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The Falmouth Commodores are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Falmouth, Massachusetts. The team is a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) and plays in the league's Western Division. The Commodores play their home games at Arnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field in Falmouth.

Falmouth Commodores
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Information
LeagueCape Cod Baseball League (Western Division)
LocationFalmouth, Massachusetts
BallparkArnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field
League championships1929, 1931, 1932, 1935, 1938, 1939, 1946, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1980
Former name(s)Falmouth All-Stars
Falmouth Cottage Club
Former ballparksCentral Park, Falmouth Heights
MascotHomer
ManagerJeff Trundy
General ManagerChris Fitzgerald
PresidentMark Kasprzyk
Websitewww.falmouthcommodores.com

The Commodores most recently won the CCBL championship in 1980 when they defeated the Chatham A's in the championship series. The title was the team's sixth overall in the league's modern era, having won four consecutive league titles from 1968 to 1971. The team has been led since 1999 by field manager Jeff Trundy.

HistoryEdit

Pre-modern eraEdit

 
Hall of Famer Pie Traynor played for Falmouth in 1919

Origins of baseball in FalmouthEdit

Baseball has been played in Falmouth since the pre-Civil War days. The Barnstable Patriot reported on July 7, 1857 that, "the Fourth was celebrated at Falmouth by a game of base ball, in which some of the principal men of that place participated."[1] In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, teams representing various Cape Cod towns routinely competed against one another. One particularly strong team was Falmouth's "Cottage Club" team, whose name derived from the Falmouth Heights cottages where the players resided. Falmouth home games from the turn of the century through the early 1960s were played just steps from water's edge at the Central Park field in Falmouth Heights. Spectators enjoyed an ocean view and a cool breeze as they took in the action at what was widely regarded as one of the most picturesque baseball settings in the nation.

In 1919, Somerville, Massachusetts native Pie Traynor played shortstop for the Falmouth town team as well as for the Oak Bluffs team. He batted .447 for Falmouth and had a combined batting average of .322 for the two teams. Prior to the Labor Day game at Falmouth Heights against a visiting Fall River club, Traynor displayed his all-around athleticism by winning a "circling the bases" competition in 15 seconds, as well as winning the sprinting and baseball throwing competitions. Traynor went on to play in the major leagues for seventeen seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning the World Series with Pittsburgh in 1925, and compiling a lifetime .320 batting average. Considered one of the greatest third basemen in major league history, Traynor was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in 1948, the first former Cape Leaguer to be so honored. In 2009 Traynor was inducted into the CCBL hall of fame.[2][3][4]

Traynor was not Falmouth's only future major leaguer of this era. Fletcher Low of Dartmouth College played for the Cottage Club in 1914 and then played briefly for the Boston Braves the following season.[5] Horace "Hod" Ford played shorstop for Falmouth in 1915 and 1916, and went on to play 15 years in the major leagues.[6][7][8][9] Falmouth pitcher Walt Whittaker hurled a no-hitter against Oak Bluffs in 1915, and then played briefly for Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics in 1916.[10][11] Dave Morey, Falmouth's player-manager during the 1920 and 1921 seasons had previously played for Mack's Athletics in 1913.[12][13]

Horace "Hod" Ford played for Falmouth in 1915 and 1916 and went on to a 15-year major league career. CCBL Hall of Famer and Cape native Danny MacFayden played for Falmouth in 1925 and went on to a 17-year major league career.

The early Cape League era (1923-1939)Edit

In 1923 the Cape Cod Baseball League was formed and included four teams: Falmouth, Chatham, Osterville, and Hyannis. This early Cape League operated through the 1939 season and disbanded in 1940, due in large part to the difficulty of securing ongoing funding during the Great Depression. Although the composition of the league changed from year to year as various teams would join or drop out, Falmouth's entry alone lasted the entire span of the league's history.

During the 1920s, several future major leaguers played for Falmouth. Brown University pitcher Hal Neubauer pitched for Falmouth in 1923, and played for the Boston Red Sox two years later.[14][15] His battery-mate at Falmouth was catcher Bill Cronin, who hit a whopping .420 in 1923. Cronin went on to play several seasons for the major league Boston Braves.[16][17]

Danny "Deacon" MacFayden, a Cape Cod native from Truro, played for Falmouth in 1925. The season was highlighted by MacFayden's one-hitter against Hyannis. By 1926, he was playing for the hometown Boston Red Sox and went on to pitch for 17 years in the major leagues, winning a World Series title with the New York Yankees in 1932. Haskell "Josh" Billings played for Falmouth from 1926 to 1928, and during that period was back and forth between Falmouth and the Detroit Tigers. National Football League running back Curly Oden spent his off-season as Falmouth's player-manager in 1927 and 1928. Oden was known as "the king of the base stealers in the league," having "thrilled the crowds on several occasions by stealing home."[18][19][20] Future major league umpire Bill Stewart pitched for Falmouth in 1929.[21][22]

 
In 1931, Falmouth played a charity exhibition game against baseball hall of famer Rabbit Maranville and the Boston Braves.

On August 26, 1929 the Falmouth team travelled to Rockland, Massachusetts to play a charity exhibition contest against the major league Boston Braves. Before a crowd of about four thousand, the big-leaguers won the game, 8-7, but the game was tight and Falmouth "not only outhit the major aggregation 13-11, but outplayed them in many departments of the game." The Braves featured baseball hall of fame first baseman George Sisler, who went 0-for-3 in the game.[23][24][25] Falmouth went on finish the 1929 season two games ahead of Chatham-Harwich to win the pennant and claim its first Cape League championship. The exhibition contest with the Braves became an annual event into the mid-1930s, with Falmouth defeating the major leaguers on multiple occasions. Baseball hall of famer Rabbit Maranville played for the Braves in the 1931 Falmouth game.[26][27][28]

In 1930, Holy Cross catcher Jack Walsh joined Falmouth and batted .360 for the season. From 1931 to 1935, Walsh was Falmouth's player-manager, and also managed the team in 1936. He led the league in batting in 1933 with a .362 average, and skippered the team to league championships in 1931, 1932 and 1935. Walsh posted a 170-109 won-loss record as manager and did not have a losing season. He was inducted into the CCBL hall of fame in 2007. One of Walsh's charges at Falmouth was pitcher Al Blanche, a Somerville, Massachusetts native who was part of Falmouth's 1931 title team and went on to play for the Boston Braves.[29][30] Another member of the 1931 team was third baseman Al Niemiec of Holy Cross.[31][32] Niemiec went on to play for the Boston Red Sox, and in 1937 was traded by the Red Sox with one other player to San Diego of the Pacific Coast League in exchange for a promising young "kid" named Ted Williams.[33]

Walsh's 1935 Falmouth title team starred Bill "Lefty" Lefebvre, who went on to play for the Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators, and also featured pitcher Jud McLaughlin, who had played for the major league Red Sox a few years earlier.[34][35] Joe Mulligan and Red Flaherty played for Falmouth in 1936. Mulligan had pitched for the Boston Red Sox in 1934,[36][37] and Flaherty would go on to enjoy a long major league umpiring career, officiating for over 20 years in the American League, including four World Series assignments.[36][38]

Falmouth's 1938 championship team featured burly slugger John Spirida, who would go on to play pro football with the Washington Redskins the following year.[39][40] The pitching star of the 1938 title team was former longtime major league hurler Rosy Ryan, who played in three World Series, and struck out the mighty Babe Ruth with the bases loaded in the 1923 World Series.[41][42]

 
Red Flaherty played for Falmouth in 1936, then umpired in the American League for over 20 years.

In 1939, the final year of the early Cape League, night baseball was introduced for the first time. Portable lights were staged at the Falmouth Heights field and used for a game against Barnstable. The following night, the lights were transported to Hyannis for the second game of the home-and-home series between the two clubs. Falmouth went on to win their second consecutive league championship in 1939, led by Danvers, Massachusetts native Connie Creeden, who would go on to play for the Boston Braves.[43][44]

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

The Cape League was revived after World War II and was originally composed of 11 teams across Upper Cape and Lower Cape divisions. Falmouth's entry in the Upper Cape division was known as the "Falmouth All-Stars", as the players were a collection of stars from Falmouth's in-town "twilight league".[45] The All-Stars defeated Lower Cape champion Harwich for the inaugural championship of the new Cape League in 1946, led by manager John DeMello. The 1946 team featured CCBL hall of famers Roche Pires and Manny Pena, both of whom became regular fixtures for the All-Stars during this period.

In 1951, Falmouth entered a second franchise in the Cape League. Described as "young and spirited,"[46] the "Falmouth Falcons" were composed mainly of players in their late teens and early twenties. The team played for three years in the Cape League, but eventually folded as the town of Falmouth determined it could not financially support two teams.

Fall River, Massachusetts native and future Boston Red Sox catcher Russ Gibson had just joined Falmouth in 1957 when he was signed by Boston. In his only game with Falmouth, he hit two home runs.[47][48]

Modern era (1963-present)Edit

The 1960s: A new league, a new park, a new nameEdit

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. Falmouth joined Wareham, Cotuit, Bourne and Sagamore in the Upper Cape division. In 1964 the Falmouth All-Stars moved from the Falmouth Heights field and began playing home games at Guv Fuller Field. The following year, the team's name was changed to the "Falmouth Commodores".

Livesey's "four-peat" launches the 1970sEdit

Falmouth was the dominant team in the Cape League from the mid-1960s through the early 1970s. Led by CCBL hall of fame manager Bill Livesey, Falmouth reached the Cape League championship series six consecutive times beginning in 1966, winning the title in five of six years, including four consecutive titles from 1968 to 1971.

Livesey's 1966 title team featured CCBL hall of fame pitcher Noel Kinski, a three-time all star who had played for Bourne and Sagamore in the previous two seasons. Kinski went 7-3 with a 3.15 ERA and was the Upper Cape division's starting all-star pitcher for Falmouth in 1966. The 1968 Commodores title team included Worcester, Massachusetts native Pat Bourque, who went on to win a World Series with the 1973 Oakland A's. Ace pitcher and future major leaguer Paul Mitchell starred for Falmouth from 1969 to 1971. He was named the league's Outstanding Pitcher in 1969 and 1970, and was the winning pitcher in the league all star game in 1970 and 1971. In three seasons, Mitchell won 25 games for the Commodores, posting a 1.53 ERA with 317 strikeouts and 28 complete games.

 
CCBL Hall of Famer Mike Flanagan played for Falmouth under skipper Bill Livesey in the early 1970s

In the 1969 title series against Chatham, Falmouth dropped Game 1 in Chatham, being no-hit into the sixth inning, and ending up with only two hits in Chatham's 4-0 victory. But the Commodores stormed back in Game 2 at Guv Fuller Field as Paul Mitchell was the hero on the mound and contributed a home run in a 9-4 victory that set up the decisive third game. Falmouth's Mickey Karkut twirled a complete game gem and the Commodores came out on top, 5-2, to secure their second consecutive league title.

Returning to the championship series in 1970, the Commodores faced the Orleans Cardinals. Falmouth lefty Jim Jachym shut out the Cards in Game 1, 2-0. The Commodores sent ace Paul Mitchell to the mound with ideas of a sweep in Game 2 at Eldredge Park. Falmouth jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first, but Orleans answered in the bottom half to go ahead 4-3. The Cardinals took a 7-5 lead into the top of the ninth, but the Commodores rallied to go ahead 8-7, and Mitchell nailed down the series-clinching victory by striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth.

The 1971 title series was a best-of-five series, and would be a rematch of the prior year, with the Commodores facing Orleans. The Cardinals took the Game 1 pitcher's duel at Guv Fuller, 1-0, on a homer by Brad Linden. Game 2 in Orleans also ended with a 1-0 tally, but this time the Commodores were on top to tie the series. Falmouth sent Paul Mitchell to the hill for Game 3 at home, and the ace came through with a 3-1 victory behind a three-run dinger by Kevin Bryant. An ugly sixth-inning brawl involving players, umpires and fans marred Game 4 at Eldredge Park. Skipper Livesey was tossed in the eighth, and Orleans went on to win, 7-5 to tie the series at two games apiece. Like Games 1 and 2, Game 5 at Guv Fuller Field was a pitcher's duel that ended with just a single run being scored. Commodores hurler Bob Lukas was dominating, allowing just five hits while striking out 16. The decisive run came in the bottom of the seventh, as Dave Creighton walked and stole second, then scored the series-winning run on a Ray O'Brien single to left. The win gave Falmouth its fourth consecutive championship, and fifth in six years.

Falmouth's 1972 team featured CCBL batting champ Ed Orrizzi (.372) and future major leaguers Billy Almon and Mike Flanagan. Flanagan went 7-1 for on the season with a 2.18 ERA while also belting seven home runs; he would go on to win a World Series and Cy Young Award with the Baltimore Orioles, and was inducted into the CCBL hall of fame in 2000. Due to a scheduling conflict with the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, the 1972 CCBL all-star game was contested between the CCBL all-stars and the defending champion Falmouth team at Guv Fuller field. The game was won by Falmouth, 8-1, with the home team's Mike Flanagan getting the victory.

With Livesey's departure after the 1972 season, Falmouth struggled for most of the rest of the 1970s, reaching the league championship only once, losing to Cotuit in 1975. The '70s dropoff reached its low point in 1977 when the team was forced to withdraw from the league mid-season, "plagued by injuries and lack of employment for its players."[49] 1979 provided a sign of good things to come when CCBL hall of famer Billy Best hit .398 for the Commodores, and set league records with a 32-game hitting streak and at least one base hit in 39 of his 41 games played.

 
Steve Lombardozzi played for the 1980 CCBL champion Commodores

The 1980s and a return to championship formEdit

In 1980, the Commodores welcomed the new decade by returning to the league championship series. Led by manager Al Worthington, the 1980 team featured future major leaguers Sid Bream and Steve Lombardozzi. After disposing of Cotuit in the semi-finals, the Commodores met the first place Chatham Athletics in the best-of-five title series. Falmouth took the first two games, but dropped the next two, setting up the pivotal Game 5 in Chatham. In the finale, Falmouth took the lead early when Bruce Helser drove in Tom "Bat" Masterson in the second inning. The run would be the only one the Commodores would need. Falmouth starter Mark Winters, a 6-foot-6 southpaw, took advantage of swirling Veteran's Field winds to keep Chatham hitters at bay, tossing a four-hit shutout en route to Falmouth's decisive 5-0 victory. The championship was Falmouth's sixth of the modern era, and thirteenth overall.

The 1980s saw two Falmouth players post batting averages that are among the highest in Cape League history. In 1981, CCBL hall of famer Sam Nattile batted .443 with 70 hits and eight home runs for the Commodores. Nattile also belted a game-tying home run at the league's all star game at Fenway Park, a game that ended in a 4-4 tie. The 1984 Falmouth team featured CCBL hall of famers Jim McCollom, who batted .413 and slugged a league-high 15 home runs, and Doug Fisher, a first baseman who tied the league's single-season RBI record with 54, and finished just behind McCollom with 14 homers.

The 1990sEdit

From 1991 to 1993, the Commodores were piloted by CCBL hall of famer Arthur "Ace" Adams, who had played for the team in the early 1970s and was a league all-star in 1973. A colorful character, Ace's Falmouth baseball roots ran deep: not only had his father also played in the Cape League, but his father first met Ace's mother at Falmouth Heights field.

The 1994 Commodores team featured several outstanding players. CCBL hall of famer and future major league all-star Darin Erstad was the Cape League's MVP. Joining him were the league's outstanding pitcher and fellow CCBL hall of famer, Bob St. Pierre, as well as the league's outstanding relief pitcher, Scott Winchester. Winchester set a league record with 13 saves, while St. Pierre went 9-1 with a 1.44 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 75 innings.

Falmouth reached the league championship only once in the 1990s, as the 1996 Commodores were carried by CCBL hall of fame pitcher Eric Milton's microscopic 0.21 ERA, but lost to Chatham in the title series. Milton's season was highlighted by his no-hitter against Orleans in which he came within one walk of a perfect game.[50] The Commodores took home individual honors in 1997 as Jason Edgar was named MVP of the CCBL all-star game, and in 1999 when Doc Brooks became the first Commodore to win the CCBL all-star home run derby.

The 2000sEdit

The Commodores reached the CCBL championship series twice in the 2000s, but were swept by Y-D in both 2004 and 2007. The 2004 Falmouth team featured future Boston Red Sox star Jacoby Ellsbury, and in both seasons the Commodores were led by the league's MVP. In 2004 the MVP was CCBL hall of famer Daniel Carte, and in 2007 it was fellow CCBL hall of famer Conor Gillaspie. Carte began the 2004 season in an 0-for-19 slump, but busted out of it with his first three hits, all home runs. He led the league with 11 homers and 38 RBI, and his .308 average left him just 19 points shy of the triple crown. Gillaspie finished the 2007 season tops in the league in batting with a .345 mark, and also led the league in slugging and extra-base hits.

 
Jacoby Ellsbury played for the Commodores in 2004

2005 Commodore Tim Norton was co-recipient of the league's Outstanding Pitcher award, posting a 5-1 record with a 1.77 ERA and 77 strikeouts against only 15 walks in 61 innings. Future major league all-star pitcher Aaron Crow was the CCBL's Outstanding Pro Prospect in 2007. In 2008, another future MLB all-star, A.J. Pollock, took home the league's MVP award, batting .377 with 61 hits. Jimmy Cesario led the Cape League with a .387 batting average in 2008, and fellow-Commodore Todd Cunningham did the same in 2009 with his .378 mark on the way to being named the league's Outstanding Pro Prospect.

Longtime Commodore volunteer Arnie Allen received the league's inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, and in 2004 the diamond at Guv Fuller Field was named Arnie Allen Diamond in his memory. Skipper Jeff Trundy surpassed Bill Livesey in 2007 as the longest-tenured manager in Falmouth history, a mark Trundy would proceed to leave far behind.

The 2010sEdit

The Commodores qualified for postseason play in nine of ten years in the 2010s, and reached the CCBL championship three times. Falmouth was bounced from the championship series in 2011 by Harwich. In 2014 and 2016, the Commodores ran into old nemesis Y-D, who defeated Falmouth for a pair of titles as they had done the decade before. From 2016 to 2019, the Commodores finished the regular season atop the league's West division three out of four years, but were bumped from the playoffs in each season.

Falmouth's 2013 and 2014 teams starred shortstop Kevin Newman, who led the league in batting both seasons, the first player in the league's modern era to win back-to-back batting titles. Newman hit .375 in his first season, then bettered his mark by 10 points the following season, and was named 2014 league MVP. The 2016 Commodores featured the league's Outstanding Pro Prospect, Michael Gigliotti, as well as the league's Outstanding Pitcher, Jeff Passantino. In 2019, Falmouth featured league Outstanding Relief Pitcher Zachary Brzykcy and league batting champ Zach DeLoach (.353).

CCBL Hall of Fame inducteesEdit

 
CCBL Hall of Famer Darin Erstad
 
CCBL Hall of Famer Conor Gillaspie

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

Year Inducted Name Position
2000 Mike Flanagan Player
2000 Ed Lyons Manager
2001 Darin Erstad Player
2002 Bill Livesey Manager
2002 Paul Mitchell Player
2003 Noel Kinski Player
2004 Eric Milton Player
2005 Sam Nattile Player
2005 Manny Pena Player
2006 Steve Balboni Player
2007 Jack Walsh Player/Manager
2008 Roche Pires Player
2009 Pie Traynor Player
2010 David Aardsma Player
2011 Doug Fisher Player
2012 Billy Best Player
2012 Danny “Deacon” MacFayden Player
2013 Daniel Carte Player
2014 Bob St. Pierre Player
2016 Jim McCollom Player
2017 Chuck Sturtevant Executive
2018 Arthur "Ace" Adams Player/Manager
2019 Conor Gillaspie Player

Famous alumniEdit

 
Jeff Weaver
 
Ross Detwiler
 
Rhys Hoskins

Yearly resultsEdit

 
Former major leaguer Rosy Ryan was the star on the mound in Falmouth's 1938 championship season
 
Bill Almon played for the Commodores in 1972 and 1973
 
Falmouth's Jim Riggleman was MVP of the 1973 CCBL all-star game
 
Tino Martinez played for the Commodores in 1986
 
CCBL Hall of Famer Eric Milton posted a 0.21 ERA in 43.1 innings with Falmouth in 1996
 
CCBL Hall of Famer David Aardsma went 3-0 with an 0.68 ERA for Falmouth in 2002
 
The Commodores' AJ Pollock was CCBL league MVP in 2008
Results by Season, 1923-1939
Year Won Lost Regular Season Finish Postseason Manager Ref
1923 Byron H. Parker
Frank Silva
1924 9 15 3rd League L.P. Jones
Harry B. Albro
[52]
1925 Arthur "Dutch" Ayers
1926 22 19 3rd League Chippy Gaw [53]
1927 20 17 2nd League Curly Oden [54]
1928 21 23 4th League Curly Oden [55]
1929 25 19 1st League Won championship Lynn Wells [56]
1930 25 19 4th League Lynn Wells [57]
1931 34 16 1st League Won championship Jack Walsh [58]
1932 23 11 1st League Won championship Jack Walsh [59]
1933* 31 19 1st League (A)
3rd League (B)
Lost championship (Harwich) Jack Walsh [60][61]
[62]
1934 25 23 2nd League Jack Walsh [63]
1935* 30 17 2nd League (A)
1st League (B)
Won championship (Barnstable) Jack Walsh [64][65]
[66]
1936* 24 24 2nd League (A)
2nd League (B)
Jack Walsh [67][68]
1937 23 23 4th League Bill Boehner [69]
1938 32 22 1st League Won championship Bill Boehner [70]
1939* 33 20 1st League (A)
1st League (B)
Won championship Buzz Harvey [71]
* In 1933, 1935, 1936 and 1939, the league crowned separate champions for the first (A) and second (B) halves of the
season. A post-season championship playoff was contested if necessary.
Results by Season, 1946-1962
Year Postseason Manager
1946 Won championship (Harwich) John DeMello
1948 Lost semi-finals (Mashpee) John DeMello
1949 Won semi-finals (Cotuit)
Lost championship (Orleans)
Willard E. Boyden
1961 Lost semi-finals (Cotuit) Tony Cunha
Results by Season, 1963-present
Year Won Lost Tied Regular Season Finish Postseason Manager
1963 12 21 0 4th Upper Cape Division Don Prohovich
1964 Charles Hitchcock
1965 17 15 0 2nd Upper Cape Division Bill Livesey
1966 20 14 0 1st Upper Cape Division Won championship (Chatham) Bill Livesey
1967 28 12 0 1st Upper Cape Division Lost championship (Chatham) Bill Livesey
1968 26 14 0 1st Upper Cape Division Won championship (Harwich) Bill Livesey
1969 26 18 0 1st Upper Cape Division Won semi-finals (Cotuit)
Won championship (Chatham)
Bill Livesey
1970 25 16 0 1st League (T) Won semi-finals (Cotuit)
Won championship (Orleans)
Bill Livesey
1971 30 12 0 1st League Won semi-finals (Cotuit)
Won championship (Orleans)
Bill Livesey
1972 26 15 1 1st League (T) Lost semi-finals (Chatham) Bill Livesey
1973 16 24 2 6th League Andy Baylock
1974 17 22 3 6th League Andy Baylock
1975 26 16 0 1st League Won semi-finals (Yarmouth)
Lost championship (Cotuit)
Jack Gillis
1976 13 27 1 7th League Jack Gillis
1977 5 16 1 8th League Dan Gooley
1978 18 24 0 7th League Steve Steitz
1979 18 23 0 5th League Andy Baylock
1980 26 15 1 2nd League Won semi-finals (Cotuit)
Won championship (Chatham)
Al Worthington
1981 17 25 0 7th League Jack Leggett
1982 14 25 1 8th League Jeff Albies
1983 11 29 1 8th League Bob Allietta
1984 20 19 3 5th League Ed Lyons
1985 13 29 0 8th League Jim Frye
1986 19 20 2 5th League Ed Cardieri
1987 11 30 0 8th League Ed Cardieri
1988 18 21 0 4th West Division Bill Lagos
1989 18 26 0 5th West Division Rich Piergustavo
1990 17 26 1 5th West Division Dan O'Brien
1991 19 25 0 5th West Division Arthur "Ace" Adams
1992 18 23 2 4th West Division Arthur "Ace" Adams
1993 22 21 0 4th West Division Arthur "Ace" Adams
1994 26 16 1 1st West Division Lost semi-finals (Wareham) Harvey Shapiro
1995 16 26 1 4th West Division Harvey Shapiro
1996 26 17 0 2nd West Division Won semi-finals (Wareham)
Lost championship (Chatham)
Harvey Shapiro
1997 24 20 0 3rd West Division Harvey Shapiro
1998 20 24 0 4th West Division Harvey Shapiro
1999 12 32 0 5th West Division Jeff Trundy
2000 21 23 0 3rd West Division Jeff Trundy
2001 23 19 2 3rd West Division Jeff Trundy
2002 20 21 3 3rd West Division Jeff Trundy
2003 16 26 1 5th West Division Jeff Trundy
2004 25 18 1 1st West Division Won semi-finals (Hyannis)
Lost championship (Y-D)
Jeff Trundy
2005 22 21 1 3rd West Division Jeff Trundy
2006 22 21 1 3rd West Division Jeff Trundy
2007 22 22 0 2nd West Division Won semi-finals (Bourne)
Lost championship (Y-D)
Jeff Trundy
2008 23 20 1 2nd West Division (T) Won play-in game (Bourne)
Lost semi-finals (Cotuit)
Jeff Trundy
2009 17 24 2 4th West Division Jeff Trundy
2010 21 22 1 2nd West Division Lost round 1 (Cotuit) Jeff Trundy
2011 19 25 0 1st West Division Won round 1 (Hyannis)
Won semi-finals (Wareham)
Lost championship (Harwich)
Jeff Trundy
2012 21 23 0 2nd West Division (T) Lost round 1 (Wareham) Jeff Trundy
2013 26 18 0 1st West Division Lost round 1 (Bourne) Jeff Trundy
2014 26 17 1 2nd West Division Won round 1 (Hyannis)
Won semi-finals (Cotuit)
Lost championship (Y-D)
Jeff Trundy
2015 16 27 1 5th West Division Jeff Trundy
2016 29 15 0 1st West Division Won round 1 (Hyannis)
Won semi-finals (Bourne)
Lost championship (Y-D)
Jeff Trundy
2017 24 19 1 1st West Division Lost round 1 (Wareham) Jeff Trundy
2018 24 19 1 3rd West Division Won round 1 (Hyannis)
Lost semi-finals (Wareham)
Jeff Trundy
2019 27 15 2 1st West Division Won round 1 (Bourne)
Lost semi-finals (Cotuit)
Jeff Trundy

League Award WinnersEdit

 
Commodore Aaron Crow was the CCBL Outstanding Pro Prospect in 2007
 
Falmouth's Todd Cunningham wore the CCBL batting crown in 2009 and was the league's Outstanding Pro Prospect

The Pat Sorenti
MVP Award
Year Player
1994 Darin Erstad
2004 Daniel Carte
2007 Conor Gillaspie
2008 A.J. Pollock
2014 Kevin Newman
The Robert A. McNeese
Outstanding Pro Prospect Award
Year Player
2000 Bob Brownlie
2007 Aaron Crow
2009 Todd Cunningham
2016 Michael Gigliotti
The BFC Whitehouse
Outstanding Pitcher Award
Year Player
1969 Paul Mitchell
1970 Paul Mitchell
1994 Bob St. Pierre
2005 Tim Norton*
2016 Jeff Passantino
2018 Adam Laskey
The Russ Ford
Outstanding Relief Pitcher Award
Year Player
1993 Don Nestor
1994 Scott Winchester
2019 Zachary Brzykcy


The Daniel J. Silva
Sportsmanship Award
Year Player
1978 Gary Cicatiello*
1980 Steve Lombardozzi*
1991 Craig Mayes
1995 Scott Steinmann
1996 Andre Champagne
2017 Joshua Breaux
2018 Maverick Handley
The Manny Robello
10th Player Award
Year Player
1992 Steve Hirschman
2004 Cliff Pennington
2006 Andrew Walker
2017 Marty Bechina
2019 Austin Masel
The John J. Claffey Outstanding
New England Player Award
Year Player
2005 Tim Norton
2011 Nate Koneski
The Thurman Munson Award
for Batting Champion
Year Player
1972 Ed Orrizzi (.372)
1981 Sam Nattile (.443)
1984 Jim McCollom (.413)
2007 Conor Gillaspie (.345)
2008 Jimmy Cesario (.387)
2009 Todd Cunningham (.378)
2013 Kevin Newman (.375)
2014 Kevin Newman (.385)
2019 Zach DeLoach (.353)


All-Star Game MVP Award
Year Player
1973 Jim Riggleman
1997 Jason Edgar
2004 Dallas Buck
2006 Brad Chalk
2007 Aaron Crow
2013 Kevin Cron
All-Star Home Run Hitting
Contest Champion
Year Player
1999 Doc Brooks
The Star of Stars
Playoff MVP Award
Year Player

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

Managerial HistoryEdit

 
Al Worthington enjoyed a 14-year major league playing career. He skippered the Commodores to the 1980 CCBL championship.
Manager Seasons Total Seasons Championship Seasons
Byron H. Parker 1923 1
Frank Silva 1923 1
L.P. Jones 1924 1
Harry B. Albro 1924 1
Arthur "Dutch" Ayers 1925 1
Chippy Gaw 1926 1
Curly Oden 1927 - 1928 2
Lynn Wells 1929 - 1930 2 1929
Jack Walsh 1931 - 1936 6 1931, 1932, 1935
Bill Boehner 1937 - 1938 2
Buzz Harvey 1939 1 1938, 1939
John DeMello 1946 - 1948 3 1946
Willard E. Boyden 1949 - 1953 5
Jack Cavanaugh 1954 - 1955 2
Tony Cunha 1956
1958
1960 - 1962
5
Joe Allietta 1957 1
Joseph Parent, Jr. 1959 1
Don Prohovich 1963 1
Charles Hitchcock 1964 1
Bill Livesey 1965 - 1972 8 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971
Andy Baylock 1973 - 1974
1979
3
Jack Gillis 1975 - 1976 2
Dan Gooley 1977 1
Steve Steitz 1978 1
Al Worthington 1980 1 1980
Jack Leggett 1981 1
Jeff Albies 1982 1
Bob Allietta 1983 1
Ed Lyons 1984 1
Jim Frye 1985 1
Ed Cardieri 1986 - 1987 2
Bill Lagos 1988 1
Rich Piergustavo 1989 1
Dan O'Brien 1990 1
Arthur "Ace" Adams 1991 - 1993 3
Harvey Shapiro 1994 - 1998 5
Jeff Trundy 1999 - 2019 21

See alsoEdit

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