Wareham Gatemen

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
Information
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
Websitewww.gatemen.org

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.

History

Pre-modern era

The early Cape League era (1923-1939)

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]

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

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,[12] and the league voted to admit Wareham to replace Barnstable for the second half of the season.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15][16] 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.[17]

Modern era (1963-present)

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

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. 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.[18][19]

Wareham qualified for the playoffs in 1963, and defeated the Bourne Canalmen in the first round series before being bounced by Cotuit.[20][21] In 1965, Clem Spillane Field hosted the CCBL all-star game, which was won by the Upper Cape division, 10-9.[22]

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.[23]

The 1970s and Wareham's first modern era title

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.[24] 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.[25]

CCBL hall of fame skipper Bill Livesey took the helm at Wareham in 1976.[26] 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.[27]

The 1980s and another championship squad

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.[28] 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.[29] 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.

The 1988 CCBL season boasted perhaps the greatest single-season aggregation of future major league talent in league history.[30] 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,[31] 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.[24][32]

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.[33][34]

The 1990s: A long streak of success

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.

In 1990, the Gatemen reached the CCBL finals, but were ousted by the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.[35] Wareham was led by the league's Outstanding Pro Prospect, Doug Glanville,[36] 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.[37] 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.[38]

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.[39][40]

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.[41] 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.[42][43]

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[44] 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 legend

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.

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,[44] 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.[45][46][47]

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. 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.[48]

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.[25] Along with their wealth of pitching, the 2003 Gatemen boasted the league's hits leader in CCBL hall of fame third baseman Warner Jones.[49] 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.[25] 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.[50][51]

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.[52][53]

Two more titles highlight the 2010s

The 2012 Gatemen won only seven of their 22 home games, but finished second in the West division. 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[54] 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.[55][56][57]

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.[58] Cole Freeman took the crown in 2016,[59] and Tanner Dodson in 2017.[60]

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.[61] 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.[62][63]

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.[64]

CCBL Hall of Fame inductees

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

Year Inducted Ref. Name Position
2000 [24] Ed LyonsManager
Mo VaughnPlayer
2001[32]Chuck KnoblauchPlayer
2002[26]Bill LiveseyManager
2003[41]Carlos PenaPlayer
2004[38]Don ReedManager
2005[31]John ThodenPlayer
2006[66]Jim HubbardExecutive
2007 [28] John WyldeExecutive
John MorrisPlayer
2008 [44] Matt MurtonPlayer
Ben SheetsPlayer
2009[67]Mark AngeloPlayer
2010[18]Steve RobbinsPlayer/Manager/
Executive
2011[37]Mark SmithPlayer
2013[23]Jim PretePlayer
2016[49]Warner JonesPlayer
2017 [25] Steve NewellPlayer
Justin MastersonPlayer
Jeremy SowersPlayer
2019[54]Kyle SchwarberPlayer

Notable alumni

Yearly results

Results by Season, 1927-1932
Year Won Lost Regular Season Finish Postseason* Manager Ref
192717183rd League[68]
192818266th League[69]
1929 Did not play
193029151st LeagueWon championshipHarry Noznesky[70]
193123243rd LeagueHarry Noznesky[71]
193213214th League[72]

* 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
1957Won 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
1963131903rd Upper Cape DivisionWon round 1 (Bourne)
Lost semi-finals (Cotuit)
Steve Robbins
1964Steve Robbins
196542804th Upper Cape Division
1966112304th Upper Cape Division
1967122703rd Upper Cape Division (T)
1968182203rd Upper Cape Division
1969182603rd Upper Cape DivisionBill Thurston
1970251601st League (T)Lost semi-finals (Orleans)Ed Lyons
1971231723rd LeagueLost semi-finals (Orleans)Ed Lyons
1972142628th LeagueEd Lyons
1973211923rd LeagueLost semi-finals (Cotuit)Ed Lyons
1974231451st LeagueLost semi-finals (Cotuit)Ed Lyons
1975182315th LeagueEd Lyons
1976211823rd LeagueWon semi-finals (Cotuit)
Won championship (Chatham)
Bill Livesey
1977202004th LeagueLost semi-finals (Cotuit)Bill Livesey
1978202205th LeagueDemie Mainieri
1979172507th LeagueJack Gillis
1980202024th LeagueLost semi-finals (Chatham)Joe Arnold
1981271321st LeagueLost semi-finals (Cotuit)Joe Arnold
1982291111st LeagueLost semi-finals (Chatham)Joe Arnold
1983261512nd LeagueLost semi-finals (Harwich)Joe Arnold
1984221734th LeagueWon semi-finals (Harwich)
Lost championship (Cotuit)
Mike Roberts
1985192215th LeagueMark Scalf
1986221823rd LeagueLost semi-finals (Cotuit)Stan Meek
1987172506th League (T)Bob Pearson
1988291321st West DivisionWon semi-finals (Hyannis)
Won championship (Orleans)
Stan Meek
1989212214th West DivisionJim Fleming
1990241911st West DivisionWon semi-finals (Cotuit)
Lost championship (Y-D)
Jim Fleming
1991301401st West DivisionLost semi-finals (Hyannis)Don Reed
1992222012nd West DivisionLost semi-finals (Cotuit)Don Reed
1993251721st West DivisionWon semi-finals (Hyannis)
Lost championship (Orleans)
Don Reed
1994251712nd West DivisionWon semi-finals (Falmouth)
Won championship (Brewster)
Don Reed
1995281512nd West DivisionLost semi-finals (Cotuit)Don Reed
1996291501st West DivisionLost semi-finals (Falmouth)Don Reed
1997281601st West DivisionWon semi-finals (Bourne)
Won championship (Harwich)
Don Reed
1998251811st West DivisionWon semi-finals (Bourne)
Lost championship (Chatham)
Don Reed
1999241822nd West DivisionLost semi-finals (Cotuit)Don Reed
2000271611st West DivisionLost semi-finals (Hyannis)Mike Roberts
2001251811st West DivisionWon semi-finals (Bourne)
Won championship (Chatham)
Cooper Farris
2002232102nd West DivisionWon semi-finals (Cotuit)
Won championship (Orleans)
Cooper Farris
2003172514th West DivisionCooper Farris
2004202404th West DivisionCooper Farris
2005212124th West DivisionJohn Brickley
2006241912nd West DivisionWon semi-finals (Cotuit)
Lost championship (Y-D)
Cooper Farris
2007152904th West DivisionCooper Farris
2008172615th West DivisionCooper Farris
2009191964th West DivisionCooper Farris
2010192414th West DivisionWon round 1 (Bourne)
Lost semi-finals (Cotuit)
Cooper Farris
2011232102nd West DivisionWon round 1 (Bourne)
Lost semi-finals (Falmouth)
Cooper Farris
2012212302nd West DivisionWon round 1 (Falmouth)
Won semi-finals (Bourne)
Won championship (Y-D)
Cooper Farris
201393315th West DivisionCooper Farris
2014142825th West DivisionCooper Farris
2015172523rd West DivisionLost round 1 (Bourne)Cooper Farris
2016251542nd West DivisionLost round 1 (Bourne)Jerry Weinstein
2017182514th West DivisionWon round 1 (Falmouth)
Lost semi-finals (Bourne)
Don Sneddon
2018251721st West DivisionWon round 1 (Cotuit)
Won semi-finals (Falmouth)
Won championship (Chatham)
Don Sneddon
2019241822nd West DivisionLost round 1 (Cotuit)Jerry Weinstein

League Award Winners

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


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


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

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

Managerial History

Manager Seasons Total Seasons Championship Seasons
Bill Thurston19691
Ed Lyons1970 - 19756
Bill Livesey1976 - 197721976
Demie Mainieri19781
Jack Gillis19791
Joe Arnold1980 - 19834
Mark Scalf19851
Bob Pearson19871
Stan Meek1986
1988
21988
Jim Fleming1989 - 19902
Don Reed1991 - 199991994, 1997
Mike Roberts1984
2000
2
John Brickley20051
Cooper Farris2001 - 2004
2006 - 2015
142001, 2002, 2012
Don Sneddon2017 - 201822018
Jerry Weinstein2016
2019
2

Media

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 (warehamweektoday.com) cover the Wareham Gatemen regularly.[73][74]

See also

  • Wareham Gatemen players

References

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  2. "League Admits Wareham". Falmouth Enterprise. Falmouth, MA. May 29, 1930. p. 10.
  3. "FIVE TEAMS ONLY". Hyannis Patriot. Hyannis, MA. June 15, 1933. p. 1.
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