About and History

We are the Hyannis Harbor Hawks

The Hyannis Harbor Hawks, formerly the Hyannis Mets, are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Hyannis, Mass. The team is a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League and plays in the league's Western Division. Hyannis currently plays its home games at McKeon Park, which opened for play in 1979. The team is owned and operated by the non-profit Hyannis Athletic Association and, like other Cape League teams, are funded through merchandise sales, donations and other fundraising efforts at games such as 50/50 raffles.

Our history

The Harbor Hawks were formed in 1976, as the Mets, with the help of former state senator Jack Aylmer after the Bourne Canalmen ceased operations in 1972. The team finished in fourth place in the eight-team Cape League that season and qualified for the playoffs, losing to the Chatham Athletics in the semifinals in two games. They were named the Mets because the founders thought that it might lead to financial support from the New York Mets. This never happened.

In only their third year in the league, Hyannis finished the 1978 season with a 31-11 record, the best in the league. The Mets eliminated the Orleans Cardinals in the semifinals, 3-2, and ultimately defeated the Harwich Mariners, 3-1, in the championship series to win the league crown. Hyannis repeated the feat in 1979 after finishing the regular season with 33 wins, a single-season record which still stands today. That team again defeated Harwich in the championship series in four games to become the first team to defend its Cape League title since the 1975 Cotuit Kettleers.

The Mets reached the playoffs five times in the 1980s, reaching the championship series twice in 1982 and 1989. Hyannis would be swept both times, losing to Chatham in 1982 and to the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in 1989. Hyannis would once again claim the Cape League title in 1991, when the club swept Chatham in two games to claim the championship. Though the Mets would return to the postseason in 1993, they were promptly swept by the Wareham Gatemen, 2-0. The Mets saw some success early in the 21st century, finishing in second place in the Western Division three times, in 2000, 2003 and 2004. Hyannis would reach the championship series one of those years, in 2000, where they were swept by the Brewster Whitecaps.

In March 2010, it was announced that the Mets would be changing their name to Harbor Hawks. In doing so, the Harbor Hawks became the third Cape Cod Baseball League team to change their name since 2008.

The Osprey Nest: the best seat at McKeon Park