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Cape Cod Baseball League

Cape Cod Baseball League - Chatham at Brewster
Fans watch as Brewster pitcher, Max Garner, delivers (Chatham Anglers vs. Brewster Whitecaps 7/6/2011)

Talk about a throwback...the Cape Cod Baseball League provides a rare opportunity to step back in time to experience America’s favorite pastime. The quintessential family experience, the premier college summer league provides fun and entertainment for every age, and admission is free. Where else can one take an entire family and be assured that all will have a great time, regardless of their age? The settings are idyllic and informal, most parks offering grassy hillsides from which to watch on blankets or beach chairs. The atmosphere is fun, intimate and laidback, with relaxed crowds just interested in having a fun time and watching great baseball.

Lest you think that this is rinky-dink baseball, the Cape League has graduated an impressive number of young college players who have gone on to Major League Baseball fame. In fact, 1 out of 7 players in the Major League started their careers playing in the Cape League, including 11 who were on the Boston Red Sox roster in 2009 (Jacoby Ellsbury, Kevin Youkilis, Mike Lowell, Jason Varitek, Mark Kotsay, Javier Lopez, Justin Masterson, Daniel Bard, Aaron Bates, Jason Bay, and pitching coach John Farrell). Other notable Red Sox players with Cape League origins include National Baseball Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk, Nomar Garciapara, Mo Vaughn, Lou Merloni and John Valentin. The very first Cape Leaguer to join the Red Sox was Babe Ruth’s roommate, friend and teammate, ‘Jumpin Joe’ Dugan back in 1922.

Cape Cod Baseball League
Catcher returning a ball from the first pitch

Formed on the Fourth of July way back in 1885, the Cape League today is where scouts for the Major Leagues come to see players, and players anticipate being seen by scouts. Adding to the appeal is that it’s a wood-bat league, another vestige of baseball in the past. Gone are the pings of metal bats in favor of the healthy-sounding thwacks from the traditional wooden ones. Also adding to the down-home, grassroots appeal of the League is the fact that it is supported by year round volunteers who help run the organization. And the players are even housed by residents on the Cape who open up their homes for the aspiring college players from June to August.

Wherever you find your Cape Cod rental, don't miss this opportunity to take in a ball game during your stay.

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About Becky Fischer

About Becky Fischer: I have worked for since 2003. Currently serving as Marketing Manager, my position entails collaborating on all print and social media marketing efforts as well as the company's valuable relationship with 17 local Chambers of Commerce. In addition, I provide photography, video, and consultation services to vacation rental homeowners, and have photographed over 300 homes on the Cape and Islands. My husband and three children moved to Brewster in 2006. I grew up outside of Boston, spent summer vacations on Nantucket, and was married in Orleans. My favorite activities on the Cape are walking on the CCRT, deep breaths at the beach, and working with my community to support the schools and local events.