Connected to the Wareham Gatemen from 1937 to 1966, former player, field manager and general manager Steve Robbins took his place in the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame after being honored at the Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, MA during ceremonies yesterday.
Robbins was among a Hall of Fame Class that included David Aardsma (Falmouth), Casey Close (Harwich), Jake Cressend (Cotuit), Peter Ford (Harwich), Wayne Granger (Sagamore), Tom Grieve (Chatham), Lou Merloni (Bourne/Cotuit) and Tom Weir (Chatham). All of these deserving honorees will be honored by a plaque at the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame that is located at the JFK Museum in Hyannis, MA.
Robbins, 97 years old, was presented by former player Gerry Cunniff during the ceremony. This longtime Wareham general manager and field manager had the misfortune to head the Wareham franchise during a period when the organization suffered from severe financial woes and lack of community interest. But it was his efforts that kept the franchise alive as he successfully lobbied for lights at Clem Spillane Field and eventually delivered a viable team to a new John Wylde-led organization, which transformed the Gatemen into one of the Cape League’s premier franchises. Steve began as a player in 1937, and as field manager and GM, he brought the team into the Upper Cape League in 1946, serving as the league secretary at one time. He represented the town and team in the 1963 merger which formed the Cape League as we know it today.
Continuing as field manager and GM, he helped develop many outstanding players from the local area and was a successful recruiter while also working diligently to build a fan base. He believed that night baseball was the key to success and, after leading a failed attempt in 1957, he finally succeeded in 1964. Steve retired as Wareham GM in 1966.