But there is no joy in Mudville now that the major leagues have struck out. Yet, here in the woods of Cotuit, Mass.—and in other picture-postcard settings—the Cape Cod Baseball League keeps yesterday's game green while preparing the pros of tomorrow. Photographs taken this summer and last attest to that continuity.
In the Cape League, the expression "crowding the plate" takes on new meaning, as shown by two Chatham A's. Likewise "gearing up." It's all part of a life geared to making strides at the ball park.
Townspeople chip in with spare change and spare rooms. In an attic above a Chatham garage, Peyton Mosher serenades one of his three roommates. Cozier is the Chatham press box, where three's a crowd.
While Dave Stenhouse Jr. plays the field (above), Yaz plays proud papa. His son, Mike, gets a medium five after hitting a home run for Harwich. The Yarmouth-Dennis version of the Red Sox is bursting out all over, and a Chatham fan finds a front-row bicycle seat.