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Special Event: Chatham to honor Lyons, Fincher, Schiffner & Baird in July 4 pregame ceremony

by Chatham Athletic Association
Friday, July 01, 2022

Special Event: Chatham to honor Lyons, Fincher, Schiffner & Baird in July 4 pregame ceremony
CHATHAM, Mass. '' The Chatham Athletic Association will hold a pregame ceremony on Monday, July 4, at Veterans Field to recognize the four men whose numbers have been retired by the organization, the late Eddie Lyons, No. 29, Matt Fincher, No. 23, John Schiffner, No. 15, and Ed Baird, No. 19.

Fans are asked to arrive before 6:45 p.m. to enjoy the on-field ceremony.

Ed Lyons at his jersey retirement ceremony in 2001,
flanked by Ken Voges and John Schiffner.

John Schiffner and Matt Fincher in 2004.

29 Eddie Lyons

Lyons, who managed the A's from 1976 to 1982 and won the '82 Cape League championship, was the first person to have his number retired by the team in a 2001 ceremony.

At the time of his retirement, he was the winningest manager in league history at 331 victories, a record which held for 17 years.

Upon induction to the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame'an inaugural class member'he said, "This is my Cooperstown." Lyons passed away in 2011.

23 Matt Fincher

Fincher, a longtime Chatham assistant coach, had his jersey number retired in August 2006 on the day of his final game with the A's. Fincher began his Chatham tenure in 1997, helped the team to the 1998 Cape League title, and mentored dozens of future major leaguers.

Fincher was the head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina Spartanburg, later known as USC Upstate, from 1998 to 2019 and oversaw the program's transition from Division II to Division I. The Athens, Georgia native is a coach for the Vermont Lake Monsters of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

15 John Schiffner

Schiffner, a Cape League Hall of Famer and part of Chatham baseball teams for 34 years, stepped down as Anglers manager in 2017 after 25 years as skipper and a league record 541 regular season wins.

He was part of four Chatham championships, as an assistant coach in 1982 and 1992 and as manager in 1996 and 1998.

He coached nearly 1,000 players, including more than 150 future major leaguers and 42 first-round draft choices. Schiffner, a New Jersey native, played for Providence College and the Harwich Mariners.

Ed Baird throws out a first pitch in 2014.

19 "Big Ed" Baird

Baird has been a centerpiece to baseball in Chatham in two remarkable tenures, first as an all-star pitcher in the 1960s and second as an association director and volunteer to this day.

In 2020, Baseball America ranked Baird the 18th best player in the history of the Cape Cod League. Over three seasons, from 1965 to 1967, he compiled a 16-2 record. In 1965 he set a record with a 0.45 ERA, in 1966 he led the league in strikeouts, and in 1967 he helped Chatham to its first modern-era championship.

Following a reunion of the '67 club in July 2005, Baird reestablished his ties to the team, eventually becoming CAA treasurer and merchandise coordinator and a CCBL director.

The Chatham Athletic Association announced last summer that Baird's No. 19 would be the latest addition to the group of Anglers retired number honorees.