Collegiate baseball comes to Martha’s Vineyard

Among those in attendance at the opening of the Sharks summer baseball season, Friday, will be Bob Stanley, for 13 years a member of the Boston Red Sox pitching staff.

Stanley won 115 games and lost 97, all with the Sox. He had 132 saves, pitched 1,707 innings and compiled a 3.64 ERA.

He earned his nickname, “the Steamer,” but probably his best pitch was a sinker.

He was twice elected to play in the All Star game and was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2,000.

Uniformed Vineyard Little Leaguers and Babe Ruth League players will be admitted to Friday’s opener free of charge.

The Sharks are members of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England.

Friday’s game is with the Sea Coast Mavericks out of Rochester, New Hampshire. The Sharks play the Mavericks again on Saturday. Game time for home games is 5 pm.