Two Of Chatham's Finest Among Cape League Hall Of Fame Inductees

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Joey Cora, a former Chatham A, shares his sentiments with those attending the traditional Hall of Fame brunch for the Cape Cod Baseball League on Nov. 18. SportsPix Photo

 

CHATHAM Two alumni of the Chatham Anglers' baseball program were inducted into the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame on Nov. 18 in a traditional ceremony held at the Chatham Bars Inn.

Joining the Hall in 2017 were 1984 infielder Joey Cora and 1985 heavy hitter Timothy McIntosh.

Quick on base paths and a keen eye at the plate, Cora, an infielder from Vanderbilt, played a stellar season, primarily at second base for the 1984 Chatham A’s. He won the Pat Sorrenti MVP Award that year and finished second in hitting with an average of .373, was first in stolen bases, and had the best walk-to-strikeout ratio (31/9) in the league.

Along with regular season play, Cora took part in the CCBL vs.Team USA Olympic game, in which he was named MVP, and was also named to the final CCBL All-Star Team.

Cora was an on-base machine, not only swinging into 60 hits, but racking up 31 BBs (walks) and was known for a particularly keen eye at the plate. On the base paths he used his speed to earn 28 stolen bases. Without question Cora was the offensive leader of the Chatham A’s, but also proved to be the MVP of the CCBL that year. His statistics were very similar to those of Casey Close, but one notable exception was that Cora out-hit Close by nearly 45 points.

Following his time in Chatham, Cora was drafted by the San Diego Padres, ultimately playing for 11 years for the Padres, White Sox, Mariners and Indians. Overall he compiled a career .277 batting average and a .569 slugging percentage.

Following his Big League successes he became a bench coach for the White Sox and Marlins and is currently third base coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

When the Cape League returned from metal to wood bats in 1985 it was the first time many players had hit with wood. Chatham's Timothy McIntosh rose to the challenge mightily.

That year, the A's were the only Cape League team to hit over .300. The Minnesota product enjoyed a remarkable season in which McIntosh led the league in hitting with a .392 batting average, winning the Thurman Munson Award for batting. He also led the League in hits (60) and tied for first place in doubles (13). He was second in runs scored (39), and third in RBIs (32) and slugging percentage (.569).

McIntosh, who played catcher, outfield, and was a designated hitter for the A's, was drafted in the third round in1986 by the Milwaukee Brewers, enjoying a pro ball career that lasted 15 years, five at the Major League level and 10 at the minor league level. He also worked as a scout and minor league coach for the New York Yankees.

He is currently a scout for the Los Angeles Angels.