The Roger C. Scudder Award has been awarded annually since 1966 by the Cape Cod Baseball Umpires Association.The purpose of the presentation is to recognize the Cape Cod Senior High School Baseball Player who best exemplifies the characteristic of Sportsmanship.
Nominations are requested from area high school athletic directors, coaches and the CCBUA membership. The Nomination Committee introduces the candidates at the first Membership Meeting in May with voting at the Business Meeting later that month.
The recipient is invited to attend the CCBUA Banquet in June to receive his award.
ROGER CROSBY SCUDDER:
Roger Crosby Scudder 10/18/1923 – 12/25/1965
Roger Scudder was raised in Cotuit, Ma. Graduating from Barnstable High School in 1941. He was a member of the varsity baseball team for three years where he played center field. Mr. Scudder also was the assistant editor of the ‘Barnacle’ yearbook and was known ‘for getting things done’. His nickname in those years was ‘Dago’. In 1945 he met and married Helen P.(Humbert). They brought up two sons, Jeffrey and Roger E. He was employed by the Hyannis Department of Public Works, and part time at the Cotuit Grocery.
Roger played for the Cotuit Athletic Association sponsored Upper Cape Baseball Team in the mid 1940’s. During 1947 this club became known as The Cotuit Kettleers, with Mr. Scudder playing various positions as needed. Two days before the 1950 season was to begin the Kettleer’s manager, Vic Robello, fractured his ankle in an exhibition game. Roger Scudder volunteered to assume his duties and was the teams player/manager through 1952. His association with the team continued throughout the decade. Roger was instrumental in the formation and directorship of the recreational basketball program in Hyannis, and served as manager for a number of years.
Roger Scudder began umpiring baseball around 1955 and was affiliated with the Southeastern Umpires Board. Among their membership were Manny Pina and Danny Silva, both highly regarded officials. Roger benefited by learning the craft from these experienced umpires. Mr. Silva went on to become the first commissioner of the Cape Cod Baseball League in 1963.
Prior to 1957 Cape Cod umpires were a loosely formed group working local games. In that year the group established itself by joining the Southeastern Board, their members included Manny Pina, Danny Silva, and Roger Scudder, all of whom had officiated college baseball games. The Cape Cod Baseball Umpires Association, (CCBUA) was formed in 1958 and these gentlemen with college umpiring experience lent credibility to the fledgling organization. Roger officiated many Cape Cod Baseball League games as well as some of their All Star games in the early to mid 1960’s.
Roger Scudder was a well liked and personable young man with a zest for life on and off the ball field. It has been related that his hours at the Cotuit Grocery were often the busiest as customers enjoyed his happy go lucky, good natured presence. These attributes transferred to the baseball field where Roger was known as a fair and honest umpire who loved the game and being associated with it’s participants. It was important to him that all players were afforded the opportunity to play and learn, sometimes from their mistakes; he always gave them a chance. He was attentive to players who exhibited sportsmanship on the diamond, regardless of their skill level or ability. This character quality was one he keenly was aware of and appreciated without consideration to capability. He was known to comment on individuals who demonstrated this standard of temperament.
Roger Scudder’s unfortunate and untimely death on Christmas day 1965 from a heart attack, took a loving husband, father, friend , and sportsman at far too young an age. He was 42 years old. At a CCBUA meeting in 1966 member John McGinn made a motion suggesting a sportsmanship award be instituted in Roger’s name. It was voted on and passed unanimously.
The Cape Cod Baseball Umpires Association, with respect and admiration, annually presents an award in his honor. The Roger C. Scudder Award is given to a Cape Cod high school senior baseball player who best exemplifies the quality of ‘Sportsmanship’ among his peers.
The History of the Scudder Award and Roger Sudder was researched by Ron Musk with help from George Gaspa of the CCBUA and presented to the CCBUA during it general membership meeting on April 26, 2010. Thanks Ron & George. Thanks To: The Cotuit Kettleers. Kelly Enos database manager, Mr. Arnold Mycock, GM emeritus. Library staff at The Sturgis and The Cotuit Public Libraries. Mr. Matthew ‘Pete’ Pells. Jeffrey and Roger E. Scudder. Georgia, at the Scudder Family Genealogical Website. Mr. John Tambolio. Mr. George Gaspa. Their insights and assistance have been invaluable and much appreciated.
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