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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 Western 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.

Bourne Braves
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LeagueCape Cod Baseball League (Western Division)
LocationBourne, Massachusetts
BallparkDoran Park
League championships2009
ManagerHarvey Shapiro
General ManagerDarin Weeks
PresidentNicole Norkevicius
Websitewww.bournebraves.org

The Braves won their first and only CCBL championship in 2009 when they defeated 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.

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HistoryEdit

 
A night game at Doran Park, home of the Bourne Braves
 
CCBL Hall of Famer Kyle Roller was playoff MVP of the Braves 2009 championship team

The Pre-Modern EraEdit

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. Bourne's own baseball team first joined the Cape League in 1933 and, when the league reformed in 1946, was represented by two teams, the Sagamore Clouters and the Bourne Canalmen.[1]

The Modern Era (1963-present)Edit

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.

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.

Canalmen and Clouters

Bourne was eliminated from the first round of the playoffs in 1963, the first year of the Modern Era. The Canalmen would not qualify for the post-season again in the next ten years and would cease operations in 1973.

Sagamore won the CCBL championship in 1965, led by manager Lou Lamoriello. The Clouters starred league MVP Ron Bugbee, and future CCBL hall of famers shortstop Bob Schaefer and pitcher Noel Kinski. Like the Canalmen, the Clouters would also cease operations in the early 1970s.

Braves

The present-day Bourne Braves were re-formed in 1988 when both they and the Brewster Whitecaps joined the Cape League. The next year, the Braves qualified for the post-season after winning the Western Division Regular Season crown for the first time. The Braves would be swept in the Western Division Championship Series by the Hyannis Mets two games to none.

Bourne would qualify for the playoffs three more times between 1997 and 2001 after finishing in second place in the Western Division each year. The Braves, however, were eliminated each time in the Western Division Championship Series by the division champion Wareham Gatemen.

The Braves finally broke into the championship series for the first time in 2003 after they defeated the Hyannis Mets two games to one to win the Western Division Post-Season title. The Braves, however, would be swept in two games by the Orleans Cardinals, dropping the series two games to none. Bourne would make the championship series again in 2005, only to fall to Orleans a second time, losing two games to one. In 2009, Bourne defeated the Orleans Firebirds in the opening round of the playoffs, and went on to sweep the Cotuit Ketleers two games to none to secure their first Cape League Title.[2]

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.[3] Below are the inductees who spent all or part of their time in the Cape League with Bourne.

Year Inducted Name Position
2001 Tony Plansky Player
2002 George Karras Player/Manager
2003 Noel Kinski Player
2003 Pat Sorenti Manager/Executive
2004 Tello Tontini Player
2004 John Caneira Player
2005 Manny Pena Player/Manager
2005 Jack Sanford Player
2007 Dick Licini Player
2007 Bob Schaefer Player/Manager
2009 Lou Lamoriello Player/Manager
2010 Wayne Granger Player
2010 Lou Merloni Player
2011 Bill Wissler Player
2012 Dan DeMichele Player
2013 Jim Prete Player
2013 Ryan Speier Player
2014 Eric Beattie Player
2016 Kyle Roller Player
2017 Chuck Sturtevant Executive

Notable playersEdit

Yearly resultsEdit

 
CCBL Hall of Famer Lou Lamoriello managed the Sagamore Clouters to the CCBL championship in 1965
 
Mitch Moreland won the CCBL all star home run derby for Bourne in 2006
 
Seth Maness won a CCBL championship with the Braves in 2009
 
Bourne's Tony Zych was named CCBL outstanding pro prospect in 2010
 
The Braves Travis Jankowski was CCBL league MVP in 2011

Sagamore Clouters
Results by Season, 1946-1962
Year Postseason Manager
1951 Won championship
1954 Won championship
1956 Won championship Manny Pena
1959 Won championship Manny Pena
Results by Season, 1963-1966
Year Won Lost Tied Regular Season Finish Postseason Manager
1963
1964
1965 25 9 0 2nd League Won championship (Chatham) Lou Lamoriello
1966 17 17 0 5th League


Bourne Canalmen

Results by Season, 1963-1972
Year Won Lost Tied Regular Season Finish Postseason Manager
1963
1964
1965 Did not play
1966 Did not play
1967 12 27 0 7th League (T)
1968 20 20 0 4th League Rick Doherty
1969 13 30 0 8th League Rick Doherty
1970 Did not play
1971 16 25 0 7th League Bob Schaefer
1972 14 25 0 7th League Bob Schaefer


Bourne Braves

Results by Season, 1988-present
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 (Falmouth)
Lost semi-finals (Cotuit)
Harvey Shapiro
2014 28 15 1 1st West Division 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

Managerial HistoryEdit

 
Braves skipper Harvey Shapiro brought the franchise its only CCBL championship 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2001 Cape Cod Baseball League Official Yearbook, p. 11
  2. ^ Cape League Championships Archived 2007-09-10 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2007-07-04.
  3. ^ "Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame". capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved July 16, 2019.

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