The Chatham Anglers, more commonly referred to as the Chatham A's and formerly the Chatham Athletics, are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Chatham, MA. Prior to the 2009 season, the team was known as the "Athletics" or "A's" but changed its name to the Chatham Anglers due to Major League Baseball Properties' trademark. The team is a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League and plays in the league's Eastern Division. Chatham currently plays its home games at Veterans Field in the town of Chatham. The A's have been operated by the non-profit Chatham Athletic Association since 1963. Like other Cape League teams, the Chatham Anglers are funded through merchandise sales, donations, and other fundraising efforts at games such as fifty-fifty raffles.
Chatham last won the league championship in 1998, when they defeated the Wareham Gatemen in the championship series.
The Pre-Modern Era
Amateur baseball in the town of Chatham dates back to the early 1900s and the old Cape Cod Twilight League. Chatham was the dominant team in the league throughout the 1930s, winning the Twilight League championship seven consecutive times between 1933 and 1939. The team has played at its current home ballpark, Veteran's Field, since 1923.
The Modern Era
Chatham has seen significant success in the league's modern era, winning a total of five Cape League Championships. They began the modern era by reaching the Cape League championship series for four consecutive years. Their first title came in 1967, when Thurman Munson led the team to a 30–9–4 record in the regular season and a championship victory over the Falmouth Commodores
The A's reached the championship series four more times before they finally won another league title in 1982 when they swept the Hyannis Mets three games to none in the championship series.
Chatham was one of the league's most successful teams throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Chatham made the playoffs nine out of ten years between 1991 and 2000, including with Cape League titles in 1992, 1996, and 1998. The A's have claimed more Cape League Regular Season (7) and Post-Season (7) Eastern Division titles than any other team, their last of which came in 2001 when they lost the championship series to the Wareham Gatemen.
On October 17, 2008, in response to a licensing agreement between the Cape League and Major League Baseball, the A's announced that their team name would be changing to the Chatham Anglers. They will retain their red, white, and blue colors, and the uniforms will still have pinstripes.
The Anglers have a long standing rivalry with the Orleans Firebirds. Besides from the two towns sharing a border, in 2005 when Orleans pitcher Shaun Haviland hit Evan Longoria with a fastball, Longoria and Haviland continued to jaw with each other down the first baseline. The next at bat Longoria took Haviland to deep center and stared him down the first baseline.
The Anglers provide live broadcasts for all 44 regular season games in addition to the playoffs. All home games have a live video and audio stream while road games are audio only. Viewers can find the live video and audio stream by visiting the Broadcast Central page of the Anglers website. Fans can also listen by calling TRZ Teamline toll free to for all broadcasts 1-800-846-4700, code 3841.
Below is an updated list of those who have served as announcers for the A's.
- Guy Benson (Northwestern) 2003-2006
- Dan D'Uva (Syracuse, Fordham) 2003-2008
- Kyle Whitehead (Northwestern) 2007
- Mike Toper (Syracuse) 2007
- Brian Clark (Fordham) 2008, 2009
- Scott Braun (Miami) 2009, 2010
- Aaron Canada (George Mason) 2010, 2011
- Chris Fitzgerald (Oregon) 2011, 2012
- Brandon Liebhaber (Northwestern) 2012, 2013
- Keith Zubrow (Syracuse) 2013
The A's in media
The Chatham A's were featured prominently in the 2001 Warner Bros. motion picture Summer Catch, starring Freddy Prinze Jr.. Jim Collins' The Last Best League (2004, ISBN 0-306-81418-8) is a non-fiction account of the 2002 Chatham A's, which featured infielder Jamie D'Antona.
The Chatham Athletic Association offers internships in Sports Business and Sports Media. Students majoring in sport management, business, marketing, and accounting/finance are mentored on sports-business processes including trend analysis, inventory management, profitability analysis, and marketing projects.
- Bobby Valentine 1967
- Jeff Bagwell 1987–1988
- Jason Bay 1999
- Ryan Z. Braun 2000
- David Bush 2000–2001
- Eric Byrnes 1995
- Jamie D'Antona 2002
- David DeJesus 1999
- Rich Hill 2000–2001
- Chris Ianetta 2002
- Matt Harvey 2008-2009
- Evan Longoria 2005
- Mike Lowell 1994
- Mike MacDougal 1998
- Kevin Mench 1998
- Andrew Miller 2004–2005
- Thurman Munson 1967
- Ross Ohlendorf 2003
- Chad Orvella 2002
- Brian Roberts 1998
- Scott Schoeneweis 1993
- Kyle Snyder 1998
- Tim Stauffer 2002
- Scott Williamson 1996
- Chris Young 2000
- Brad Ziegler 2001
- Chris Coghlan 2005
- 1998 Cape Cod Baseball League Official Yearbook, p. 14
- 2001 Cape Cod Baseball League Official Yearbook, p. 15
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