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Cape Cod Baseball League

Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod Baseball League
Fans watch as Brewster pitcher, Max Garner, delivers (Chatham Anglers vs. Brewster Whitecaps)

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.

Cape Cod Baseball League Schedule 2019

Opening Day for the 2019 Cape Cod Baseball League occurs on June 10, 2019. All teams kick off the season with these matchups:

  • Yarmouth-Dennis at Cotuit @ 5:00pm
  • Harwich at Falmouth @ 6:00pm
  • Chatham at Hyannis @ 6:00pm
  • Brewster at Wareham @ 6:45pm
  • Bourne at Orleans @ 7:00pm

View a full Cape Cod Baseball League 2019 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:

Team Home Field Address
Bourne BravesDoran ParkUpper Cape Tech, 220 Sandwich Road, Bourne
Cotuit KettleersLowell Park10 Lowell Avenue, Cotuit
Falmouth CommodoresGuv Fuller Field790 Main Street, Falmouth
Hyannis Harbor HawksMcKeon Field120 High School Road, Hyannis
Wareham GatemenClem Spillane Field54 Marion Road at Viking Drive (Rt. 6E), Wareham
Brewster WhitecapsStony Brook School384 Underpass Road, Brewster
Chatham AnglersVeteran's Field702 Main Street, Chatham
Harwich MarinersWhitehouse Field75 Oak Street, Harwich
Orleans FirebirdsEldredge Park78 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans
Yarmouth-Dennis Red SoxRed Wilson FieldD-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.

Field of Dreams

Watch as some of the players from the Cape Cod Baseball League recite James Earl Jones' "they will come" speech from the movie, Field of Dreams. Read more about the remaking of this field of dreams speech

Cape Cod Baseball League Alumni of current Boston Red Sox

Brewster Whitecaps catching returning a ball after the first pitch in a Cape Cod Baseball League game
Catcher returning a ball from the first pitch

In honor of Opening Day for the Sox this year, we complied a list of CCBL players whose dreams came true. These baseball idols made it to the bigs, and are currently on our favorite team!

  • 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?

About Becky Fischer

About Becky Fischer: I have worked for WeNeedaVacation.com 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.