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Falmouth Commodores
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LeagueCape Cod Baseball League (West Division)
LocationFalmouth, Massachusetts
BallparkArnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field
League championships1923, 1929, 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 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 West Division. The Commodores play their home games at Arnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field in Falmouth.

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.

History[edit]

Pre-modern era[edit]

Hall of Famer Pie Traynor played for Falmouth in 1919.

Origins of baseball in Falmouth[edit]

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 the Falmouth Heights 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.[2]

During this era, attempts were made periodically to formalize league play among Cape Cod ballclubs. One such foray came in 1913 when Cottage Club manager H. Newton Marshall led the formation of a "Cape Cod Base Ball League". The league comprised six teams: Osterville, Pocasset, Orleans, Sandwich, South Yarmouth, and the Falmouth Heights Cottage Club, with each team playing each other team twice for a ten-game schedule. In what appears to have been the league's lone season, the Cottage Club claimed the pennant with a 9–1 record. Marshall was credited with "[turning] a rough field into one of the finest diamonds used for amateur base ball in this part of the country; ...equal in every respect to many of the major league diamonds," and with "[arousing] enthusiasm in base ball in Falmouth to such a pitch that people come from quite a distance to swell the crowds at the games."[3][4][5] The team's popularity was such that Marshall, team captain Ralph Mendall, and the other Cottage Club players were celebrated in song at local theatrical performances.[6][7]

Early postcard depicting Central Park Field, Falmouth Heights

Marshall managed the team through 1916,[8][9] and his teams featured several past and future major leaguers. Fletcher Low of Dartmouth College played for the Cottage Club in 1914 and then played briefly for the Boston Braves the following season.[10] Former New York Highlanders hurler Ray Tift pitched for the Cottage Club late in 1914,[11] after defeating Falmouth earlier in the season as a member of the West Somerville, Massachusetts town team.[7][12][13] Horace "Hod" Ford played shortstop for Falmouth in 1915 and 1916, and went on to play 15 years in the major leagues.[14][15][16][17] 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.[18][19]

Available players and funding were at a premium as the U.S. became involved in World War I, but Falmouth was able to field a team in 1917 under manager Earl White,[20][21] a season highlighted by a split doubleheader against the powerful visiting Crescent Athletic Club of Brooklyn, New York.[22][23] In the 1918 and 1919 seasons, Falmouth combined players and resources with the Oak Bluffs town team in response to the war shortage.[24][25] The 1918 team was managed by Lewis Whiting, and featured Dave Morey, who had played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1913.[26][27] Morey took over as player-manager of the combined team in 1919, and continued in that position for the Falmouth team in 1920 and 1921.[25][28][29]

Morey's 1919 Falmouth-Oak Bluffs club featured Somerville, Massachusetts native Pie Traynor, a shortstop who batted .322 on the season.[30][31][32] 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.[33][34] 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.[34][35][31]

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.[36] 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.[37][38] Although the composition of the league changed from year to year as various teams joined or dropped 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.[39][40] 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.[41][42] Falmouth took the pennant in the league's inaugural 1923 season, posting a record of 9–3, while Chatham, Osterville and Hyannis finished in a three-way tie for second place with identical 5–7 records.[43]

CCBL Hall of Famer 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.[44] 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 1925 to 1927, was team MVP in 1925, and finished the 1927 season playing for the Detroit Tigers.[45][46][34] 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."[47][48][49] CCBL all-league catcher Gene Connell played for Falmouth from 1927 to 1929, and went on to play for the Philadelphia Phillies.[50][51][52] Future major league umpire Bill Stewart pitched for Falmouth in 1929.[53][54] Prior to joining Falmouth in 1929, shortstop Waddy MacPhee had played briefly for the New York Giants.[55][56][57]

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.[58][59][60] Falmouth went on finish the 1929 season two games ahead of Chatham-Harwich to win the pennant and claim the Cape League championship.[61] 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.[62][63][64] Falmouth also played exhibitions against well-known barnstorming teams such as the House of David, whom Falmouth defeated in a 1929 contest,[65][56] the Lizzie Murphy All-Stars, who played Falmouth to a 2–2 tie in 1930,[66][67] and the Philadelphia Giants, who defeated Falmouth in 1930 behind the celebrated battery of Will "Cannonball" Jackman and Burlin White.[68]

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.[69][70][71] 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.[72] 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.[73][74] Another member of the 1931 team was third baseman Al Niemiec of Holy Cross.[73][75] 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.[76] 1933 Falmouth hurler Emil "Bud" Roy began the summer with Barnstable, finished it with Falmouth, and was playing with the Philadelphia Athletics in September.[77][78][79]

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.[80][81] Due to a split regular season, the 1935 CCBL championship was decided by a best-of-five playoff between Falmouth and Barnstable.[82] Falmouth sent Lefebvre to the mound in Game 1 at Hallet's Field, and took an 8–3 victory over Barnstable's ace Ted Olson in a pitching duel between future teammates for the 1938 Boston Red Sox. In Game 2 at home, Falmouth scratched out two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win, 3–2, and take a commanding series lead. Games 3 and 4 were played as a doubleheader, and Barnstable came out on top in both halves of the twinbill, 9–1 and 11–5, to even up the series. In Game 3 at Central Park Field, Barnstable slugger Jake Edwards hit a ball that crashed through the third-story window of a house just beyond the park's cozy right field, a blast that many Falmouth fans estimated was the longest seen at the field. The decisive Game 5 finale at Falmouth Heights was a rematch of moundsmen Lefebvre and Olson. With both hurlers pitching effectively, the game was tied, 2–2, with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Falmouth walked it off and took the title in exciting fashion when Jerry Shanahan scored on a hard line drive by Myron Ruckstull that resulted in an error off the usually reliable infielding glove of Barnstable's 18-year-old future major leaguer and CCBL Hall of Famer Lennie Merullo.[71][83][84]

Joe Mulligan and Red Flaherty played for Falmouth in 1936. Mulligan had pitched for the Boston Red Sox in 1934,[85][86] and Flaherty went on to enjoy a long major league umpiring career, officiating for over 20 years in the American League, including four World Series assignments.[85][87] Falmouth's 1938 championship team[88] featured burly slugger John Spirida, who went on to play pro football with the Washington Redskins the following year.[89][90] 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.[91][92]

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.[93][94] Falmouth went on to win its second consecutive league championship in 1939, led by Danvers, Massachusetts native Connie Creeden, who went on to play for the Boston Braves.[95][96]

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".[97]

Led by manager John DeMello, the All-Stars won the inaugural championship of the new Cape League in 1946. The team featured CCBL Hall of Famers Roche Pires[98] and Manny Pena,[99] both of whom became regular fixtures for the All-Stars during this period. Falmouth defeated Sagamore in a one-game playoff for the Upper Cape Division title,[100] then met Lower Cape champion Harwich in the best-of-three championship series. Harwich took Game 1 at Brooks Park, 6–1, holding the All-Stars to just three hits. Game 2 was played on Labor Day at Falmouth Heights before a reported crowd of 3,000. Pires struck out seven, and was "seldom in trouble," as Falmouth capitalized on four Harwich errors to build an 8–0 lead before Harwich finally got on the board with a pair of homers in the seventh. The Harwichers rallied again in each of the final two frames, but Pires held them off and went the distance in a 10–6 win that knotted the series at one game apiece. After Game 2, a coin flip determined Falmouth would host Game 3 the following weekend, and the All-Stars sent Pires to the mound in the finale. The game was even at 3–3 through five frames, but again Harwich's errors were its downfall, leading to Falmouth rallies in the late innings that gave the All-Stars the 8–4 victory and the league crown. Falmouth's championship club was celebrated as playing a "forcing, aggressive type of ball" that "compared favorably with the old semi-pro teams" of Falmouth's pre-war era.[101][102] Pires and Pena led Falmouth back to the championship series in 1949, but the club was downed by Lower Cape champ Orleans.[103][104]

Russ Gibson hit two homers in his only game for Falmouth in 1957.

In 1951, Falmouth entered a second franchise in the Cape League. Described as "young and spirited,"[105] the Falmouth Falcons were composed mainly of players in their late teens and early twenties.[106] The team played for three years in the Cape League, sharing the Falmouth Heights field with the All-Stars.[107] The 1951 Falcons were skippered by player/manager Charlie "Wig" Robb, and after opening their inaugural campaign in respectable fashion by finishing the season's first half in second place in the Upper Cape Division,[108][109] the team's outlook seemed promising.[110][111] Falcons' hurler Charlie Eastman was the winning pitcher for the Upper Cape in its 5–3 victory over the Lower Cape in the 1951 CCBL All-Star Game, and was joined on the Upper Cape squad by fellow Falcons Joe Parent at shortstop and Robb at third base.[112][113] Falmouth native Charlie Borden, who had spent time as a minor leaguer in the Chicago Cubs farm system, took over managerial duties and pitched for the Falcons in 1952.[114][115] Eastman, Robb and Parent were all-stars again in 1952, along with Borden and catcher Jack Cavanaugh.[116] After disappointing seasons by both Falmouth teams in 1952, a merger for the following season was discussed, but the Falcons were not keen to the idea.[117][118] Town funds were appropriated for only one team in 1953, but the Falcons remained in the league through independent financial support,[119][120] led by new skipper Phil White.[121] The season was the final one for the Falcons, as the teams were finally merged for the 1954 season.[122]

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.[123][124]

Modern era (1963–present)[edit]

The 1960s: A new league, a new park, a new name[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.[125]

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.[126] 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.[2]

Arnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field has been home of the Commodores since the 1960s.

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,[127] 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 Game pitcher for Falmouth in 1966.[128] The club also featured another Sagamore castoff in University of Connecticut slugger Ron Bugbee, who had won the CCBL MVP award with Sagamore in 1965. After finishing the regular season atop the Upper Cape division, the Commodores faced Lower Cape champ Chatham in the best-of-five 1966 title series. Falmouth dropped Game 1 at Veteran's Field, but rebounded in Game 2 at home behind a 1–0 complete game shutout by Kinski.[129][130] Game 3 was a 7–3 win on the road for Falmouth, setting up a classic series clincher at Guv Fuller Field in Game 4. With the Commodores down, 4–3 in the seventh inning, Bugbee, who had so far gone hitless in the series, blasted a two-run homer to put Falmouth up, 5–4. Clinging to a one-run lead with no outs and a runner on first in the top of the ninth, Livesey called to the bullpen for Kinski. The ace lefty proceeded to pick off the runner, then struck out Chatham all-stars Steve Saradnik and George Greer to give the Commodores the championship.[131][132] The two teams met again for the title in 1967, with Chatham coming out on top.[133]

The 1968 Commodores championship team included Worcester, Massachusetts native Pat Bourque, who went on to win a World Series with the 1973 Oakland A's. The Commodores met Harwich in the best-of-five 1968 championship series, and dropped Game 1 at Whitehouse Field.[134] Falmouth stormed back with a 6–1 win in Game 2 at home, powered by slugger Mike Finnell, who launched a two-run homer and scored four of the team's six runs.[135] Finnell was at it again in Game 3 on the road, blasting another four-bagger as the Commodores took a two-games-to-one series lead.[136] The exciting Game 4 finale at Guv Fuller Field found the score tied at 10–10 and the bases loaded for Falmouth in the bottom of the tenth. The Commodores walked off with the championship as Steve Greenberg, son of Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, drew a base on balls off Harwich's CCBL Hall of Fame hurler Pete Ford to force in the series-winning run.[137][138]

Ace pitcher and CCBL Hall of Famer 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.[127] 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.[139][140]

Livesey's "four-peat" launches the 1970s[edit]

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

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.[141][142]

The 1971 title series was a best-of-five series, and was 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.[143]

Falmouth's 1972 team featured CCBL batting champ Ed Orrizzi (.372) and future major leaguers Billy Almon and Mike Flanagan.[144] Flanagan went 7–1 for the season with a 2.18 ERA while also belting seven home runs; he went 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.[145]

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.[146] 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."[147] 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.[44]

The 1980s and a return to championship form[edit]

Steve Lombardozzi played for the 1980 CCBL champion Commodores.

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,[148] 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 was the only one the Commodores needed. 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 14th overall.[149][150][151]

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.[99] 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. Hometown star Bob Allietta took the reins as Commodores field manager in 1983. A graduate of Falmouth's Lawrence High School, Allietta had played for the Commodores in 1970 and had gone on to play in the major leagues for the California Angels in the mid-1970s.[152] The 1984 Falmouth team was skippered by CCBL Hall of Fame manager Ed Lyons,[144] and featured CCBL Hall of Famers Jim McCollom, who batted .413 and slugged a league-high 15 home runs,[153] 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.[154]

The 1990s[edit]

The 1991 Falmouth team was led by skipper Dan O'Brien, a former Cape Leaguer with Chatham who had gone on to play for the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1992 and 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.[155]

CCBL Hall of Fame manager Harvey Shapiro took the Falmouth helm in 1994, and led the team through 1998.[156] 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.[157] Joining him were the league's Outstanding Pitcher and fellow CCBL Hall of Famer, Bob St. Pierre,[158] 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,[159] but lost to Chatham in the title series.[160][161] Milton's season was highlighted by his no-hitter against Orleans in which he came within one walk of a perfect game.[159] The Commodores took home individual honors in 1997 as Jason Edgar was named MVP of the CCBL All-Star Game,[162] and in 1999 when Doc Brooks became the first Commodore to win the CCBL All-Star Game Home Run Derby.[163]

The 2000s[edit]

The Commodores reached the CCBL championship series twice in the 2000s, but were swept by Y-D in both 2004 and 2007.[164][165][166] The 2004 Falmouth team featured CCBL Hall of Fame shortstop Cliff Pennington[156] and future Boston Red Sox star Jacoby Ellsbury,[167] 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.[168] 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.[169]

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.[170] The 2006 season featured a combined no-hitter tossed by Commodore hurlers Kris Dobrowiecki, Sean Morgan, Brandon Copp and Sam Demel against Bourne.[171] Future major league all-star pitcher Aaron Crow was the CCBL's Outstanding Pro Prospect in 2007.[172] In 2008, another future MLB all-star, A.J. Pollock, took home the league's MVP Award, batting .377 with 61 hits.[173] 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.[174]

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.[175] Skipper Jeff Trundy surpassed Bill Livesey in 2007 as the longest-tenured manager in Falmouth history, a mark Trundy proceeded to leave far behind.

The 2010s[edit]

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.[176][177] 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.[178][179] 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.

North Dighton, Massachusetts native and Holy Cross hurler Nate Koneski was the league's Outstanding New England Player in 2011, posting a 1.03 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 26.1 innings.[180] Falmouth's 2013 and 2014 teams starred CCBL Hall of Fame 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.[181][182][156] The 2016 Commodores featured the league's Outstanding Pro Prospect, Michael Gigliotti,[183] as well as the league's Outstanding Pitcher, Jeff Passantino.[184] In 2019, Falmouth featured league Outstanding Relief Pitcher Zachary Brzykcy and league batting champ Zach DeLoach (.353).

The 2020s[edit]

The 2020 CCBL season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.[185]

CCBL Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

CCBL Hall of Famer Darin Erstad
CCBL Hall of Famer David Aardsma

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

Year Inducted Ref. Name Position
2000 [144] Mike Flanagan Player
Ed Lyons Manager
2001 [157] Darin Erstad Player
2002 [127] Bill Livesey Manager
Paul Mitchell Player
2003 [128] Noel Kinski Player
2004 [159] Eric Milton Player
2005 [99] Sam Nattile Player
Manny Pena Player
2006 [187] Steve Balboni Player
2007 [72] Jack Walsh Player / Manager
2008 [98] Roche Pires Player
2009 [31] Pie Traynor Player
2010 [188] David Aardsma Player
2011 [154] Doug Fisher Player
2012 [44] Billy Best Player
Danny “Deacon” MacFayden Player
2013 [168] Daniel Carte Player
2014 [158] Bob St. Pierre Player
2016 [153] Jim McCollom Player
2017 [189] Chuck Sturtevant Executive
2018 [155] Arthur "Ace" Adams Player / Manager
2019 [169] Conor Gillaspie Player
2020 [156] Kevin Newman Player
Cliff Pennington Player
Harvey Shapiro Manager

Notable alumni[edit]

Yearly results[edit]

Waddy MacPhee, shortstop for Falmouth's 1929 title club
Al Niemiec of Falmouth's 1931 title club
Joe Mulligan pitched for Falmouth in 1936.
Former major leaguer Rosy Ryan was the star on the mound in Falmouth's 1938 title season
CCBL Hall of Famer Paul Mitchell won three consecutive league titles with Falmouth from 1969 to '71, setting a league record with 126 strikeouts in 1969.
Bill Almon played for the Commodores in 1972 and 1973
CCBL Hall of Famer Steve Balboni played for Falmouth in 1976
1996 Falmouth Commodore Adam Kennedy
The Commodores' A. J. Pollock was CCBL league MVP in 2008
Rhys Hoskins, 2013 'Dores

Results by season, 1923–1939[edit]

Year Won Lost Regular Season Finish Postseason* Manager Ref
1923 9 3 1st League Won championship Byron H. Parker
Frank Silva
[43]
1924 9 15 3rd League L.P. Jones
Harry B. Albro
[190]
1925 Arthur "Dutch" Ayer [191]
1926 22 19 3rd League Chippy Gaw [192]
1927 20 17 2nd League Curly Oden [193]
1928 21 23 4th League Curly Oden [194]
1929 25 19 1st League Won championship Lynn Wells [51][61]
1930 25 19 4th League Lynn Wells
Asa Small
[195][196]
1931 34 16 1st League Won championship Jack Walsh [69]
1932 23 11 1st League Won championship Jack Walsh [70]
1933 31 19 1st League (A)
3rd League (B)
Lost championship (Harwich) Jack Walsh [197][198]
[199]
1934 25 23 2nd League Jack Walsh [200]
1935 30 17 2nd League (A)
1st League (B)
Won championship (Barnstable) Jack Walsh [201][202]
[71]
1936 24 24 2nd League (A)
2nd League (B)
Jack Walsh [203][204]
1937 23 23 4th League Bill Boehner [205]
1938 32 22 1st League Won championship Bill Boehner [88]
1939 33 20 1st League (A)
1st League (B)
Won championship Buzz Harvey [206]

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

Results by season, 1946–1962[edit]

Falmouth All-Stars
Year Won Lost Regular Season Finish* Postseason Manager Ref
1946 Won semi-finals (Sagamore)
Won championship (Harwich)
John DeMello [101]
1947 John DeMello [207]
1948 Lost semi-finals (Mashpee) John DeMello [208][209]
1949 Won semi-finals (Cotuit)
Lost championship (Orleans)
Willard E. Boyden [103][104]
1950 20 12 3rd Upper Cape Division (A)
T-3rd Upper Cape Division (B)
Willard E. Boyden [210][211][212]
1951 14 22 3rd Upper Cape Division (A)
7th Upper Cape Division (B)
Willard E. Boyden [213][214][215]
1952 Willard E. Boyden
Marshall Douthart
[216]
1953 14 22 6th Upper Cape Division (A)
5th Upper Cape Division (B)
Willard E. Boyden [217][218][219]
1954 Jack Cavanaugh [220]
1955 Jack Cavanaugh [221]
1956 8 24 6th Upper Cape Division Tony Cunha [222][223]
1957 9 21 6th Upper Cape Division Joe Allietta [224][225]
1958 8 14 5th Upper Cape Division (A)
4th Upper Cape Division (B)
Tony Cunha [226][227][228]
1959 13 19 4th Upper Cape Division (A)
6th Upper Cape Division (B)
Joseph Parent, Jr. [229][230][231]
1960 22 4 1st Upper Cape Division Lost round 1 (Sagamore) Tony Cunha [232][233]
1961 18 12 3rd Upper Cape Division (T) Won round 1 (Sagamore)
Lost semi-finals (Cotuit)
Tony Cunha [234][235][236]
1962 11 19 5th Upper Cape Division Tony Cunha [237][238]
Falmouth Falcons (1951–1953)
Year Won Lost Regular Season Finish* Postseason Manager Ref
1951 18 16 2nd Upper Cape Division (A)
6th Upper Cape Division (B)
Charlie "Wig" Robb [105][214][215]
1952 Charlie Borden [114]
1953 11 25 7th Upper Cape Division (A)
6th Upper Cape Division (B)
Phil White [121][218][219]

* Regular seasons split into first and second halves are designated as (A) and (B).

Results by season, 1963–present[edit]

Year Won Lost Tied Regular Season Finish Postseason Manager
1963 12 21 0 4th Upper Cape Division Don Prohovich
1964 12 21 0 4th Upper Cape Division 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 Won semi-finals (Cotuit)
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 (Cotuit) 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 Rich Piergustavo
1991 19 25 0 5th West Division Dan O'Brien
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 (T) Lost round 1 (Cotuit) 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
2020 Season cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
2021 14 19 2 4th West Division Jeff Trundy

League award winners[edit]

CCBL Hall of Famer and 2007 MVP Conor Gillaspie
Commodore Aaron Crow was the CCBL Outstanding Pro Prospect in 2007
Falmouth's Jim Riggleman was 1973 CCBL All-Star Game MVP
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. McNeece 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 Josh 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.

All-Star Game selections[edit]

Sid Bream was an all-star for the 1980 CCBL champion Commodores.
1999 Commodores all-star Kevin Cash
CCBL Hall of Famer Cliff Pennington, 2004 Falmouth all-star
2007 Commodores all-star Kyle Gibson
Falmouth all-star Todd Cunningham wore the CCBL batting crown in 2009 and was the league's Outstanding Pro Prospect
Year Players Ref
1963 John Souza [239]
1964 Bud Knittel, Pete Haigis [240]
1965 Mike Finnell, Robert Hall, Malcolm Beard, Richard DeVarney, Steve Kadison [241]
1966 Mike Finnell, Dave Lapointe, Rick Aldrich, Len Sheflott, Noel Kinski, Art DiMartino [242][243]
1967 Dave Lapointe, Don Picard, Gary Sargent, John Hefferon, George Ferguson, Mike Kapsimalis, Carter Lord [244][245]
1968 Dave Lapointe, Mike Finnell, Pat Bourque, Dan Stewart, Dave Baye, Dave Stone, Ed McFarland [246][247]
1969 Paul Mitchell, Steve Greenberg, Terry Wedgewood, Ray Huard, Dean Hoag, Mickey Karkut [248]
1970 Paul Mitchell, Jim Jachym [249]
1971 Paul Mitchell, Russ Peach, Kevin Bryant, Brian Herosian [250]
1972 (Team)* [145][251]
1973 Bill Almon, Jim Riggleman, Arthur "Ace" Adams [252]
1974 Rich Gale, Marv Foley, Bob Gillis [253]
1975 Bill Evers, Bill Tullish, Stan Saleski [254]
1976 (None) [255]
1977 (None) [256]
1978 Tom Olszak [257]
1979 Billy Best, Marty Pulley [258]
1980 Sid Bream, Steve Lombardozzi, Mark Winters [259]
1981 Dennis Glynn, Sam Matillo, Tom Reynolds [260]
1982 Bill Mendek [261][262]
1983 Bob Posey [263]
1984 Doug Fisher, Deric Ladnier, Jim McCollom [264]
1985 Doug Fisher, Steve Rosenberg [265]
1986 Tino Martinez, Ed Rush, Richie Lewis [266]
1987 (None) [267]
1988 Bob McCreary, George Tsamis, Tom Hickox, Jim Jimacki, John Farrell [268]
1989 Jon Shave, Mike Weimerskirch, Sam Militello [269]
1990 Bob Langer, Tim Hickox [270]
1991 Bob Juday, Craig Mayes, Scott Gentile [271]
1992 Mark Loretta, Ryan Lefebvre, Pat Schulz [272]
1993 Mike Martin, Jason Garman, Don Nestor, Darin Erstad [273]
1994 Brian Cummins, Bob St. Pierre, Mike Kinkade, Darin Erstad, Scott Winchester [274]
1995 Scott Byers, Kris Wilson [275]
1996 Mark Fischer, Gary Burnham, Chuck Crowder, Eric Milton, Rob Hauswald [276][277]
1997 Jeff Weaver, Jason Edgar, Brian Smith, Brian Ralph, Chad Sutter [278]
1998 Scott Bikowski, Russ Jacobson, Vance Cozier [279]
1999 Kevin Cash, Doc Brooks [280]
2000 Dave Mattle, Bob Brownlie, Vince Serafini, Doc Brooks, Luke Scott [281]
2001 Hunter Brown, Val Majewski, Jarrod Schmidt, Steve Herce [282]
2002 Vasili Spanos, Devin Ivany, Jon Kaplan, David Aardsma [283]
2003 Darryl Lawhorn, Billy Mohl, Collin Mahoney, Joey Metropoulos [284]
2004 Matt Antonelli, Dallas Buck, Cliff Pennington, Daniel Carte, Danny Perales, Phil Bartleski, Jensen Lewis, Mark Hamilton [285]
2005 Matt Antonelli, Dallas Buck, Jon Still, Mark Hamilton, Brett Sinkbeil, Tim Norton [286]
2006 Mitch Canham, Brad Chalk, Brett Wallace, Warren McFadden, David Kopp, Sam Demel, Eddie Kunz [287]
2007 Conor Gillaspie, Aja Barto, Matt Hague, Aaron Crow, Kyle Gibson, Christian Friedrich, Luke Burnett [288]
2008 Trevor Coleman, Jimmy Cesario, A.J. Pollock, Ben Tootle [289]
2009 B.A. Vollmuth, Todd Cunningham, Brian Fletcher, Patrick Cooper, Taylor Wall, Hunter Morris [290]
2010 Andrew Susac, Kevin Medrano, KC Serna, Christian Jones [291]
2011 Jake Rodriguez, Jeremy Baltz, John Simms [292]
2012 Drew Dosch, Trey Masek [293]
2013 Kevin Newman, Kevin Cron, Leon Byrd, Rhys Hoskins, Dylan Davis, Brandon Magallones, Casey Gillaspie [294]
2014 Kevin Newman, Jake Madsen, Connor Hale, Matt Eureste, Steven Duggar, Cameron O’Brien, Matt Hall, Matt Eckelman, Alex Young [295]
2015 J. J. Matijevic, Heath Quinn, Austin Tribby, Andrew Frankenreider [296]
2016 Michael Gigliotti, Tyler Lawrence, Jeffrey Passantino, Tristan Gray, Trevor Larnach, Brady Puckett, Brendan King [297]
2017 Alec Bohm, Clayton Daniel, George Janca, Kyle Bradish, Mitchell Miller, Marty Bechina [298]
2018 Matt Canterino, Kyle Stowers, Steven Williams, Cameron Cannon, T. J. Sikkema, Ian Koch [299]
2019 Trei Cruz, Hayden Cantrelle, Zach DeLoach, Franco Aleman, Logan Hofmann, Barron Radcliff [300]
2020 Season cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
2021 Brayden Taylor, Jace Bohrofen, Lucas Gordon, Chase Jeter [301]

(*) Due to a scheduling conflict with the ACBL, the 1972 All-Star Game was contested between the CCBL all-stars and the defending league champion Commodores team.

Italics - Indicates All-Star Game Home Run Hitting Contest participant (1988 to present)

No-hit games[edit]

CCBL Hall of Famer Eric Milton posted a 0.21 ERA and tossed a no-hitter for Falmouth in 1996.
Sam Demel tossed part of a combined no-hitter for the Commodores in 2006.
Year Pitcher Opponent Score Location Notes Ref
1915 Walt Whittaker Oak Bluffs 6–0 Central Park Field [18]
1917 Charles Zeigler Romar A.A. of Dorchester 5–0 Central Park Field [302][15]
1946 Roche Pires Sandwich 5–1 [303]
1946 Roche Pires Bourne 15–0 [304]
1948 Ed Peterson Sandwich 5–0 5-inning game [305][306]
1950 Roche Pires Maritime 7–0 7-inning game [307]
1952 Jack McCarthy Falmouth Falcons 2–1 Central Park Field Not to be confused with CCBL HOF'er Jack McCarthy [308][305]
1964 Bud Knittel Wareham 1–0 Clem Spillane Field [309]
1965 Carl Boteze Wareham 19–0 Guv Fuller Field [309][310]
1966 Len Sheflott Sagamore 3–0 Guv Fuller Field 6-inning game [311][312]
1966 Noel Kinski Wareham 16–0 Guv Fuller Field 6-inning game;
Combined
[309][313]
Gordy Engstrom
1967 John Hefferon Wareham 4–0 Clem Spillane Field [309][314]
1967 Ron Drews Bourne 6–0 Guv Fuller Field 7-inning game [311][315]
1971 Jim Jachym Cotuit 3–0 Lowell Park [316][317]
1971 Russ Peach Yarmouth 3–0 Simpkins Field [318][319]
1996 Eric Milton Orleans 2–0 Eldredge Park [159][320]
2006 Kris Dobrowiecki Bourne 5–0 Doran Park 8-inning game;
Combined
[171]
Sean Morgan
Brandon Copp
Sam Demel

Managerial history[edit]

H. Newton Marshall (left) managed the Falmouth Cottage Club team from 1913 to 1916. Dartmouth's Ralph Mendall (right) was team captain in 1913 and 1914.
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
H. Newton Marshall 1913–1916 4
Earl White 1917 1
Lewis E. Whiting 1918 1
Dave Morey 1919–1921 3
Byron H. Parker
Frank Silva
1923 1 1923
L.P. Jones
Harry B. Albro
1924 1
Arthur "Dutch" Ayer 1925 1
Chippy Gaw 1926 1
Curly Oden 1927–1928 2
Lynn Wells 1929–1930 2 1929
Asa Small 1930 1
Jack Walsh 1931–1936 6 1931, 1932, 1935
Bill Boehner 1937–1938 2 1938
Buzz Harvey 1939 1 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 1989–1990 2
Dan O'Brien 1991 1
Arthur "Ace" Adams 1992–1993 2
Harvey Shapiro 1994–1998 5
Jeff Trundy 1999–2022 23*

(*) - Season count excludes 2020 CCBL season cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic.

See also[edit]

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