One welcomed sight on the Cape this summer will be the return of the Cape Cod Baseball League for its 137th year! What better way to kick off the summer than with this classic tradition that has been the foundation of fun filled reunions for many families, friends, and sports fans?! Who knows, maybe you'll even meet a future Red Sox player from the roster filled with talented rising stars.
Players from the Cape Cod Baseball League recite James Earl Jones' "they will come" speech from the movie, Field of Dreams
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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.
The Cape Cod Baseball League is one of the high points of a Cape summer. Small, intimate ball parks, great local flavor, excellent baseball, and future MLB stars. These young college players aspire to develop from the Cape Cod Baseball League to MLB! It is exciting to watch.
Fans watch as Brewster pitcher, Max Garner, delivers (Chatham Anglers vs. Brewster Whitecaps)
Cape Cod Baseball League Schedule 2023
Opening Day for the 2023 Cape Cod Baseball League occurs on June 10th, 2023. All teams kick off the season with these matchups:
- Bourne at Brewster @ 5:00pm
- Chatham at Cotuit @ 5:00pm
- Dennis-Yarmouth at Harwich @ 5:30pm
- Orleans at Hyannis @ 6:00pm
- Wareham at Falmouth @ 6:00pm
View a full Cape Cod Baseball League 2023 schedule.
Where does the Cape Cod Baseball League play?
There are 10 total teams in the league which play their home games all across the cape starting with the Wareham Gateman before crossing the bridge and stretching out to the Lower Cape with the Orleans Firebirds.
Here is the full list of Cape Cod Baseball League teams, home field, and address:
|Bourne Braves||Doran Park||Upper Cape Tech, 220 Sandwich Road, Bourne |
|Cotuit Kettleers||Lowell Park||10 Lowell Avenue, Cotuit|
|Falmouth Commodores||Guv Fuller Field||790 Main Street, Falmouth|
|Hyannis Harbor Hawks||McKeon Field||120 High School Road, Hyannis|
|Wareham Gatemen||Clem Spillane Field||54 Marion Road at Viking Drive (Rt. 6E), Wareham|
|Brewster Whitecaps||Stony Brook School||384 Underpass Road, Brewster|
|Chatham Anglers||Veteran's Field||702 Main Street, Chatham|
|Harwich Mariners||Whitehouse Field||75 Oak Street, Harwich|
|Orleans Firebirds||Eldredge Park||78 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans|
|Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox||Red Wilson Field||D-Y Regional High School, 210 Station Avenue, South Yarmouth|
Lest you think that this is rinky-dink baseball, the Cape League has an impressive number of alumni who have participated as young college players and 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/manager
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.
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.
Cape Cod Baseball League Alumni of current Boston Red Sox
Catcher returning a ball from the first pitch
The most recent CCBL players whose dreams came true and made it to the bigs on our favorite team, the Boston Red Sox, include:
- David Price - Wareham 2004
- Jackie Bradley Jr. - Hyannis 2009
- Brock Holt - Cotuit 2009
- Matt Barnes - Wareham 2009
- Brandon Workman - Wareham 2009
- Stephen Wright - Orleans 2005
Other previous Red Sox include Travis Shaw (Bource 2010), Joe Kelly (Yarmouth-Dennis 2008), Ryan Hannigan (Orleans 2002) and John Farrell (Hyannis 1982).
Check out more with this cape cod baseball league infographic.
Which future stars will be on the field this summer?