale were a brass kettle with a hoe thrown in for good measure.  Thus, the Cotuit baseball team's nickname, “Kettleers”, was derived from that early real estate transaction.  The story is told that Ed Semprini, former Sports Editor of the Cape Cod Standard Times, coined the Kettleers' name in his coverage of the Cape Cod League games in the late 1940’s. 

Notable Kettleers Alumni Who Have Played in the Majors

Ruben Amaro, Brian Anderson, Matt Andriese, Garrett Atkins, Mark Bellhorn, Charlie Blackmon, Darren Bragg, Rex Brothers, Damon Buford, Curt Casali, Will Clark, Michael Clevinger, CJ Cron, Ron Darling, Scott Erickson, John Franco, Cory Gearrin, Joe Girardi, Yan Gomes, Danny Goodwin, Matt Grace, Jason Grilli, Justin Grimm, Aaron Harang, Josh Harrison, Chase Headley, Joe Hesketh, Luke Hochevar, Ken Howell, Jeff Innis, Tony Kemp, Jeff Kent, Jason Kipnis, Derek Lilliquist Jeff Manship, Deven Marrero, Mike Matheny, Justin Maxwell, Dave McCarty, Lou Merloni, Tim Naehring, Steve Pearce, Jeff Reardon, Gary Redus, Tim Salmon, JB Shuck, Tony Sipp, Justin Smoak, Scott Spiezio, Ed Sprague, Drew Storen, Terry Steinbach, Tim Teufel, Chase Utley, Greg Vaughn, Chris Widger, Dan Wilson, Bradley Zimmer

Board of Directors

Fran Maycock, President; Stacy Wardwell, Vice President; Scott Hill, Vice President; Cheryl McPhillips, Secretary; Jared Palmer, Treasurer; Bruce Murphy, General Manager; Alan Blanchette, Paul Logan, Becky Manikas, Sue Pina, Leah Ridpath, Roy Reiss, Andy Bonaker, Chuck McKenzie

 

Cape Cod Baseball League Championships

1961 • 1962 • 1963 • 1964 • 1972 • 1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1977

1981 • 1984 • 1985 • 1995 • 1999 • 2010 • 2013 • 2019

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