75 Years of Cotuit Kettleers Memories
By Roy Reiss
2022 will be a very special year for the Cotuit Kettleers as we celebrate the 75th year of baseball on Cape Cod. Many people have contributed over the past 75 years-players, donors, house parents, coaches, volunteers and of course the many fans who have flocked to Lowell Park to watch and cheer for the Kettleers. This is another in the series as we recall the many memories people have of the Cotuit Kettleers!
Michael Segel-Intern For as long as I can remember, I always spent a great deal of my school year anxiously anticipating the start of summer. There is nothing inherently unique about a child wanting to spend their time outside in the sun instead of doing homework, yet I believed there was something especially exhilarating about my particular summer routine. My family and I have always gone to Cape Cod for the summer where we were close to the town of Cotuit and historical Lowell Park. I first became involved with the team through the summer camp that Coach Roberts and the Kettleers organized. It was the perfect environment for a kid who was quickly becoming obsessed with anything to do with baseball. I would watch any game that was on television and I was constantly throwing tennis balls off of the roof of my house to see what sorts of amazing diving catches I could make. It was an incredible opportunity for a young kid to be able to take this energy to a summer camp with college baseball players. Even though the players towered over the campers, you would never have guessed it while watching a game of “pickle” or wiffleball. Everyone involved could act like a little kid and play backyard baseball the way it was intended to be played. At night, my family and I would then go to watch the same men from these wiffleball games blast balls into the forest or throw 95 mph fastballs with ease in real games.
I went to the camp until I was a teenager at which point I began to work for the Kettleers as an intern. In this position, I was given