The Wareham Gatemen are part of the Cape Cod Baseball League, the nations premier-amateur summer league. Our purpose is to present a challenge and opportunity that will help mature young men into better baseball players. Not only are we committed to our players, we are also largely involved throughout our community.
Players get to experience living along the 54 breathtaking miles of coastline, playing baseball in refreshing ocean air, and enjoying the summer life style on the Cape. Our players live with host families who encourage them to work hard but have fun. As a team we are thankful and honored to have such support which allows our team to enjoy playing with top of the line equipment as well as professional elite coaching. So please, on behalf of all of us Gatemen, come enjoy and become part of the fantastic organization.
Wareham, is located on Buzzards Bay and is situated just west of the Cape Cod Canal. It has approximately 20,000 year-round residents and sees its population swell to more than 46,000 during the summer months. Wareham is comprised of the villages of Wareham, East Wareham, West Wareham and Onset. The area’s early industries were ship building, whaling and most notably manufacturing. Because of iron ore rich swamplands, Tremont Nail Company began the manufacture of nails beginning in 1822. Over the decades, Wareham has seen its industry shift from manufacturing of products to the growing of cranberries. Recreation and tourism also play a vital role in Wareham’s present day economy. Boating, fishing, shell fishing, golf and of course the area beaches attract many families during the summer months. Small shops as well as chain department stores and restaurants can be found along main street and in designated commercial areas. Wareham is also very lucky to have Tobey Hospital, part of the Southcoast Health family, located in downtown just minutes away from Spillane Field.
John Wylde was the longtime President and General Manager of the Gatemen Organization. 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. In 2007, Wylde was inducted into the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Hall of Fame. On June 13, 2008, the Cape Cod Baseball League and the Wareham Gatemen honored him during special ceremonies. John Wylde was, and still is, a great influence on the Gatemen organization. A 2009 Boston Globe article captures what John Wylde meant to so many…. >>Globe Article <<