Bill Pettingell learned early on how the pecking order worked in the Cape Ann League.
Pettingell was in his third year as the baseball coach at Newburyport in 1974 when the Clippers moved from the Northeastern Conference to the CAL. At the first coaches meeting, he was struck by the reaction when North Reading coach Frank Carey entered the room.
“The coaches were in awe of him, they really respected him,” Pettingell, who won 616 games in a 40-year career before retiring in 2011, said. “I remember the first time we played them, I came away thinking this guy really knows the game of baseball. From there, Newburyport and North Reading became an intense rivalry, one where both teams had a mutual respect for one another.