Greg Montalbano, who played for the Wareham Gatemen in 1998 and for the Orelans Cardinals in 1999, passed away on August 21, 2009 after a heroic battle against cancer. The game between Wareham & Orleans on July 31st at Eldredge Park in Orleans will be played in his honor.
A band concert beginning at 4:30pm will preceed the pregame game ceremonies honoring Greg Montalbano; all prior to the game between the Wareham Gatemen and the Orleans Firebirds that begins at 7:00pm. Please consider joining both organizations at one of the best settings in the Cape Cod Baseball League at Eldredge Park for this very special event in Orleans.
From the Wareham Gatemen media guide – Greg was diagnosed with testicular cancer during his freshman year at Northeastern University. Despite missing most of his sophomore year, he completed his college career with a 2.55 era, 217 strikeouts, a record of 19-7 and was recognized as one of the finest left-handed pitchers in the nation. Greg received the ECAC’s Award of Valor and the New England Hero Award from NU’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society – recognizing his struggle with adversity. Greg played for the Wareham Gatemen (1998) and the Orleands Cardinals (1999). He was a 5th round draft choice of the Boston Red Sox in 1999 and played for the Lowell Spinners, Sarasota Red Sox, Trenton Thunder and Portland Sea Dogs. In 2001 he was named Minor League Player of the Year for the Boston Baseball Sports Writers. Due to injuries, he was released by Boston but went on to play for the Worcester Tornadoes in the CanAm League. He continued to play even after learning that the cancer had returned in the form of a malignant tumor in his hip. In 2005, he was inducted into NU’s Hall of Fame. In 2006, Greg retired from the game he so loved.
During his fight with cancer, Greg assisted with numerous Jimmy Fund events, volunteered to speak to high school and college students about testicular cancer and was an assistant coach for his former St. John’s HS baseball team. Greg never stopped giving back. Greg’s sister, Kristen, said, “Greg had a way of connecting with people and putting them at ease. He could make you feel like you were the most important person in the world.”
Greg died just shy of his 32nd birthday on August 21, 2009. On August 22, 2009 at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox held a moment of silence for Greg with his photo on the jumbotron prior to the start of the game. This was an honor befitting a very special, caring individual who fought a brave battle against cancer through-out his adult life.
Greg will be remembered for his genuine kindness and giving nature – and his bright blue eyes, by the CCBL on July 31st during the game between Wareham and Orleans.
We would be thrilled to hear from all of Greg’s teammates from the 1998 Gatemen team and the 1999 Cardinals team. Wareham Gatemen players from 1998 and Orleans Cardinals players from 1999, please contact Tom Gay at 508 748-0287 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Horton at 508-255-2237