*New Book!* Beach Chairs and Baseball Bats A Celebration of the Cape Cod Baseball League
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What is it about baseball that has entrenched itself so in our collective psyche? Why is it that credit card commercials celebrating family time are set in baseball stadiums and not at football fields? Why is it that the entries in seaside sand sculpture contests are so often dominated by baseball-themed designs?
Perhaps the answer lies in baseball's timelessness, in the way it connects generations, in the sense of community it creates as cities and citizens rally around specific teams, and in the way it is shared by people of all generations, genders, and ethnicities. Whatever the reason, it is clear that there is much more than a game going on at any given ballyard. And when the experience is done right, to paraphrase baseball legend Bill Veeck, "every day is Mardis Gras, and every fan is king."
Tracing its origins to the mid-1860s, the Cape Cod Baseball League has long been a proving ground for young ballplayers and a source of pride for local denizens. A hidden jewel in the Cape's trove of summer activities, the league today is emerging as a popular attraction not only for hard-core hardballers, but for casual fans and tourists as well, and it is universally regarded as one the best sports 'takes' in the country.
Beach Chairs and Baseball Bats takes you on a personal journey through the league, exploring how the games actually come to be and introducing the people who make the experience so special. From the players and their families to the townspeople and the scouts, the cast of characters encompasses a curious mix of transients and habitants who share a single bond: a love for the game and an appreciation for the region. Their stories must not be missed.
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Survey Research to Enhance the
One of TheBallyard.com's mainstream in-season activities
involves conducting surveys to identify where fans are coming from, capture critical
demographic information (income, age, marital status, etc.), and identify
operational areas working well and in need of improvement. This is a central
component of our activities and speaks directly to our desire to ensure
every fan has the utmost fun possible. Teams with which we have been most
recently involved in this regard include the Brockton
Rox and the Yarmouth-Dennis
Evangelism & Promotion Promotion & Articulation of All That's Good About the Game
TheBallyard.com is dedicated to promoting and articulating all that is special about baseball, both as
an important piece of our cultural identity and as a major contributor to
our national lifestyle. We do this in several ways:
We work directly with teams and leagues to identify and address areas of specific interest
We write extensively about various aspects of the game
We speak publicly, in person and
via the broadcast media, about events, trends, and the game itself
goal is to help ensure both the casual fan and the committed participant appreciate baseball to the fullest, and come away with the same sense of joy their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents felt decades before.