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The Kettleers of Lowell Park: 75 Summers on Cotuit's Field of Dreams

Dates vary between May 27, 2022 - December 23, 2022
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    • Dates: Dates vary between May 27, 2022 - December 23, 2022
    • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
    • Location: Historical Society of Santuit Cotuit
    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Price: FREE!

    One of the ten teams in the Cape Cod Baseball League, the Cotuit Kettleers are celebrating their 75th season this summer. In honor of the milestone, the Historical Society of Santuit & Cotuit is looking back at the history of the team and its ballpark, Elizabeth Lowell Park, and their impact upon the village of Cotuit. 

    Surrounded by woods and featuring green-roofed structures evoking small-town railroad stations of old, the ballpark looks like a scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting. At the same time, it attracts a lineup of heavy hitters (both literally and figuratively) from collegiate baseball teams all over the country. Not far behind the talent come the Major League scouts, armed with their high-tech radar guns, measuring - not uncommonly at Cape Cod Baseball League fields - pitching speeds exceeding 90 miles per hour. High-flying dreams, big business and captivating sports entertainment converge at 5 P.M. many summer afternoons, right in the heart of sleepy Cotuit. 

    The exhibition traces the team's evolution. While there were ballgames at Lowell Park dating back to at least the 1910s, Cotuit didn't have a team in the Cape League until after it was revived in 1946, following World War II. Cotuit joined in 1947. At that time, the league stipulated players had to live on Cape Cod. Among the players were Walter Kraft, the local minister, and Jim Perkins, who made "Ripley's Believe It or Not" for hitting two grand slams in the same inning during a 1949 game. Among the artifacts selected to help tell the team's story is a Kettleers uniform and baseball glove once belonging to Manny Robello, who played for the team beginning with its inaugural 1947 season and went on to serve as Cotuit Athletic Association's president for many years. 

    On view in the Cotuit Museum Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 4 PM from Memorial Day weekend through Christmas. 

    Photo Credit: Paul Rifkin 

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    Historical Society of Santuit Cotuit

    1148 Main Street, Cotuit, MA 02635