The Wareham Gatemen will take the field for the first time in 2013 in an exhibition game vs. the Newport Gulls from the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Former Harvard Head Coach & Gatemen assistant coach Joe Walsh, who suddenly passed away last summer, will be honored in pregame ceremonies that will begin at 5:15 at Spillane Field. The ceremony will conducted by Boston radio peronality Pete Sheppard.
The defending Cape Cod Baseball League Champion Gatemen will welcome the defending New England Collegiate Baseball League champion Newport Gulls to Spillane Field and first pitch is scheduled at 6:00pm.
Joe Walsh, Varsity Head Baseball Coach at Harvard University, died suddenly at his home in New Hampshire at the age of 58 in July of 2012. The Wareham Gatemen have had a long relationship with Harvard that began with CCBL Hall of Famer and Harvard graduate John Wylde; the longtime Gatemen President & GM who died in 2009. Walsh cemented that relationship during his tenure as pitching coach for the Gatemen and it was while he was in Wareham that Joe Walsh was named the Head Coach at Harvard where he remained for 17 years.
Mr. Walsh had a long connection with the Cape Cod Baseball League that started in 1988 as the first head coach of the Brewster Whitecaps. He would work with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox before settling in with the Wareham Gatemen from 1991 through 1998 as pitching coach under legendary CCBL coach Don Reed. Coach Walsh helped the Gatemen win back to back championships in 1994 and 1997. Even after his years on the Cape, he continued to be involved with the league by directing the CCBL Frank Finn Invitational Tryout at Spillane Field for years.
He sent many players to the Gatemen while at Harvard; such as former CCBL Pitcher of the Year Ben Crockett in 2001, CCBL All-Star Pitcher Max Perlman, INF Steffan Wilson, INF Jeff Reynolds, C Tyler Albright, OF Tom Stack-Babich, OF Morgan Brown, LHP Brent Suter and OF Lance Salsgiver.
After 15 as head coach at his alma mater, Suffolk University, it was in 1996 he was named Head Coach at Harvard. His combined record as a college coach was 569-564-3 and he won 5 Ivy League Championships with the Crimson. His most impressive season at Harvard was in 1998 where his team finished 24th in the national rankings, won a school record 32 games and made a successful run in the NCAA Regionals.
Joe Walsh is survived by his wife Sandra and four daughters Tory, Holly, Katie and Kasey.