SPORTS

Cranberry League is back to baseball

By Greg Lane, June 27, 2020

The Cranberry Baseball League, which uses the area’s best amateur, collegiate and former professional players, is back to the field on July 7th.

 

The league tryout will be today at Rockland Veterans Memorial Stadium.  More attention will be on the league with the Cape Cod League and other sports canceled this summer.  

 

The league provides some of the best baseball on the South Shore.  In fact the motto for the league on its website is “Excellence in Amateur Baseball Since 1960.”

The fans like the old school part of the league where they can go to their local field that houses a team and watch and enjoy a quality baseball game for nothing.

 

“We aren’t in this to make money like the collegiate leagues are.  Nobody in our organization makes a dime.  It’s about the baseball,” League President Joe Paolucci once opined to sports reporters.  “That was Connie Spillane’s vision when he founded the league in 1960.”  

 

Since its inception in 1960, the Cranberry Baseball League has provided a venue for the area’s best amateur, collegiate and former professional players.  It is a “wooden bat” league.  The league is a member of the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC) and competes in the "Stan Musial" Division.  2020 marks the 61st Season for the CBL.

 

Originally founded by Connie Spillane, who passed away in November 2003.  Connie was a driving force behind amateur baseball on the South Shore for over 70 years.  The League currently consists of eight teams in a geographical area that the South Shore, Cape and South Coast.  Four teams are based in our area.  The level of competition has been and continues to be extremely high. 

Greg Lane can be reached at greg@hinghamcurrent.com.