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The Cape Cod Baseball League

The Cape Cod Baseball League is undoubtedly the best known and most beloved sporting institution on the Cape, which is quite remarkable in itself considering the playing season lasts for less than two months each year.

While our own home town of Sandwich actually took part in the first ever Cape Cod League game in 1885, we don't currently have a home town team of our own to root for. The Cotuit Kettleers is our favorite team, not just because they're the closest, but because their ballpark at Lowell Park is one of the nicest.

But there are nine other town teams to root for located from Wareham to Orleans, offering a feast of old-fashioned traditional baseball entertainment that includes:

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Lowell Park in Cotuit - Home of the Kettleers

  • A 44 game regular season held between mid-June and early August
  • Two rounds of playoffs featuring the top six teams
  • An All-Star game that takes place at Fenway Park in Boston in late July
  • A 3-game Championship series to wind up the season in mid-August

  • If you long for the “good old days” of baseball's past, before steroids, agents and aluminum bats spoiled the game, the Cape Cod Baseball League is for you.

    The players are college kids, who stay with host families for the summer, working at local businesses and conducting youth clinics throughout the community. For some, it may be the last summer they ever spend as “regular kids” before the major league sports “machine” turns them into celebrities, because the Cape Cod League is most certainly a place to see stars on the rise.

    A succession of major league scouts attends the games, particularly the All-Star game, and in 2007, according to the league's publicity director John Garner, more than 1 in every six major league players had listed a stint in the Cape League on their resume.

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    Many Cape Cod League Players go on to Have Major League Careers

    Some have gone on to become major league stars, including Nomar Garciaparra, Mo Vaughn, Carlton Fisk and Jason Varitek, among others.

    But for a brief spell on Cape Cod, they're just regular college kids with big dreams and a love for the game. The fans share that love, and the intimacy of the ballparks where the games are played emphasizes the bond between fans and players that even minor league parks seem to have lost these days.

    Admission to the games is free, though donations are gratefully accepted, and crowds can number in the thousands.

    The all time attendance record is 10,000 (give or take) for a game at Veterans Field in Chatham between the Cape League All-Stars and members of the 2000 USA Olympic baseball team. A more common attendance figure would be in the 1,000-1,800 range.

    Follow this link for a brief introduction to the ten Cape Cod League baseball teams.

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