Longtime Cape Cod Baseball League Commissioner Paul Galop died on Friday, May 28, after a short battle with cancer.
Galop, who had been involved with the CCBL for 40 years, had retired as league commissioner at the end of the 2019 season after spending 15 consecutive seasons in the job. League officers, players and coaches admired the cool-headed approach that Galop brought to the job.
The affable Galop began his tenure of Cape League service by working with the Chatham A’s, where he was involved with the team on numerous levels, including a stint as the public address announcer. As commissioner, he made appearances at every CCBL ballpark each season to watch the game he loved, as well as hand out league awards and dole out rulings on league matters.
Galop was elected to the CCBL Hall of Fame in 2019.
Current Cape League Commissioner Chuck Sturtevant, of Falmouth, released a statement on the Cape League’s website stating his, and the league’s, sadness and regret. Sturtevant wrote:
“As I am sure you all heard of the passing of a friend, confidant, and Commissioner for 15 years, Paul Galop. It is with a heavy heart that I put my feelings in words.
Paul meant a great deal to me for all his support and guidance as a GM and ending as President. As I go forward I will always say to myself, ‘What would Paul do?’
Paul’s leadership and personal love of the game and the league made us what we are today. ‘The best summer college baseball league in the country.’
A living memorial to Paul’s memory is the naming of the ‘Commissioner’s Cup’ the ‘Paul Galop Commissioner’s Cup.’ This will be given every year to the team and franchises that [have] met the requirements of the Commissioner.
Please hold the Galop family in your thoughts and prayers to help them through this difficult time.
My sincere thanks to all who have expressed what Paul meant to them with social media. What an honor he so richly deserves.”