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Chatham with 23 alums in CCBL Hall of Fame with three more inducttees

by CCBL Public Relations
Sunday, June 10, 2012

Chatham with 23 alums in CCBL Hall of Fame with three more inducttees
WEST YARMOUTH, Mass.  A mainstay of the 2012 Boston Red Sox bullpen, a Harvard two-sport star from the 1960s and a native Cape Codder who pitched in the major leagues and went on to become one of New Englands most successful college coaches are among the eight men who will comprise the 13th Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame class, scheduled for induction on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, Mass.

Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Jim Higgins made the announcement Sunday, June 10, during the leagues annual First Pitch Brunch at the Ninety-nine Restaurant here.

Inductees include current Red Sox southpaw Andrew Miller (Chatham, 2004 & 05), former all-star infielder Dan DeMichele (Sagamore, 1965-66; Yarmouth, 1967-68) and former major league hurler and Truro native, the late Danny Deacon McFayden (Osterville, 1924; Falmouth, 1925).

Also slated for induction are long-time player and administrator Jack Aylmer, who was instrumental in founding both the Hyannis Mets and Bourne Braves franchises; record-setting Falmouth outfielder Billy Best; University of Delaware head baseball coach Jim Sherman, a two-time all-star outfielder at Chatham, and two posthumous inductees, Chatham and Harwich field manager John Carroll and long-time Orleans player and manager Laurin Pete Peterson.

Three Anglers were part of the 2012 Hall of Fame class:

John Carroll, Chatham & Harwich

This legendary Natick High School coach managed at Chatham from 1961 to 1963 and at Harwich in 1968 and 69, compiling a personal record of 100-78. He was the first CCBL manager to finish first with two different teams, capturing Lower Division pennants at Chatham in 1962 and 63 and at Harwich in 68. He was also the first to record 25-plus victories with two different teams. Carroll captained the 1952 Duke University baseball team, which went to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He retired in 1991 after a 32-year career at Natick High, where he coached such future stars as Walt Hriniak, Doug Flutie and Cape League Hall of Famer Steve Saradnik. Carroll was the first Massachusetts high school baseball coach to win 500 or more games and is a member of the Massachusetts High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Malden High Hall of Fame. Born and raised in Malden, where he was a star athlete, he achieved remarkable coaching success at Natick, and he retired to Chatham, where he spent the last 13 years of his life still working with young people.

Andrew Miller was named the CCBL's top prospect in 2005
Andrew Miller, Chatham

The 6-foot-7 North Carolina southpaw fashioned back-to-back superlative seasons in the Cape League, posting a 2-0 record with a 2.03 ERA in 2004 and a 6-0 mark with a 1.65 ERA in 05 when he was named the leagues outstanding pro prospect, co-pitcher of the year and college summer baseballs player of the year. Andrew set the University of North Carolina record with most strikeouts in a season (133) and career (325) and was named Baseball Americas National Player of the Year, while also winning the Roger Clemens Award as the nations top pitcher. He was a first-round draft choice of the Detroit Tigers in 2006 and later signed with the Boston Red Sox with whom he posted a 6-3 record in 2011 and is one of their top relievers in 2012.

Jim Sherman, Chatham

This University of Delaware star batted .339 in 1980, .335 in 81 and earned all-star honors both seasons as a slugging outfielder for the Chatham As. He helped the 1980 club, managed by Ed Lyons, to a 29-13-1 record and a first-place finish before losing a best-of-five championship series to Falmouth. Sherman played every one of his teams games and was a two-time all-star. In 81, he was named the Daniel J. Silva Sportsmanship Award winner. Besides averaging .337 over two seasons with Chatham, Sherman also carved out an impressive four-year career at Delaware, hitting .347 while belting 46 home runs and collecting 277 RBIs from 1979-1982. He earned All-East Conference honors all four years. A sixth-round draft choice of the Houston Astros in 1982, Shermans hopes of making the big club were dashed by a knee injury in 1985 and he finished his pro career in Triple-A. He turned to coaching, starting in 1987 at Wilmington College, where he won numerous coach-of-the-year awards. In 1995, he moved to his alma mater as an assistant under Hall of Fame coach Bob Hannah and succeeded Hannah as head coach in 2001. Shermans Blue Hens have been consistent title contenders and have made two NCAA tournament appearances. Sherman was elected to the Wilmington College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, the University of Delaware Baseball Hall of Fame in 200 and University of Delaware Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

These three inductees bring the total number of alumni in the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame to 23. The full list is below.

Chatham Alumni in CCBL Hall of Fame

2000 Ed Lyons, manager ('76-82); Thurman Munson ('67)
2002 George Greer ('66-67)
2003 Ed Baird ('65-67); Joe Jabar ('66-67)
2004 John Caneira ('73); Don Reed, coach ('85-86)
2005 Ken Voges ('63)
2006 Steve Duda ('91-92); Rik Currier ('98-99)
2007 Steve Saradnik ('64-67); Walt Terrell ('79)
2008 Derrick DePriest ('99); Mike Stenhouse ('77-79)
2009 Zane Carlson ('01-03); Joe "Skip" Lewis, manager ('65-69)
2010 Tom Grieve ('66); Tom Weir ('66)
2011 Dave Bush ('00-01); Mike Lowell ('94)
2012 John Carroll ('61-63); Andrew Miller ('04-05); Jim Sherman ('80-81)