The Wareham Gatemen are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Wareham, Massachusetts. The team is a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) and plays in the league's Western Division. The Gatemen play their home games at Clem Spillane Field in Wareham.

Wareham Gatemen
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LeagueCape Cod Baseball League (Western Division)
LocationWareham, Massachusetts
BallparkClem Spillane Field
League championships1930, 1976, 1988, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2012, 2018
ColorsRed, Blue
MascotGary Gateman
ManagerJerry Weinstein
General ManagerAndrew Lang
PresidentTom Gay

The Gatemen most recently won the CCBL championship in 2018 when they defeated the Chatham Anglers two games to none to win the best of three championship series. The title was the eighth in team history, including back-to-back championships in 2001-2002. The team has been led since 2019 by field manager Jerry Weinstein.


Pre-modern eraEdit

US congressman Charles L. Gifford was on hand to celebrate Wareham's 1930 Cape League champs

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. Wareham was the first new team added to this league, joining for the 1927 season to bring the number of teams to five.[1] In Wareham's inaugural 1927 season, the team finished with a respectable 17-18 record, good for third among the five clubs. Wareham was forced to drop out of the league for the 1929 season due to lack of funds, but returned to the league in 1930 and remained in the league through the 1932 season.[2][3]

Wareham won the Cape League championship in 1930, finishing two games ahead of Chatham to take the pennant. The town celebrated its champions in grand style with a "motor parade" through downtown Wareham led by the town band, followed by a banquet given by the Chamber of Commerce. Dignitaries including United States Representative Charles L. Gifford and Massachusetts Senator Donald W. Nicholson were on hand to pay tribute to the Wareham nine.[4]

Wareham's player-manager in 1930 and 1931 was Georgetown University pitcher Harry Noznesky. Noznesky had played for Falmouth in 1928 and 1929, and brought several key players with him to Wareham from the 1929 pennant-winning Falmouth team,[5] such as ex-Falmouth all-CCBL catcher Gene Connell of the University of Pennsylvania, who would go on to catch for the Philadelphia Phillies.[6][7][8] Upon leading Wareham to the 1930 Cape League title, it was noted that Noznesky "has the college connections to select the best players obtainable and is also on friendly terms with managers and officials of several big-league teams who turn over likely looking prospects to him."[9] Another of the first Wareham players to go on to play major league baseball was pitcher Al Blanche, a Somerville, Massachusetts native who played for Wareham in 1931, and went on to play for the major league Boston Braves.[10][11] 1932 Wareham twirler Emil "Bud" Roy went on to play briefly for Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics.[12][13]

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

After a hiatus during the years of World War II, the Cape League was reconstituted in 1946. Wareham first fielded a team in the new league in 1952. In June of that year, the league's Barnstable Barons had impulsively withdrawn from the league after a disputed forfeit ruling,[14] and the league voted to admit Wareham to replace Barnstable for the second half of the season.[15] Wareham has been a member of the Cape League ever since.

Wareham made a deep playoff run in 1957, beginning with a first round defeat of Otis Air Force Base, two games to one in the Upper Cape playoffs. In the series, Wareham rode the stellar pitching of Tom Eccleston, who threw a two-hit shutout in Game 2, and Bruce Reed, who gave up just five hits and helped himself with a homer in the decisive Game 3 victory.[16] The win sent Wareham to the Upper Cape finals against the heavily-favored Cotuit Kettleers. Led by the hitting of brothers Bruce and Glenn Reed, Wareham routed Cotuit 14-2 in Game 1 at Lowell Park, then with Bruce on the mound at home in Game 2, Wareham completed the sweep with a 3-0 shutout of the Kettleers.[17][18] The win would be Wareham's only Upper Cape division championship of the era. Wareham went on to face the Lower Cape champion Orleans Red Sox in the Cape League finals, but Orleans prevailed in two straight.[19]

Modern era (1963-present)Edit

The 1960s and Wareham's "Mr. Baseball"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.

Clem Spillane Field, home of the Gatemen

The league was originally composed of ten teams, which were divided into Upper Cape and Lower Cape divisions. Wareham joined Falmouth, Cotuit, Bourne and Sagamore in the Upper Cape division. Wareham's team was skippered by Wareham's "Mr. Baseball", CCBL hall of famer Steve Robbins. Robbins had played baseball for Wareham High School and later in the Wareham Twilight League, and served at various times as the field manager, general manager, and league representative for the Gatemen.[20][21]

Wareham qualified for the playoffs in 1963, and defeated the Bourne Canalmen in the first round series before being bounced by Cotuit.[22][23] In 1965, Clem Spillane Field hosted the CCBL all-star game, which was won by the Upper Cape division, 10-9.[24]

CCBL hall of famer Jim Prete joined the Gatemen in 1966. Prete was a '66 graduate of Bourne High School where he was a star infielder, and hit .319 for the Gatemen on the season. Prete returned to Wareham in 1967, but played for Bourne in the 1968 season, and missed the 1969 season due to injury. He returned to the Gatemen in 1970, when he had his best year, batting .336 and being named the league's MVP.[25]

The 1970s and Wareham's first modern era titleEdit

In the early 1970s, Wareham was piloted by CCBL hall of famer Ed Lyons. Lyons managed four different Cape League franchises over his long career, and retired as the league's all-time winningest manager. In six years with Wareham, Lyons' teams finished atop the league in first place twice, and qualified for the playoffs four times.[26] Lyons' 1971 Wareham team featured league MVP Joe Barkauskas and the league's Outstanding Pitcher, Bob Majczan. Wareham again boasted the league MVP in 1973 and 1974 with Steve Newell and Phil Welch, making it four years out of five that Gatemen took home the award. Newell, an outfielder from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, batted .340 and led the CCBL with 11 homers in 1973. He was inducted into the CCBL hall of fame in 2017.[27]

Bangor, Maine native Brian Butterfield had a key RBI in Wareham's 1976 championship series victory

CCBL hall of fame skipper Bill Livesey took the helm at Wareham in 1976.[28] Livesey had previously managed Falmouth to five league titles, including four consecutively from 1968 to 1971, and he promptly brought his winning ways to Wareham. The 1976 Gatemen featured future major leaguers Joe Lefebvre and CCBL Outstanding Pro Prospect Bobby Sprowl. Wareham finished third in the league, and disposed of second place Cotuit in a two-game semi-final series sweep, putting an end to defending champ Cotuit's run of four consecutive titles.

In the best-of-five title series, the Gatemen faced first place Chatham, who had posted an impressive 30-11-1 record in the regular season. Chatham took the opener, 3-2 in ten innings, but Wareham answered in Game 2 as Bangor, Maine native Brian Butterfield came through with a key RBI to propel the Gatemen to victory and even the series. The Gatemen sent Sprowl to the mound for Game 3 and came away with a 4-3 victory, but could only manage three hits in Game 4 as Chatham shut out the Gatemen 5-0 to knot the series again. Wareham took the exciting back-and-forth Game 5, with Sprowl coming on in relief on short rest to close out the A's and secure Wareham's first CCBL title of the modern era.[29]

The 1980s and another championship squadEdit

CCBL hall of famer John Morris starred for Wareham in 1981. The league MVP batted .410 with a .527 on-base percentage and 17 stolen bases, and set a league record with 50 runs scored.[30] The Gatemen featured the CCBL's Outstanding Pitcher in 1983 and 1984 in Dennis Livingston, the winning pitcher of the 1983 CCBL all-star game at Fenway Park, and 1984 recipient Bill Cunningham. The 1984 Gatemen were skippered by a young Mike Roberts, who would go on to manage Cotuit throughout the 2000s and 2010s. Behind the play of future major league all-star and World Series champion Walt Weiss, who set a CCBL record with 19 doubles on the season, Roberts led the Gatemen to the league title series where they were downed by Cotuit.[31] In 1986, Wareham again boasted the league's Outstanding Pitcher, future major league all-star Jack Armstrong, who was the winning pitcher at the league all-star game at Shea Stadium.

1984 Gateman Walt Weiss hit a CCBL record 19 doubles

The 1988 CCBL season boasted perhaps the greatest single-season aggregation of future major league talent in league history.[32] Manager Stan Meek's Gatemen had more than their share of the talent, and rode it to another league title. In addition to CCBL hall of famer John Thoden,[33] who posted a 9-1 record and was the league's Outstanding Pitcher, Wareham featured future major league all-star infielder Chuck Knoblauch and future Boston Red Sox fan favorite and American League MVP slugger Mo Vaughn. Amid the glut of high-level prospects in the league that year, Knoblauch was judged tops, receiving the Outstanding Pro Prospect award. Knoblauch batted .361, and he and Vaughn tied for the league lead in doubles with 17. Vaughn and Knoblauch would be inducted to the CCBL hall of fame as part of the hall's inaugural and second classes respectively.[26][34]

The Gatemen finished the 1988 regular season with the league's top record, and disposed of Hyannis in the semi-final playoffs. The title series would be a match-up of the Gatemen and the Orleans Cardinals. Orleans starred future baseball hall of famer Frank Thomas, a powerful long-ball hitter who had slammed three home runs in one game at Wareham in the regular season. Wareham took Game 1 at home, 5-3, but the Cardinals took Game 2 by the same score at Eldredge Park to set up the decisive game. In the finale, Thoden tossed a complete game four-hitter at Clem Spillane Field, Rich Samplinski knocked in the go-ahead run, and the Gatemen overcame two potentially disastrous fielding errors in the ninth to edge out the Cards and claim the crown by a tally of 3-2. Thoden shared playoff MVP honors with Vaughn, who went 11-for-20 at the plate in the postseason.[35][36]

The 1990s: A long streak of successEdit

Wareham made the playoffs every year from 1990 to 2002, a 13-year streak that remains the league record. During the streak, Wareham reached the championship series seven times, winning four times, including back-to-back championships in 2001 and 2002.

CCBL Hall of Famer Carlos Peña was league MVP for the 1997 CCBL champion Gatemen

In 1990, the Gatemen reached the CCBL finals, but were ousted by the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.[37] Wareham was led by the league's Outstanding Pro Prospect, Doug Glanville,[38] and CCBL hall of famer Mark Smith, who led the league with a .408 average and hit six homers on his way to being named league MVP.[39] For the Red Sox, it was their second consecutive title under CCBL hall of fame manager Don Reed. After defeating the Gatemen for the 1990 title, Reed switched sides and became Wareham's field boss in 1991. Reed would continue to pilot the Gatemen through 1999, winning another pair of league titles to match his two with Y-D.[40]

Reed's first title with Wareham came in 1994. The Gatemen earned a spot in the finals by defeating Falmouth in the semi-final series via consecutive shutouts, 1-0 and 2-0. Wareham faced Brewster in the championship series, and continued its shutout streak in Game 1 at Clem Spillane Field by blanking the Whitecaps 7-0 behind a complete game gem by Brian McNichol. Brewster put up a better fight in Game 2 and the teams went into the 13th inning knotted at 3-3. Wareham put across two runs in the top of the frame and allowed just one in the bottom to escape with the 5-4 victory and complete the title series sweep.[41][42]

Reed's boys were champs again in 1997, led by CCBL hall of fame slugger Carlos Peña. The sure-handed first baseman won the league MVP and Sportsmanship awards, and led the CCBL in homers (8) and RBI (33) while batting .318.[43] The team also featured future major league all-star and Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito. The Gatemen finished the regular season first in the West division, and after a two-game semi-finals sweep of Bourne, faced Harwich for the title. In the championship series, Wareham took Game 1 at home, 9-4. The Gatemen completed the title sweep in Game 2 at Whitehouse Field by a tally of 6-2, with playoff MVP Kevin Hodge's three-run blast in the sixth sealing the victory.[44][45]

Other notable 1990s Gatemen included Roy Marsh, who set a league record with 48 stolen bases for Wareham in 1993. Wareham's 1996 team boasted league MVP Kevin Nicholson, saves co-leader Clint Chrysler, and future major league all-star Lance Berkman, who led the CCBL in batting with a .352 mark. The 1998 Gatemen featured a pair of star moundsmen in CCBL hall of famer Ben Sheets[46] and the co-winner of the league's Outstanding Pitcher award, Phil Devey.

The 2000s: back-to-back titles and the passing of a Wareham legendEdit

In 2000, skipper Mike Roberts, who had managed the team sixteen years earlier, returned to Wareham and led the team to a first-place finish in the West division. Roberts' squad starred league MVP Mike Fontenot, fireballer Ben Crockett, the league's co-Outstanding Pitcher, and ace reliever Jonathan Gonzalez, who posted a microscopic 0.43 ERA. As in 1984, Roberts' second stint with the team would last only a year, as Cooper Farris would take over in 2001 and would pilot the club for 14 years, the team's all-time longest-tenured manager.[47][48][49]

CCBL Hall of Famer Matt Murton starred on Wareham's back-to-back title clubs in 2001 and 2002

In his first year with the team, Farris' Gatemen club was loaded with talent, and finished the 2001 regular season in first place atop the West division. The team featured league MVP and CCBL hall of famer Matt Murton,[46] and the league batting champ, Eric Reed (.365), who also swiped 22 bags on the season. The Gatemen dominated on the mound as well, boasting the CCBL Outstanding Pitcher Chris Leonard, who posted a 6-0 record with an 0.98 ERA, and Ben Crockett, the inaugural winner of the league's Outstanding New England Player award, who was good for 74 strikeouts and a 1.67 ERA. The Gatemen defeated Bourne in the semi-final playoff series, and went on to face Chatham for the title. Game 1 of the finals at Clem Spillane Field featured no shortage of controversy. A's skipper John Schiffner and shortstop Drew Meyer were tossed in the fifth by CCBL hall of fame umpire Nick Zibelli in the aftermath of a disputed fair ball call on Murton's long fly down the leftfield line. The Gatemen prevailed, 8-3, and headed to Chatham for Game 2 eyeing a sweep, but Chatham stifled the Wareham offense and knotted the series with a 2-1 victory. The decisive Game 3 in Wareham went to the ninth even at 3-3. Gatemen closer and future major league all-star Pat Neshek set down the A's in order in the top half of the frame. In the home half, Keith Butler led off with a single and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and ground out. With two down and two strikes, Gatemen shortstop Paul Henry chopped a spinner along the third base line that A's pitcher Zane Carlson bobbled as Butler slid home with the series-winning run. Wareham second baseman Aaron Hill, who batted .400 in the postseason, took home playoff MVP honors.[50][51][52]

Farris' 2002 Gatemen returned 2001 MVP Murton, who was out with a broken hand during the first half of the season. He returned to hit .400 in 16 games in the second half, and also won the league's all-star home run derby.[53] In the playoffs, Wareham disposed of Cotuit in the semi-final series and met Orleans in the championship round. The star of Game 1 was 6-foot-4 Gatemen righty Kevin Guyette, who tossed a five-hit complete game and allowed just one run in Wareham's 5-1 victory at Eldredge Park. The late-inning fireworks in Game 2 began when Cards manager Carmen Carcone and pitching coach Kelly Nicholson were tossed in the eighth for arguing a balk call. The game went to the bottom of the ninth with the Cardinals clutching a slim 2-1 lead. It looked as though the series would be headed back to Orleans for Game 3 after the first two Gatemen made outs, but Murton poked a single that would start a championship rally. Murton moved to third on a David Murphy single, and came home on an Orleans error to tie the score. With the Clem Spillane crowd in a frenzy, Brown University's Matt Kutler promptly thumped the game-winner off the left-field fence, bringing in Murphy and securing Wareham's second consecutive league crown. For his title-clinching poke, Kutler was named playoff MVP.[54][55]

Wareham's 2003 team featured pitchers Wade Townsend, the league's Outstanding Pro Prospect, and CCBL hall of famer Jeremy Sowers, who posted a 1.20 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 67.1 innings.[27] Along with their wealth of pitching, the 2003 Gatemen boasted the league's hits leader in CCBL hall of fame third baseman Warner Jones.[56] Jones returned to Wareham in 2004 and led the league again in hits, as well as in doubles and extra-base hits. CCBL hall of fame closer Justin Masterson went 3-1 for the 2005 Gatemen, recording 10 saves with a 1.15 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.[27] The team experienced a playoff drought from 2003 to 2009, qualifying for postseason play only once in seven seasons when the 2006 team reached the finals and was downed by Y-D.[57][58]

Longtime Gatemen President and General Manager John Wylde died in February 2009 after a battle with liver cancer. The Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Famer was the force behind the Gatemen for 25 years. In the early 80s, the Wareham Gatemen franchise was in financial trouble with very little local support and was on the verge of collapse. Wylde stepped in as President and General Manager and turned the Gatemen into a model franchise. On June 13, 2008, the Cape Cod Baseball League and the Wareham Gatemen honored him during special ceremonies. In 2007, Wylde was inducted into the Cape Cod Baseball League's Hall of Fame.[59][60][61]

Two more titles highlight the 2010sEdit

CCBL hall of famer Kyle Schwarber was playoff MVP of Wareham's 2012 CCBL championship squad

The 2012 Gatemen won only seven of their 22 home games, but finished second in the West division. The team starred slugger Tyler Horan, a Middleborough, Massachusetts native who crushed 16 homers in the regular season, tying the CCBL wood bat record, and took home the league's Outstanding New England Player award.[62][63] In the postseason, Wareham swept Falmouth in the first round, then swept Bourne in the West division final. In the championship, the Gatemen met Y-D in a rematch of the 2006 title series. The Gatemen took Game 1 in Yarmouth by a score of 5–4 on a go-ahead ninth inning home run by catcher Tyler Ross. Y-D pitching shut down Wareham's attack in Game 2 at Spillane Field, and the Red Sox emerged with a 5–1 win to even the series. The decisive Game 3 at Y-D would be an all-time classic. The Red Sox looked to be closing in on a championship, leading 5-2 as the game moved to the final frame, but CCBL hall of famer Kyle Schwarber[64] had other ideas. Schwarber smashed a homer in the ninth and the Gatemen pushed across two more to tie the game. With the Red Sox crowd in stunned disbelief, Schwarber came up again in the tenth and belted a two-run dinger as Wareham struck for three more runs to go ahead 8-5. Y-D managed a solo homer in the bottom of the tenth to make it 8-6, but Wareham held on to claim the crown with Schwarber taking home playoff MVP honors.[65][66][67]

Clem Spillane Field hosted the CCBL all-star festivities in 2015, and the hosts took home top honors as Gatemen Logan Sowers was home run derby champ, and hurler Ian Hamilton was named West division co-MVP in the West's tight 1-0 loss.[68][69][70] Wareham boasted the league's batting champ in three consecutive years from 2015 to 2017. Andrew Calica's lofty .425 mark in 2015 is among the tops in league history.[71] Cole Freeman took the crown in 2016,[72] and Tanner Dodson in 2017.[73]

In 2018, the Gatemen won their first 4 games and never lost more than two games in a row, finishing the regular season atop the West division for the first time since 2001. In the postseason, Wareham swept Cotuit in the first-round series and did the same to Falmouth in the semi-final round. In the championship, the Gatemen faced off against East division champion Chatham. Game 1 at Spillane Field was a back-and-forth battle between aces Ryan Garcia for Wareham and Austin Bergner for Chatham, but the Anglers' defense faltered and was responsible for three unearned Wareham runs that propelled the Gatemen to a 5-3 victory. Game 2 at Veteran's Field was played in two parts due to a Chatham fog-out, but Wareham's timely hitting and a clutch home run robbery by Gatemen right fielder Isaac Collins led Wareham to the title-clinching 9-3 victory. Third baseman Austin Shenton hit .522 with three home runs and 12 RBI to claim postseason MVP honors, and the video of Collins' grab made national headlines and was the top play on ESPN's SportsCenter.[74] The crown was Wareham's eighth in the modern era, and the team was the first to sweep the CCBL postseason since the playoffs expanded to three rounds.[75][76]

The 2019 Gatemen featured the league's Outstanding Pitcher, Ian Bedell, who posted an 0.58 ERA in 30.2 innings, striking out 36 while walking only two. Bedell was the West division all-star game starter, but it was Gatemen teammate Matt McLain who took home all-star MVP honors for the West, having hit a homer and single with three RBIs.[77]

CCBL Hall of Fame inducteesEdit

CCBL Hall of Famer Justin Masterson
CCBL Hall of Famer Jeremy Sowers

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

Year Inducted Ref. Name Position
2000 [26] Ed Lyons Manager
Mo Vaughn Player
2001 [34] Chuck Knoblauch Player
2002 [28] Bill Livesey Manager
2003 [43] Carlos Pena Player
2004 [40] Don Reed Manager
2005 [33] John Thoden Player
2006 [79] Jim Hubbard Executive
2007 [30] John Wylde Executive
John Morris Player
2008 [46] Matt Murton Player
Ben Sheets Player
2009 [80] Mark Angelo Player
2010 [20] Steve Robbins Player/Manager/
2011 [39] Mark Smith Player
2013 [25] Jim Prete Player
2016 [56] Warner Jones Player
2017 [27] Steve Newell Player
Justin Masterson Player
Jeremy Sowers Player
2019 [64] Kyle Schwarber Player

Notable alumniEdit

Dallas Keuchel
George Springer

Yearly resultsEdit

CCBL Hall of Famer John Morris was league MVP in 1981
Jerry Hairston Jr won a CCBL title with Wareham in 1997
Barry Zito pitched for the 1997 CCBL champion Gatemen
CCBL hall of famer Ben Sheets was a 1998 Gateman
Aaron Hill was playoff MVP for the 2001 CCBL champion Gatemen
Matt Barnes played for the Gatemen in 2010 and 2011
2010 & 2011 Gateman Max Muncy
Results by Season, 1927-1932
Year Won Lost Regular Season Finish Postseason* Manager Ref
1927 17 18 3rd League [81]
1928 18 26 6th League [82]
1929 Did not play
1930 29 15 1st League Won championship Harry Noznesky [83]
1931 23 24 3rd League Harry Noznesky [84]
1932 13 21 4th League [85]

* There were no post-season playoffs during the period 1927-1932. The regular season pennant winner was simply crowned as the league champion.

Results by Season, 1952-1962
Year Postseason Manager
1957 Won round 1 (Otis AFB)
Won semi-finals (Cotuit)
Lost championship (Orleans)
Results by Season, 1963-present
Year Won Lost Tied Regular Season Finish Postseason Manager
1963 13 19 0 3rd Upper Cape Division Won round 1 (Bourne)
Lost semi-finals (Cotuit)
Steve Robbins
1964 Steve Robbins
1965 4 28 0 4th Upper Cape Division
1966 11 23 0 4th Upper Cape Division
1967 12 27 0 3rd Upper Cape Division (T)
1968 18 22 0 3rd Upper Cape Division
1969 18 26 0 3rd Upper Cape Division Bill Thurston
1970 25 16 0 1st League (T) Lost semi-finals (Orleans) Ed Lyons
1971 23 17 2 3rd League Lost semi-finals (Orleans) Ed Lyons
1972 14 26 2 8th League Ed Lyons
1973 21 19 2 3rd League Lost semi-finals (Cotuit) Ed Lyons
1974 23 14 5 1st League Lost semi-finals (Cotuit) Ed Lyons
1975 18 23 1 5th League Ed Lyons
1976 21 18 2 3rd League Won semi-finals (Cotuit)
Won championship (Chatham)
Bill Livesey
1977 20 20 0 4th League Lost semi-finals (Cotuit) Bill Livesey
1978 20 22 0 5th League Demie Mainieri
1979 17 25 0 7th League Jack Gillis
1980 20 20 2 4th League Lost semi-finals (Chatham) Joe Arnold
1981 27 13 2 1st League Lost semi-finals (Cotuit) Joe Arnold
1982 29 11 1 1st League Lost semi-finals (Chatham) Joe Arnold
1983 26 15 1 2nd League Lost semi-finals (Harwich) Joe Arnold
1984 22 17 3 4th League Won semi-finals (Harwich)
Lost championship (Cotuit)
Mike Roberts
1985 19 22 1 5th League Mark Scalf
1986 22 18 2 3rd League Lost semi-finals (Cotuit) Stan Meek
1987 17 25 0 6th League (T) Bob Pearson
1988 29 13 2 1st West Division Won semi-finals (Hyannis)
Won championship (Orleans)
Stan Meek
1989 21 22 1 4th West Division Jim Fleming
1990 24 19 1 1st West Division Won semi-finals (Cotuit)
Lost championship (Y-D)
Jim Fleming
1991 30 14 0 1st West Division Lost semi-finals (Hyannis) Don Reed
1992 22 20 1 2nd West Division Lost semi-finals (Cotuit) Don Reed
1993 25 17 2 1st West Division Won semi-finals (Hyannis)
Lost championship (Orleans)
Don Reed
1994 25 17 1 2nd West Division Won semi-finals (Falmouth)
Won championship (Brewster)
Don Reed
1995 28 15 1 2nd West Division Lost semi-finals (Cotuit) Don Reed
1996 29 15 0 1st West Division Lost semi-finals (Falmouth) Don Reed
1997 28 16 0 1st West Division Won semi-finals (Bourne)
Won championship (Harwich)
Don Reed
1998 25 18 1 1st West Division Won semi-finals (Bourne)
Lost championship (Chatham)
Don Reed
1999 24 18 2 2nd West Division Lost semi-finals (Cotuit) Don Reed
2000 27 16 1 1st West Division Lost semi-finals (Hyannis) Mike Roberts
2001 25 18 1 1st West Division Won semi-finals (Bourne)
Won championship (Chatham)
Cooper Farris
2002 23 21 0 2nd West Division Won semi-finals (Cotuit)
Won championship (Orleans)
Cooper Farris
2003 17 25 1 4th West Division Cooper Farris
2004 20 24 0 4th West Division Cooper Farris
2005 21 21 2 4th West Division John Brickley
2006 24 19 1 2nd West Division Won semi-finals (Cotuit)
Lost championship (Y-D)
Cooper Farris
2007 15 29 0 4th West Division Cooper Farris
2008 17 26 1 5th West Division Cooper Farris
2009 19 19 6 4th West Division Cooper Farris
2010 19 24 1 4th West Division Won round 1 (Bourne)
Lost semi-finals (Cotuit)
Cooper Farris
2011 23 21 0 2nd West Division Won round 1 (Bourne)
Lost semi-finals (Falmouth)
Cooper Farris
2012 21 23 0 2nd West Division Won round 1 (Falmouth)
Won semi-finals (Bourne)
Won championship (Y-D)
Cooper Farris
2013 9 33 1 5th West Division Cooper Farris
2014 14 28 2 5th West Division Cooper Farris
2015 17 25 2 3rd West Division Lost round 1 (Bourne) Cooper Farris
2016 25 15 4 2nd West Division Lost round 1 (Bourne) Jerry Weinstein
2017 18 25 1 4th West Division Won round 1 (Falmouth)
Lost semi-finals (Bourne)
Don Sneddon
2018 25 17 2 1st West Division Won round 1 (Cotuit)
Won semi-finals (Falmouth)
Won championship (Chatham)
Don Sneddon
2019 24 18 2 2nd West Division Lost round 1 (Cotuit) Jerry Weinstein

League Award WinnersEdit

1990 Gateman Doug Glanville was the CCBL Outstanding Pro Prospect
Wareham's Lance Berkman wore the league batting crown in 1996
Wareham's Daniel Bard was West division MVP of the 2005 CCBL all star game

The Pat Sorenti
MVP Award
Year Player
1970 Jim Prete
1971 Joe Barkauskas
1973 Steve Newell
1974 Phil Welch
1981 John Morris
1990 Mark Smith
1996 Kevin Nicholson
1997 Carlos Pena
2000 Mike Fontenot
2001 Matt Murton
The Robert A. McNeece
Outstanding Pro Prospect Award
Year Player
1976 Bobby Sprowl*
1988 Chuck Knoblauch
1990 Doug Glanville
2003 Wade Townsend
The BFC Whitehouse
Outstanding Pitcher Award
Year Player
1971 Bob Majczan
1975 Jerry Hoffman
1977 Karl Steffen
1983 Dennis Livingston
1984 Bill Cunningham
1986 Jack Armstrong
1988 John Thoden
1998 Phil Devey*
1999 Pat Pinkman*
2000 Ben Crockett*
2001 Chris Leonard
2019 Ian Bedell
The Russ Ford
Outstanding Relief Pitcher Award
Year Player
1991 Brad Clontz
1996 Clint Chrysler*
2004 Kevin Whelan

The Daniel J. Silva
Sportsmanship Award
Year Player
1974 Jim Foxwell
1979 John McDonald*
1981 Gary Melillo*
1985 Dan Arendas*
1987 Mike Hensley
1994 Karl Thompson
1997 Carlos Pena
2005 Joel Collins
The Manny Robello
10th Player Award
Year Player
1991 Jack Stanczak
The John J. Claffey Outstanding
New England Player Award
Year Player
2001 Ben Crockett
2012 Tyler Horan
The Thurman Munson Award
for Batting Champion
Year Player
1988 Chuck Knoblauch (.361)
1990 Mark Smith (.408)
1991 Mike Hickey (.366)
1996 Lance Berkman (.352)
1999 Jaime Bubela (.370)
2001 Eric Reed (.365)
2015 Andrew Calica (.425)
2016 Cole Freeman (.374)
2017 Tanner Dodson (.350)

All-Star Game MVP Award
Year Player
1986 Jack Armstrong
1990 Mark Smith
1993 Roy Marsh
1996 Kevin Nicholson
2001 Matt Murton
2005 Daniel Bard
2010 Zach Wilson
2011 Konner Wade
2012 Daniel Palka
2015 Ian Hamilton*
2019 Matt McLain
All-Star Home Run Hitting
Contest Champion
Year Player
2002 Matt Murton
2007 Luke Murton
2015 Logan Sowers
The Star of Stars
Playoff MVP Award
Year Player
1988 John Thoden*
1988 Mo Vaughn*
1994 Chris Boni
1997 Kevin Hodge
2001 Aaron Hill
2002 Mark Kutler
2012 Kyle Schwarber
2018 Austin Shenton

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

Managerial HistoryEdit

Manager Seasons Total Seasons Championship Seasons
Bill Thurston 1969 1
Ed Lyons 1970 - 1975 6
Bill Livesey 1976 - 1977 2 1976
Demie Mainieri 1978 1
Jack Gillis 1979 1
Joe Arnold 1980 - 1983 4
Mark Scalf 1985 1
Bob Pearson 1987 1
Stan Meek 1986
2 1988
Jim Fleming 1989 - 1990 2
Don Reed 1991 - 1999 9 1994, 1997
Mike Roberts 1984
John Brickley 2005 1
Cooper Farris 2001 - 2004
2006 - 2015
14 2001, 2002, 2012
Don Sneddon 2017 - 2018 2 2018
Jerry Weinstein 2016


All 44 Gatemen games, in addition to any preseason and postseason games, are broadcast online on YouTube, which can be accessed through the Gatemen's website. All home games feature live video/audio broadcasts, while away games consist of only live audio. All home games are also broadcast on Wareham Community Television. The Gatemen play-by-play broadcasters for the 2019 season are Jonah Karp and Gabe Genovesi.

The New Bedford Standard Times ("SouthCoastToday"), The Cape Cod Times and Wareham Week ( cover the Wareham Gatemen regularly.[86][87]

See alsoEdit


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