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Clark C. Griffith Collegiate Baseball League

The Clark C. Griffith Collegiate Baseball League consists of recruited players who have remaining college eligibility. The CGL is designated as a Premier League by the National Baseball Congress and competes against other top Summer Leagues in the NBC World Series located in Wichita, KS. The CGL is a charter member of the AAABA and has won 10 national championships, including five of the last ten. Entering the 2009 season, more than 50 league alumni have reached the major leagues, including active players Mark Teixeira (New York Yankees), Jon Papelbon (Boston Red Sox) and Manny Burriss (San Francisco Giants), while more than 400 other players have gone on to play in the minor leagues.

AAABA National Champions 1947, 1956, 1960, 1962, 1986, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002

National Baseball Congress World Series 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008

NABF National Champions 1986, 1995

 

CLARK GRIFFITH LEAGUE BASEBALL FORMAT FOR 2009

2009 Teams (5): Carney Pirates, DC Grays, Fairfax Nationals, Vienna Senators, Southern Maryland Cardinals

League Champion
: Determined by best Record during the Regular Season

Scheduling Format
: Games run from June 5th through July 31st

2009 All Star Game: July 5th @ Waters Field in Vienna, VA– CGL All Stars vs. Maryland Collegiate League All Stars

2009 Jacobs Cup Tournament
: July 28-31

Jacobs Cup Format: Top four finishers in regular season standings qualify for double-elimination tournament.

Reg. Season Awards: Hitter of the Week and Pitcher of the Week. Chosen by the League office.

Postseason Awards: Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Batting Champion, All-CGL Team named. Chosen by head coaches. Top Prospects chosen by Baseball America. Top Prospects chosen by Perfect Game.

Post Season Berths
: League Champion earns a bid to the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, KS. AAABA bid in Johnstown, PA is allowed to the highest finishing team or Champion that is age eligible (20 and under) to qualify for that tournament.

CGL Commissioner: Rep.: Tom Davis

CGL Deputy Commissioner: Jay Lambert

2009 Current Major Leaguers that Played in the CGL:
Mark Teixiera - 1998, Jon Papelbon - 2000, John Maine - 2000, Cla Meredith - 2002 & 2003, Mike O’Connor -1999, Ryan Speier - 1999, Shawn Camp - 1996 & 1997, Jared Burton - 2000, Joe Saunders – 2000, Manny Burriss – 2003 & 2004, Jeff Baker - 2000, Bob McCrory - 2001, Aaron Laffey - 2003, Bobby Livingston - 2001

2009 Post season Tournament Dates: National Baseball Congress World Series: August 1st-15th, Wichita, KS, (Dumont Stadium)

AAABA National Tournament: Johnstown, PA (Point Stadium)

Eligible Players: To be eligible to play in the Clark Griffith Collegiate Baseball League, all players must be enrolled in an accredited NCAA school and have at least one year of remaining college eligibility. The equivalent of a rising college freshman is also eligible to play. Additionally, all players must be amateur as defined by NCAA rules.

 

 

 


History and Heritage

CGL has been in existence for over 60 years; it is one of the oldest and most established amateur summer baseball leagues in the nation.

CGL teams have won 12 national titles in tournaments sponsored by the All American Amateur Baseball Association (10) and the National Amateur Baseball Federation (2). More than 200 former CGL players
have gone on to play professional baseball, with 45 reaching the Major Leagues.

What Does CGL Have to Offer?

40 game schedule; plus 2 rounds of league playoffs. League Champion advances to national tournament in Johnstown, PA; League runner-up advances to national tournament in Cincinnati, OH.

League uses wood bats (hitters learn bat control; pitchers learn to hit spots).

Managers and coaches who:

  • played professionally;
  • are affiliated with professional baseball teams as scouts;
  • are collegiate coaches; or
  • have many years of coaching experience with college-age players.
  • Annual All-Star game at which League's most talented players can showcase their talent to professional scouts.

Excellent competition (CGL has great balance; every team is capable of beating every other team.)

Play before professional scouts (professional scouts are in attendance at almost every game).

Play on some of the best fields in the Washington-Baltimore area. This coming season, CGL will play at Hap Shuler Field (George Mason U.), Pfitzner Stadium (home of Prince William Cannons in the Carolina League), and other top fields.

Games handled by experienced college umpires.

Weekly publication of league statistics, including League leaders in major offensive and defensive categories.

"Player of the Week" selection.

Housing and well-paying jobs are provided to players from outside area.

A chance to spend a summer near the Nation's Capital, and to see the sights that make Washington, D.C. one of the premier places in the world to visit, such as...

  • The fireworks display on July 4th
  • The Capitol and White House
  • Historic monuments
  • The Air and Space Museum
  • Georgetown

Player Eligibility

To be eligible to play in the Clark Griffith Collegiate Baseball League, all players must be enrolled in an accredited NCAA school and have at least one year of remaining college eligibility.  The equivalent of a rising college freshman is also eligible to play.  Additionally, all players must be amateur as defined by NCAA rules.

What Players Have the Best Chance to be Offered a Contract to Play in CGL?

  • Division I players who will start for their college teams during the Spring season.
  • Players who have been drafted.