The Cape Cod Baseball League announced its 21st Hall of Fame class this week. The class includes five former players and a longtime league executive, for a total of six members who will be honored at a ceremony on November 20.
The ceremony will take place at the Wequassett Inn in Harwich. Tickets are $90 and will include pre-ceremony brunch and admission to the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
To purchase tickets, mail a check addressed to the Cape Cod Baseball League to PO Box 4 Harwich Port, MA 02646 and include the names associated with each ticket purchased. For questions about Hall of Fame tickets, text Mary Henderson at (508) 922-7388.
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Class members are:
Marcus StrowmanMLB pitcher
Played with the Orleans Firebirds
Now an eight-year MLB veteran, the 2017 Gold Glove winner was a fit for the Firebirds in the summer of 2010, following his freshman campaign at Duke University. Stroman dominated all summer for the Firebirds, throwing 28 scoreless innings, keeping opposing hitters to a 120 strikeout average, and recording 11 saves, on his way to being named an East Division All-Star. He added six scoreless innings in the 2011 major league shutout, bringing his career workload to 34 scoreless innings over two summers.
Ian Happ MLB outfielder
He played for the Harwich Mariners
Hap was a member of both the 2013 and 2014 Harwich Mariners. Hap is someone at the major league level known for his versatility, and his time at the Cape was no different. Hap played seven different positions in his super utility summers, including getting a few innings on the mound. Happ began his professional career on a temporary contract before finishing the year with a . 293 average, five home runs, more than 20 runs and an RBI. In 2014, Happ raised his average (329), RBI (26), runs (25), and doubles (12). The Cincinnati Bearcats were a two-team Eastern Division All-Star.
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Billy Wagner, MLB pitcher
Played for Brewster Whitecaps
This will be the former Whitecap’s second Hall of Fame honor, after Wagner was previously inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019 for his career with Ferrum College. Wagner has the highest nine-inning strikeout average in Cape League history (16.2 k/9), striking out 79 batters in 44 innings pitched in 1992. He was voted the league’s Prospect of the Year that year after posting a 3-2 record with a 1 3.59 squeeze out.
Justin Smoak, MLB pitcher
Played for Cotuit Kettleers
Smoak arrived at Lowell Park after his freshman season at South Carolina and immediately found success. He went on to hit 11 home runs, and had a . 565 slugging percentage on his way to being named the league’s Most Valuable Player. Smoak went on to rewrite the Gamecocks’ record books and had a successful 11-year major league career.
Patrick Biondi, MBL outfielder
Played for Cotuit Kettleers
Biondi’s first Cape League match with Cotuit in 2011 had mixed results. He averaged less than 200, but hit 12 steals. It was his second season in 2012 where Michigan’s product really took off. 388 average, 37 runs scored, 19 RBIs and 14 steals. He was voted Cotuit Team Most Valuable Player, and a West Division All-Star.
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Stephen Wilson, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Baseball League
Wilson was a loyal servant of the League, and had volunteered for more than 30 years. Wilson served as treasurer of the League, and is credited with bringing the League to greater financial security with his five-year plans drawing particular praise. Wilson also helped promote the League across the country by advocating for improved broadcasting capabilities. Wilson started with the league in 1986 and was named Richard (Dick) Sullivan Executive of the Year in 2008.