February 27 - 2007: Israel imitates the CCBL

1952: Cape Cod clobbered, 2 die as 80% without power, 100 miles of our roads are impassable
In 2007,the Israel Baseball League announced their opening day. They got the idea from the CCBL.

1952: Cape gets clobbered with worst snowstorm in over half a century

Two die, 80% of homes without power, roads impassable

On this day in 1952, at least 2 people were killed, several thousand Cape Cod homes left without heat and more than 100 miles of Cape highways rendered impassable "after one of the worst northeast snowstorms to hit southern New England in 50 years," the Associated Press reported.

Electrical power was lost to an estimated 80 percent of Cape residences, businesses and public buildings, according to the AP, while "drifts as high as 12 feet halted all modes of transportation."

The storm stranded nearly 1,000 automobiles on main highways and knocked down scores of telephone and utility poles.

The 20-inch snowfall "was piled into virtually impenetrable drifts" by northeast winds gusting to 60 mph, the AP reported.

The storm also caused the loss of all telephone and electrical service on Nantucket and knocked over a 120-foot Loran Tower used by the Coast Guard as a navigational aid to vessels in the Atlantic.

2007: Israeli league won't be joke

Got the idea from Cape Cod Baseball League the previous summer

On this day in 2007 it was announced that June 24 will be Opening Day for the Israel Baseball League, six all-new professional teams and a schedule of 45 seven-inning games. So the seventh-inning stretch and God Bless (country of your choice) come in the fifth inning and a quality start is 4-1/3 innings, OK, maybe 4-2/3, it's not worth arguing about.

The Mets have three Jewish players - Scott Schoeneweis, Shawn Green and David Newhan - and at least one Jewish owner. Yesterday, two old New Yorkers, Art Shamsky, who played for the Miracle Mets of 1969, and Ken Holtzman, who pitched two no-hitters and won more games than any Jewish pitcher in history.

Shamsky, 65, resembles Tommy Lee Jones, and Holtzman, 61, who teaches math, looks like a hard marker. Larry Baras is the man who came up with the idea of a professional league for Israel. He was watching a game in the Cape Cod League last summer, moms and dads sitting with their kids, when the light bulb went on over his head.

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