Leader of the League

Judy Scarafile has guided Cape Cod League to new heights

March 31, 2012
(NBHOF Library)

She’s already represented in Cooperstown, but Judy Scarafile’s place in baseball history is still being written. As President of the Cape Cod Baseball League since 1991, she’s worked with the summer wooden bat collegiate league for more than 40 years.

In October 2010, the University of Connecticut grad and Massachusetts-based pharmacist had her photo added to the Diamond Dreams exhibit on the second floor of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. She joins visionary Camden Yards architect Janet Marie Smith, President of Business Operations for the Houston Astros Pam Gardner and others in the “In the Office” section of the exhibit.

Scarafile tackles whatever is in front of her with unrelenting energy. Beginning her relationship with the Cape League as an official scorer, she’s held the positions of publicity assistant, league publicist, secretary, deputy commissioner and VP before becoming the only female president in the league’s 127-year history 21 years ago.

Under her tenure as president, the league has continued to grow and prosper as the nation’s top collegiate summer league. Scarafile oversees seemingly every aspect of the Cape League’s administration, from finances to public relations. She organized the league’s Strategic Planning Committee and as the first director of corporate development has secured over 50 sponsors which bring the circuit’s annual budget to $550,000.

Among current Major League stars who can be counted as alumni of the league are Jason Bay, Lance Berkman, Tim Lincecum, Dustin Pedroia, Buster Posey, Brian Roberts, Nick Swisher and Chase Utley along with recently retired All-Stars like Nomar Garciaparra and Mike Lowell.

Drawing top-tier college prospect, using the wood bats they’d use at the next level, play is often considered to be around Single A Minor League Baseball. As evidence of the Cape League’s success, in 2006, over 1,000 alumni were playing professional baseball; in 2008, the MLB-backed league had 205 alumni either playing in the majors or on big league disabled lists.

Because of all this success and growth, Scarafile was the first woman inducted into the Cape Cod League’s Hall of Fame in 2003. She’s also a member the Yawkey Foundation Board of Trustees and is chair of its grants committee.

Trevor Hayes is the former editorial production manager at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum