CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Two local baseball organizations will honor Joe Walsh, the late Harvard baseball coach, during games in June. The Cape Cod Baseball League's Wareham Gatemen will host "Joe Walsh Day" June 9 and the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association has named its June 4 all-star game in Walsh's honor.
The Gatemen will take on the Newport Gulls Sunday, June 9 at Spillane Field at 6 p.m. with pregame festivities beginning at 5:30 p.m., including a raffle and flyover.
The NEIBA Joe Walsh All-Star Game will be played Monday, June 3 at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass., at 7 p.m. The annual game will include Walsh's name going forward.
Walsh passed away this past July after serving 17 years as the head baseball coach at Harvard. In his self-proclaimed "dream job," Walsh led the Crimson to five Ivy League titles and five appearances in the NCAA tournament. His teams won the Red Rolfe Division on eight occasions and compiled 347 wins during his time in Cambridge.
His involvement in the game reached much farther than Harvard, as he also ran camps and clinics throughout New England and coached in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Walsh coached on the Cape as far back as 1988, when he was the head coach of the Brewster Whitecaps, and also served as the pitching coach for the Wareham Gatemen from 1991 to 1998.