Bourne Braves

The Bourne Braves are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Bourne, Massachusetts. The team is a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) and plays in the league's West Division. The Braves play their home games at Doran Park on the campus of Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School in Bourne. The Braves are owned and operated by the non-profit Bourne Athletic Association.

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Information
LeagueCape Cod Baseball League (West Division)
LocationBourne, Massachusetts
BallparkDoran Park
League championships1936, 2009
Former name(s)Bourne Canalmen
ManagerHarvey Shapiro
General ManagerDarin Weeks
PresidentNicole Norkevicius
Websitewww.bournebraves.org

Bourne won its first and only CCBL championship of the modern era in 2009 by defeating the Cotuit Kettleers two games to none to win the best of three championship series. The Braves and the Brewster Whitecaps joined the CCBL in 1988 as expansion teams, bringing the number of teams in the league to its current ten. The team has been led since 2003 by field manager Harvey Shapiro.

HistoryEdit

Pre-modern eraEdit

Early yearsEdit

Bourne's baseball history is one of the longest of all teams on the Cape, dating as far back as the 1860s when the town was still part of Sandwich. In 1867, Sandwich had four organized baseball teams: the Nichols, Independent, Shawme, and American clubs.[1] The "Independent Club" defeated the "Mattakeesetts" of Yarmouth that year, winning 41–35 in eight innings.[2] The same year, the "Nichols Club" played a series of three games against the "Cummaquid Club" of Barnstable. The first game, played "a short distance from the Sandwich Glass Company's works," was won by the Cummaquids, but the Nichols Club took the second game played in Barnstable. The third game was contested at a "neutral" site in West Barnstable, with the Cummaquid Club taking the rubber match. Of these early contests, it was reported that, "a large party from this and adjoining villages were present to witness the game, and as it was new to very many of the number, it was of unusual interest."[3][4][5]

In 1909, a team from Bourne sponsored by the Keith Car & Manufacturing Company of Sagamore played a pair of games against the Falmouth town team.[6][7] In 1910, the Sagamore club was described as "one of the finest local teams on the Cape."[8] Although the 1910 team lost twice to the powerful Hyannis town team early in the summer,[9][10] the Keith squad had its revenge at the close of the season in what was billed as the baseball "championship of the Cape" at the annual Barnstable County Fair.[11] In the four-team tournament, Falmouth defeated Hyannis and Sagamore shut out Wellfleet to set up a final game between Sagamore and Falmouth. On a rain-soaked day that produced "mud and slippery ball and bats," Sagamore prevailed in a shortened seven-inning contest, by a score reported variously as 9–3 or 10–3.[11][12][13] The Keith team had another successful year in 1911,[14][15] and again made a strong showing at the season-ending fair tournament.[16][17] The Keith Car team continued to compete through at least the 1913 season, when the club was described as the "strongest team on the Cape."[18][19][20]

 
A night game at Doran Park, home of the Bourne Braves

The early Cape League era (1923–1939)Edit

Bourne first joined the Cape League in 1933. The league had begun in 1923 with four teams,[21] but over the years various towns moved in and out of the league. In 1933, Provincetown had joined the league for the first time, but withdrew mid-season. Bourne stepped in and played out the remainder of Provincetown's schedule, but won only one game in its inaugural partial season.[22][23] Bourne remained in the league until the league itself folded after the 1939 season,[24][25] and played its home games at the Bourne High School diamond.

In 1934 and 1935, Bourne featured hard-hitting third baseman Bob "Red" Daughters, who went on to play for the Boston Red Sox.[26][27] Bourne's mainstay during this period was Massachusetts native Tony Plansky, who was a league all-star for Bourne each year from 1933 to 1939. Plansky, a star fullback from Georgetown University, had played professionally in the National Football League for the New York Giants and Boston Braves. Prior to the NFL, Plansky had played for Hyannis in the Cape League in 1928,[28] and when his football career was over, Plansky returned to the Cape to play for Bourne. In 1999, Plansky was ranked by Sports Illustrated as the #25 all-time greatest sports figure from Massachusetts.[29] He was inducted into the CCBL Hall of Fame in 2001.[30]

Bourne had its most successful campaign of the era in 1936, winning the Cape League title led by player-manager Larry Donovan, the team's first baseman. Normally during this period, the Cape League season had no playoffs; a champion was determined by the best regular season record. But as it had done in 1933 and 1935, the league split the 1936 season in two half-seasons, with the winners of the two halves meeting in a post-season series for the overall title. In 1936, no post-season was needed, as Bourne took both the first and second half titles and was declared league champion.[31]

The Upper and Lower Cape League era (1946–1962)Edit

The Cape League was revived after World War II,[32] and the new league began play in 1946 with 11 teams playing in Upper Cape and Lower Cape divisions. The town of Bourne was represented in the Upper Cape Division by Bourne and Sagamore teams. Bourne's team would become known as the Bourne Canalmen, and Sagamore's as the Sagamore Canal Clouters, or Sagamore Clouters.

The Canalmen played in the league until 1950, then after a decade-long hiatus, returned to the league in 1961. The Bourne team of the 1940s featured CCBL Hall of Famer Jack Sanford, a hard-throwing lefty who would go on to play with Sagamore until 1954, winning a career total of 60 games in the league, including a no-hitter in 1953.[33][34]

 
Keith Field, former home of the Sagamore Clouters

The Clouters played at Keith Field, just steps from the Cape Cod Canal in the shadow of the Sagamore Bridge. Keith Field had been dedicated in 1936 and named in memory of Bourne native Eben Keith, a Massachusetts state senator and head of Keith Car & Manufacturing Company, once the Cape's largest industrial plant. The field was constructed privately by the Marconi Social and Athletic Club on land previously occupied by the Keith plant.[35][36][37][38]

The Clouters were initially led by CCBL Hall of Fame manager Pat Sorenti, who later served as president and commissioner of the Cape League.[39] CCBL Hall of Famer George Karras was Sagamore's player-manager from 1948 to 1954.[40] Karras' teams starred CCBL Hall of Famer Tello Tontini, the team's popular infielder, who was a seven-time all-star for Sagamore from 1946 to 1952.[41] Karras was followed by fellow CCBL Hall of Famer Manny Pena, who had played in the league for Falmouth and Sagamore from 1946 to 1955, and skippered the Clouters from 1956 to 1961.[33]

Sagamore was a league powerhouse throughout the decade of the 1950s. To fans, it seemed that Sagamore would reach the league championship series every season, usually to face the Lower Cape's dominant team, Orleans. The Clouters claimed league titles in 1951, 1954, 1956 and 1959. At a time when most Cape League teams generally abided by the unwritten rule of using predominantly local players, Sagamore led the way in recruiting collegiate talent, and so set the stage for the league's modern era.

In the 1954 Cape League championship series, Games 1 and 2 against Orleans were played as a doubleheader. In a matchup of CCBL Hall of Fame hurlers, Orleans took Game 1, 4–3, with Roy Bruninghaus outdueling the Clouters' Jack Sanford. Sagamore answered in Game 2 with a 5–3 victory behind moundsman Dick Smith.[42] The Clouters took Game 3, but Orleans knotted the series with a 10–6 Game 4 victory, setting up a decisive Game 5 to be played on the neutral Chatham field.[43] In the finale, the Clouters held down Orleans early, leading 5–0 after seven behind a masterful performance by Sanford. Orleans rallied to score three in the eighth, and with two down in the ninth, pushed across another and put the tying run on second. With the series on the line, Sanford put Orleans batter Johnny Linnell in the hole with two quick strikes. Linnell managed to foul off the next five offerings before Sanford finally whiffed him on a high ball to claim the crown for the Clouters.[44]

 
In the late 1950s, brothers Billy and Bobby Cleary played for the Sagamore Clouters. The pair went on to lead the US to Olympic gold in ice hockey in 1960.

The Clouters faced Cotuit for the 1956 Upper Cape title, and swept the Kettleers in two games. Sagamore jumped out early in Game 1 at Lowell Park with a six-run second frame, and hurler Johnny Karras made it stand up, tossing a complete game in the 7–5 win. The Clouters pasted Cotuit at Keith Field in Game 2, striking in the second once again with an eight-run frame, and riding the strong arm of Dick Smith to the 13–2 victory.[45][46] The win sent Sagamore to the Cape League title series against the Lower Cape champion Dennis Clippers. Smith twirled a two-hitter in Game 1 of the title tilt, and the Clouters downed the Clippers at Dennis, 7–1. Game 2 was a tight pitcher's duel early, but Sagamore scratched out a 5–3 win to secure its third Cape League championship in six years.[47]

From 1956 to 1958, the Clouters featured Billy Cleary, the 1958 Upper Cape MVP, and his brother Bobby Cleary.[47][48][49] The Clearys were Harvard ice hockey standouts who would go on to lead the US ice hockey team to a gold medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics.[50] Sagamore's 1958 and 1959 teams featured Bill Powers, who earned the Upper Cape Division's Most Valuable Pitcher Award in both seasons. The 1962 Clouters featured CCBL Hall of Famer Wayne Granger, who hit .329 with six homers.[51]

Modern era (1963–present)Edit

The 1960s and 1970sEdit

In 1963, the CCBL was reorganized and became officially sanctioned by the NCAA. The league would no longer be characterized by "town teams" who fielded mainly Cape Cod residents, but would now be a formal collegiate league. Teams began to recruit college players and coaches from an increasingly wide geographic radius.[52]

The league was originally composed of ten teams, which were divided into Upper Cape and Lower Cape divisions. The Clouters and Canalmen joined Wareham, Falmouth, and Cotuit in the Upper Cape Division.[53]

Bourne reached the playoffs in 1963, but was bumped out in the first round by Wareham. In 1964, CCBL Hall of Famer Lou Lamoriello became Bourne's 21-year-old player-manager. Lamoriello had played in the Cape League since 1961 with Harwich and Orleans.[54] His 1964 Bourne club starred league batting champion Harry Nelson, who hit .390 for the season.[55]

 
CCBL Hall of Famer Lou Lamoriello skippered Sagamore to the CCBL title in 1965.

Sagamore's 1963 team featured future major league all-star Billy Grabarkewitz, but the team finished in last place with only six wins on the season.

The two teams from Bourne merged for the 1965 season as the Sagamore Canalmen.[56][57] The 1965 team was skippered by Lou Lamoriello, now no longer in a player-manager role. Powered by an array of talented ballplayers, the 1965 club went 25–9 in the regular season and claimed the CCBL championship in a five-game series with Chatham. The Clouters starred league MVP Ron Bugbee, and future CCBL Hall of Famers Dan DeMichele,[58] shortstop Bob Schaefer,[59] and pitcher Noel Kinski, who won 10 games for the team.[39]

In 1967, the club reclaimed its former moniker Bourne Canalmen, and the late 1960s saw two more CCBL Hall of Fame players on the team. Former Bourne High School baseball star Jim Prete played several seasons in the CCBL with Bourne and Wareham.[60] Notre Dame slugger Dick Licini was league MVP in 1968, leading the league with a .382 batting average.[59]

Bourne withdrew from the league for the 1970 season, but was back the following season.[61] 1971 and 1972 saw the return of 1965 Sagamore shortstop Bob Schaefer, now the pilot of the Bourne team.[59] Schaefer's 1972 team featured CCBL Hall of Fame pitcher John Caneira, who racked up 119 strikeouts as the league's Outstanding Pitcher.[41] The team folded after the 1972 season,[62] beginning a 16-year period when Bourne would not field a team in the league.

 
Bill Mueller, 1992 Bourne Brave and starting third basemen for the 2004 World Series champion Boston Red Sox

The 1980s: the Braves are bornEdit

In 1988, the Cape League expanded from eight teams to ten, adding the Brewster Whitecaps and Bourne Braves, and forming two new five-team divisions. The drive to secure a team for Bourne was led by former state senator and CCBL Hall of Famer Jack Aylmer, the president of Bourne's Massachusetts Maritime Academy.[58] Aylmer had spearheaded the Cape League's addition of an expansion franchise in Hyannis in 1976,[63] and his position at the Maritime Academy afforded him a similar opportunity in 1988. The Bourne Braves would call the Academy's Hendy Field home from 1988 to 1995, when they moved to Coady School Field next to Bourne High School.

In their inaugural 1988 season, the Braves were skippered by Maritime Academy assistant coach Jim Watkins.[64] Worcester, Massachusetts native and Dartmouth College product Mark Johnson played for the Braves in 1988 and 1989, and went on to play several seasons in the big leagues. In 1989, just the Braves' second year in the league, Watkins' squad finished the regular season in first place atop the West Division, but was bumped from the playoffs in the West finals by Hyannis.[65][66] The 1989 Braves starred infielder Bob Rivell, the league's 10th Player Award winner, who led the league with a .358 batting average, and also featured Cape Cod native Jeff Handler of Harwich, the team's starting third baseman from Eastern Connecticut State University.[64]

The 1990sEdit

Bourne struggled throughout the 1990s, and fan support was low at times.[67] The team made the playoffs only twice, being ousted by Wareham in the West Division finals in both 1997 and 1998.[68] Notable players of the decade included local product Steve Corradi of Sandwich and UMass-Amherst, who was a league all-star for the Braves in 1990,[69][70] and returned to the Braves in 1991 and 1992.[71][72] The 1991 Braves featured two future CCBL Hall of Famers: Framingham, Massachusetts native Lou Merloni,[51] and tall righty Bill Wissler, who returned from the 1990 team and was named the league's Outstanding Pitcher in both seasons. Wissler had posted an 8–2 record with a 1.56 ERA in 1990. In 1991, he led the league in innings pitched with 92, and posted a 1.96 ERA with seven complete games and three shutouts.[73] The 1991 squad also featured slugger Bobby Higginson, who went on to an 11-year career with the Detroit Tigers. Bill Mueller was a Cape League all-star with the 1992 Braves,[74] then went on to win an American League batting title, and was starting third baseman for the World Series champion 2004 Boston Red Sox. 1992 Braves hurler Ron Villone left the team mid-season to play for Team USA at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona,[75][76][77] and 1994 Brave Mark Kotsay won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics before going on to a 17-year major league career. Future major league all-stars Brandon Inge and hurler Mark Mulder were CCBL all-stars for the Braves in 1997.[78]

The 2000s and the Braves' first championshipEdit

Bourne's 2001 team featured CCBL Hall of Fame reliever Ryan Speier, winner of the league's Outstanding Relief Pitcher Award. Speier set a league record with 16 saves, and allowed only 10 hits, one walk, and one earned run in his 20 innings of relief.[60] The team made the playoffs, but was once again ousted by Wareham.

2003 saw the arrival of manager Harvey Shapiro.[79] In his first year with the team, Shapiro would lead the Braves to their first appearance in the league's championship series, where they were defeated by Orleans.[80][81][82] The Braves were led by the microscopic earned run averages of Kyle Schmidt (0.55) and CCBL Hall of Famer Eric Beattie (0.39).[83] Beattie went 4–0 and struck out 51 while walking only six on the season, and was named the league's Outstanding Pitcher. The team would again reach the championship series in 2005, but was again shut down by Orleans.[84][85][86]

In 2006, the Braves moved from Coady Field to a new field constructed behind Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School. The following season, the field was dedicated as "Doran Park" in honor of George Doran, Sr.[87][88] The 2006 team was powered by future Boston Red Sox slugger Mitch Moreland, who won the league's annual All-Star Game Home Run Derby.[89]

 
CCBL Hall of Famer Kyle Roller was playoff MVP of the Braves 2009 championship team.

In 2009, the Braves finished in first place in the West Division, and featured the league's MVP in CCBL Hall of Famer Kyle Roller,[90] who hit .342 with 33 RBIs and a league-best 10 home runs during the regular season, and Pierre LePage, the spark plug of Shapiro's club, who was the league's 10th Player Award winner.[91] In a year when playoff seedings crossed divisional lines, Bourne faced old nemesis Orleans for the right to advance to the championship series.

Game 1 of the semi-final series did not look good for Bourne, as Orleans hurler Jorge Reyes dominated the Braves through eight innings at Doran Park, and took a 2–0 lead into the final frame. But with one out in the ninth, Bourne's Scott Woodward singled, and LePage drew a four-pitch walk that marked the end of Reyes' night. Roller then lined a shot off the shortstop's glove into left field that allowed Woodward to score on a close play at home. LePage scored the game-tying run on a wild pitch, and Stefan Romero belted a long sacrifice fly that brought in Roller from third with the walk-off score.[92] Game 2 at Eldredge Park was not as dramatic. Braves starter Seth Maness set down 10 straight Firebirds to open the game, and Bourne got solo shots from LePage and Roller, going on to shut out Orleans, 8–0, and sweeping its way into the CCBL title series against Cotuit.[93]

The championship series opened at Doran Park, with the Braves starting Alex Wimmers on the mound for Game 1. The Braves proceeded to jump all over the Kettleers, scoring seven in the first, and another six in the second, on a total of eight hits and eight walks in the first two frames. Cotuit managed only one run through five innings, but had begun to make noise in the sixth when the game was interrupted multiple times and finally called due to heavy fog, a 15–5 Braves victory.[94] In Game 2 at Lowell Park, LePage again was the spark, belting a two-run single in the third, then stealing second and drawing a throw that allowed Woodward to score from third to put the Braves up, 3–1. Bourne would never look back. Starter Eric Cantrell tossed five plus, then gave way to Logan Billbrough and closer Kevin Munson, who shut down the Kettleers' attack. Bourne took it, 5–1, to complete the sweep and earn the Braves' first CCBL title, and the first for a Bourne team since the 1965 Sagamore club. Roller took home playoff MVP honors, having hit .500 with eight RBIs in the post-season.[95][96][97]

 
Slugger Pete Alonso played for Bourne in 2015.

The 2010sEdit

The Braves reached the playoffs in nine of ten years in the 2010s, advancing to the West Division finals five times. Bourne was back in the title series in 2017, but was downed by Brewster in a matchup of the two 1988 expansion franchises.[98] Skipper Harvey Shapiro continued to pilot the team throughout the decade, his total years with the Braves surpassing the total of all previous managers combined.[99][100]

In 2010, Bourne featured the league's Outstanding Pro Prospect and Outstanding Relief Pitcher, Tony Zych. Zych allowed only two runs while striking out 29 in 20.1 innings, posting an 0.89 ERA with 12 saves, and contributing a shutout inning in the CCBL All-Star Game.[101] Joining Zych on the 2010 staff was the league's Outstanding Pitcher, Grayson Garvin, who went 5–0 with a league-leading 0.74 ERA in 36.2 innings.[102] The Outstanding Pitcher Award went to a Brave for a second consecutive season when Ryan Eades took the 2011 honor. Eades posted a 3–0 record with an 0.84 ERA in 32.1 innings, and was the West Division starting pitcher at the CCBL All-Star Game.[103]

Bourne boasted the league MVP twice in the decade, as Travis Jankowski took home the honor in 2011, and Max Pentecost won it in 2013. Jankowski hit .329 and stole 15 bases, and led the league in hits, runs and triples.[104] Pentecost was among the league leaders in all three triple crown categories, finishing with a .346 average, 6 homers and 29 RBIs.[105] Braves hurler Jeff Thompson spun a no-hitter in a rain-shortened six-inning game against Harwich at Doran Park in 2012,[106] and pitchers Austin Gomber, Josh Laxer, and Ryan Harris teamed up for a combined no-hitter at Cotuit in 2013.[107]

Bourne's Spencer Brickhouse was West Division MVP at the 2018 CCBL All-Star Game, going 2-for-2 with a homer, double and two RBI's in the West's 4–3 victory.[108] A pair of Braves hurlers were named co-recipients of the league's Outstanding New England Player Award in 2018, as Justin Lasko of Stratford, Connecticut and the University of Massachusetts shared the honor with Methuen, Massachusetts native Jacob Wallace of the University of Connecticut.[109]

The 2020sEdit

The 2020 CCBL season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.[110]

CCBL Hall of Fame inducteesEdit

 
CCBL Hall of Famer Lou Merloni
 
CCBL Hall of Famer Ryan Speier

The CCBL Hall of Fame and Museum is a history museum and hall of fame honoring past players, coaches, and others who have made outstanding contributions to the CCBL.[111] Below are the inductees who spent all or part of their time in the Cape League with Bourne.

Year Inducted Ref. Name Position
2001 [30] Tony Plansky Player/Manager
2002 [40] George Karras Player/Manager
2003 [39] Noel Kinski Player
Pat Sorenti Manager/Executive
2004 [41] Tello Tontini Player
John Caneira Player
2005 [33] Manny Pena Player/Manager
Jack Sanford Player
2007 [59] Dick Licini Player
Bob Schaefer Player/Manager
2009 [54] Lou Lamoriello Player/Manager
2010 [51] Wayne Granger Player
Lou Merloni Player
2011 [73] Bill Wissler Player
2012 [58] John "Jack" Aylmer Executive
Dan DeMichele Player
2013 [60] Jim Prete Player
Ryan Speier Player
2014 [83] Eric Beattie Player
2016 [90] Kyle Roller Player
2017 [112] Chuck Sturtevant Executive

Notable playersEdit

 
Tommy La Stella

Yearly resultsEdit

 
CCBL Hall of Famer Wayne Granger played for Sagamore in 1962
 
1963 Sagamore Clouter Billy Grabarkewitz
 
1997 Bourne Brave and future major league all-star Brandon Inge
 
2000 Brave Kevin Youkilis
 
2001 Brave Joe Blanton
 
Seth Maness won a CCBL title with the Braves in 2009
 
2010 Bourne Brave Travis Shaw
 
2010 Brave Nick Ahmed

Results by season, 1933–1939Edit

Year Won Lost Regular Season Finish Postseason* Manager Ref
1933 1 25 5th League (B) Jack Fisher [113][114]
[115]
1934 22 24 3rd League Jack Fisher [116]
1935 19 29 3rd League (A)
4th League (B)
Tony Plansky [117][118]
[119]
1936 30 17 1st League (A)
1st League (B)
Won championship Larry Donovan [120][31]
1937 26 19 3rd League Larry Donovan [121]
1938 21 33 4th League Bill Lane [122]
1939 23 30 3rd League (A)
4th League (B)
Herb Gallagher [123]

* During the CCBL's 1923–1939 era, post-season playoffs were a rarity. In most years, the regular season pennant winner was simply crowned as the league champion.
However, there were four years in which the league split its regular season and crowned separate champions for the first (A) and second (B) halves. In two of those
seasons (1936 and 1939), a single team won both halves and was declared overall champion. In the other two split seasons (1933 and 1935), a post-season
playoff series was contested between the two half-season champions to determine the overall champion.
In 1933, Bourne joined the league mid-season after Provincetown withdrew.

Results by season, 1946–1962Edit

Sagamore
Year Postseason Manager
1946 Lost semi-finals (Falmouth) Pat Sorenti
1947
1948 George Karras
1949 George Karras
1950 Won semi-finals (Cotuit)
Lost championship (Orleans)
George Karras
1951 Won semi-finals (Cotuit)
Won championship (Orleans)
George Karras
1952 Lost championship (Orleans) George Karras
1953 Won semi-finals (Mass. Maritime)
Lost championship (Orleans)
George Karras
1954 Won semi-finals (Cotuit)
Won championship (Orleans)
George Karras
1955 Lost semi-finals (Cotuit)
1956 Won round 1 (Wareham)
Won semi-finals (Cotuit)
Won championship (Dennis)
Manny Pena
1957 Lost round 1 (Cotuit) Manny Pena
1958 Lost championship (Yarmouth) Manny Pena
1959 Won championship (Orleans) Manny Pena
1960 Lost championship (Yarmouth) Manny Pena
1961 Manny Pena
1962 Lost semi-finals (Cotuit)
Bourne
Year Postseason Manager
1946
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951–
1960
Did not play
1961
1962 Lost round 1 (Cotuit)

Results by season, 1963–1972Edit

Sagamore (1963–1966)
Year Won Lost Tied Regular Season Finish Postseason Manager
1963 6 27 0 5th Upper Cape Division Bill Hendy
1964
1965 25 9 0 1st Upper Cape Division Won championship (Chatham) Lou Lamoriello
1966 17 17 0 2nd Upper Cape Division
Bourne
Year Won Lost Tied Regular Season Finish Postseason Manager
1963 21 11 0 2nd Upper Cape Division Lost round 1 (Wareham) Charlie Duchesney
1964 Lou Lamoriello
1965 Did not play
1966 Did not play
1967 12 27 0 3rd Upper Cape Division (T) William F. Homan
1968 20 20 0 2nd Upper Cape Division Rick Doherty
1969 13 30 0 4th Upper Cape Division Rick Doherty
1970 Did not play
1971 16 25 0 7th League Bob Schaefer
1972 14 25 0 7th League Bob Schaefer

Results by season, 1988–presentEdit

Year Won Lost Tied Regular Season Finish Postseason Manager
1988 12 29 0 5th West Division Jim Watkins
1989 24 17 3 1st West Division Lost semi-finals (Hyannis) Jim Watkins
1990 19 24 1 4th West Division Jim Watkins
1991 20 20 4 4th West Division Bob Gendron
1992 19 23 1 3rd West Division Bob Gendron
1993 15 28 1 5th West Division Bob Gendron
1994 12 28 3 5th West Division Nino Giarratano
Bob Stead
1995 18 23 3 4th West Division Bob Stead
1996 18 25 1 5th West Division Bob Stead
1997 25 17 2 2nd West Division Lost semi-finals (Wareham) Kevin O'Sullivan
1998 20 21 3 2nd West Division Lost semi-finals (Wareham) Jayson King
1999 23 20 1 3rd West Division Mike Rikard
2000 13 29 1 5th West Division Mike Rikard
2001 23 18 3 2nd West Division Lost semi-finals (Wareham) Spencer Graham
2002 16 24 4 4th West Division Matt Noone
2003 23 19 1 1st West Division Won semi-finals (Hyannis)
Lost championship (Orleans)
Harvey Shapiro
2004 19 24 1 5th West Division Harvey Shapiro
2005 26 17 1 1st West Division Won semi-finals (Cotuit)
Lost championship (Orleans)
Harvey Shapiro
2006 9 32 2 5th West Division Harvey Shapiro
2007 25 17 2 1st West Division Lost semi-finals (Falmouth) Harvey Shapiro
2008 23 20 1 2nd West Division (T) Lost play-in game (Falmouth) Harvey Shapiro
2009 25 17 2 1st West Division Won semi-finals (Orleans)
Won championship (Cotuit)
Harvey Shapiro
2010 24 20 0 1st West Division Lost round 1 (Wareham) Harvey Shapiro
2011 22 20 2 2nd West Division (T) Lost round 1 (Wareham) Harvey Shapiro
2012 17 27 0 4th West Division Won round 1 (Cotuit)
Lost semi-finals (Wareham)
Harvey Shapiro
2013 21 21 1 4th West Division Won round 1 (Hyannis)
Lost semi-finals (Cotuit)
Harvey Shapiro
2014 28 15 1 1st West Division Lost round 1 (Cotuit) Harvey Shapiro
2015 22 20 2 2nd West Division Won round 1 (Wareham)
Lost semi-finals (Hyannis)
Harvey Shapiro
2016 21 21 2 3rd West Division Won round 1 (Wareham)
Lost semi-finals (Falmouth)
Harvey Shapiro
2017 22 22 0 3rd West Division Won round 1 (Cotuit)
Won semi-finals (Wareham)
Lost championship (Brewster)
Harvey Shapiro
2018 18 25 1 5th West Division Harvey Shapiro
2019 18 24 2 4th West Division Lost round 1 (Falmouth) Harvey Shapiro
2020 Season cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

League award winnersEdit

 
The Braves' Travis Jankowski was CCBL league MVP in 2011
 
Bourne's Mitch Moreland won the CCBL home run derby in 2006

The Pat Sorenti
MVP Award
Year Player
1965 Ron Bugbee (Sag.)
1968 Dick Licini
2009 Kyle Roller
2011 Travis Jankowski
2013 Max Pentecost
The Robert A. McNeece
Outstanding Pro Prospect Award
Year Player
2010 Tony Zych
The BFC Whitehouse
Outstanding Pitcher Award
Year Player
1965 Noel Kinski (Sag.)
1972 John Caneira
1990 Bill Wissler
1991 Bill Wissler
2003 Eric Beattie
2008 Nick McCully
2010 Grayson Garvin
2011 Ryan Eades
The Russ Ford
Outstanding Relief Pitcher Award
Year Player
1998 Tim Lavigne
2001 Ryan Speier
2010 Tony Zych
2015 Austin Conway*
2017 Ryan Feltner*


The Daniel J. Silva
Sportsmanship Award
Year Player
2009 Pierre LePage
2011 Patrick Cantwell
The Manny Robello
10th Player Award
Year Player
1989 Bob Rivell
1998 Jeff House
2003 Justin Maxwell
2005 Brad Lincoln
2009 Pierre LePage
The John J. Claffey Outstanding
New England Player Award
Year Player
2007 Bill Perry
2016 Willy Yahn
2018 Justin Lasko*
2018 Jacob Wallace*
The Thurman Munson Award
for Batting Champion
Year Player
1964 Harry Nelson (.390)
1968 Dick Licini (.382)
1989 Bob Rivell (.358)


All-Star Game MVP Award
Year Player
2018 Spencer Brickhouse
All-Star Home Run Hitting
Contest Champion
Year Player
2004 Austin Easley
2006 Mitch Moreland
The Star of Stars
Playoff MVP Award
Year Player
2009 Kyle Roller

(*) - Indicates co-recipient
() - Since 1991, an All-Star Game MVP has been named for each of the league's two divisions.

All-Star Game selectionsEdit

 
Bourne all-star Justin Maxwell won the league's 10th Player Award in 2003
 
Bourne all-star Tony Zych was CCBL Outstanding Pro Prospect in 2010
Year Players Ref
1998 Mike O'Brien, Mike Dzurilla, Matt Griswold, Jeff House, Shane Rhodes, Kelley Gulledge [124]
1999 Andy Beal, Jeff Carlsen, John Ballon [125]
2000 Kevin Youkilis, Darren Welch, Josh Brey, Luke DeBold [126]
2001 Casey Shumaker, Ryan Speier, Mike Dennison, Chad Oliva [127]
2002 Trey Webb, David Castillo, Matt Brown, Chris Ray [128]
2003 Justin Maxwell, Kyle Schmid, Eric Beattie, Tim Grant [129]
2004 Mike Madsen, Austin Easley [130]
2005 Brad Lincoln, Forrest Cory III, Gib Hobson [131]
2006 David Cash, Brett Bartles, Andrew Carignan, Tom Farmer, Mitch Moreland [132]
2007 Kevin Hoef, Ben Guez, Josh Satin, T.J. Hose, Jordan Flasher, Mitch Moreland [133]
2008 Dusty Coleman, Marc Krauss, Bryce Stowell, Jordan Henry, Nick McCully, Eric Pettis, Kyle Roller [134]
2009 Kyle Roller, Stephen Harrold, Kevin Munson [135]
2010 Scott Woodward, Tony Zych, R. J. Alvarez, Grayson Garvin, Dan Bowman [136]
2011 Colin Moran, Ryan Eades, Patrick Cantwell, Travis Jankowski, Tommy Coyle, Josh Conway, John Farrell [137]
2012 Colin Moran, John Murphy, Timothy Giel, Mason Robbins [138]
2013 Max Pentecost, Jaron Long, Tim Caputo, Clint Freeman, Ryan Kellogg, Trace Dempsey, Jeff Schalk [139]
2014 Mark Laird, Blake Davey, Richie Martin, Travis Bergen, Joey Strain [140]
2015 Nick Solak, Jacob Robson, Ryan Boldt, Austin Conway, Gavin Pittore, Pete Alonso [141]
2016 Connor Wong, Justin Yurchak, Jake Mangum, Willy Yahn, Michael Dibrell, Brady Miller, Andrew Wantz, Brendon Little, Danny Reyes [142]
2017 Grant Williams, Zac Susi, Luis Alvarado, Ryan Feltner [143]
2018 Spencer Brickhouse, Jared Triolo, Jacob Wallace, Jared DiCesare [144]
2019 Max Lardner, Harrison Rutkowski, Karl Johnson, Jackson Greer, Jud Fabian, Cody Morisette [145]
2020 Season cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

Italics - Indicates All-Star Game Home Run Hitting Contest participant

No-hit gamesEdit

Year Pitcher Opponent Score Location Notes Ref
1953 Jack Sanford (Sagamore) Falmouth (Falcons) 12–0 Central Park Field [34]
2012 Jeff Thompson Harwich 9–0 Doran Park 6-inning game [106]
2013 Austin Gomber Cotuit 8–0 Lowell Park Combined [107]
Josh Laxer
Ryan Harris

Managerial historyEdit

 
Braves skipper Harvey Shapiro brought the franchise its only CCBL title in 2009. He is shown here in his pre-Bourne days as manager of the Dutch national team.
Manager Seasons Total Seasons Championship Seasons
Jim Watkins 1988–1990 3
Bob Gendron 1991–1993 3
Nino Giarratano 1994 1
Bob Stead 1994–1996 3
Kevin O'Sullivan 1997 1
Jayson King 1998 1
Mike Rikard 1999–2000 2
Spencer Graham 2001 1
Matt Noone 2002 1
Harvey Shapiro 2003–2019 17 2009

See alsoEdit

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