There is really nothing that can replace the experience of catching a Cape Cod Baseball League game on a warm summer night. This collegiate baseball league has been going strong for over 130 years, first starting up in 1885. The CCBL is the premier collegiate summer baseball league, with many of the players going on to play professionally. In fact, one in every seven MLB players played in the Cape League as an amateur. In total, more than 1,100 players from Cape Cod League Baseball have made it to the MLB, and in 2016 297 CCBL alums played in the big leagues. Each individual team recruits players, not the league as a whole, and players hoping to participate are encouraged to visit this page.
The CCBL has 10 teams within 50 miles of each other. The teams are separated into two divisions (East and West) and will play a regular schedule of 44 games that is immediately followed by a eight team playoff bracket, with four teams from each division making the playoffs. The champions of the East and West division will then meet in a best-of-3 series to decide Arnold Mycock Award, given to the Cape League champion. A list of all former champions can be found here.
The CCBL relies so much on the community around them to make the league run smoothly. Each player in the league stays with a host family on the Cape, and sponsors for each club provide a lot of financial backing, as well donations to keep the league running. According to CCBL President Chuck Sturtevant, it takes over $200,000 per league to support a team, and it would not be possible without all of the help that they receive year in and year out. And the communities are re-paid with no admission price to the games. Fans may be asked for a donation at the door, but it is completely voluntary. Each team will sell concessions and merchandise at all games, and every field can accommodate thousands of fans.
Interns are a huge part of the Cape League, nearly every summer. Each team has their own interns and the CCBL offices will also have interns. Interns perform a multitude of duties, including: score-keeping, press release writing, public relations, photography, scouting, operations, social media and broadcasting. While the interns are usually unpaid, participating in the culture of the Cape Cod Baseball League gives students a huge advantage in their future career aspects. Longtime CCBL President Judy Walden Scarafile as well as Red Sox executive Dick Bresciani begin their careers as interns for the Cape League. The interns play an important role in the league succeeding each and every summer.
The Cape Cod Baseball League also has extensive media coverage through their season across various platforms. Fox College Sports telecasts a Cape Cod Baseball League Game of the Week to a national audience available to 60 million households. The network also broadcasts the CCBL All-Star, which can also be heard on WCAI and the Cape and islands NPR stations (90.1, 91.1, 94.3 FM). WEEI 96.3 Cape Cod broadcasts a Cape League Sunday Night Baseball Game of the Week throughout the season. Weekday morning CCBL updates can be heard everyday Monday-Friday during the season on 95.1 WXTK and 99.9 WQRC. Each team provides free internet videos for all their home games, which can be found here. There are also several active blogs and news outlets that cover the Cape League including, Cape Cod Times, Cod Ball and Right Field Fog.
If you want to read up on the history of the Cape Cod Baseball League, Baseball by the Beach (1998) by Christopher Price discusses the history in depth. Writer Jim Collins also shadowed the Chatham Anglers for a summer and wrote his book The Last Best League about the CCBL and it’s players. Other publications about the league include Baseball on Cape Cod (Images of Baseball) by Dan Crowley, Beach Chairs and Baseball Bats by Steve Weissman, and Cape Crusaders by Mike Thomas.
When on the Cape, it is easy to follow your favorite team, or even just catch a game on any given night. Every team is within a short driving distance of each other, with the longest trip to see a game being an hour drive across the picturesque Cape. Each field is historic and has a story to tell. Below you can find information for each team and field:
Field (Capacity): Doran Park (3,000)
Location: Upper Cape Tech, 220 Sandwich Road, Bourne
Field (Capacity): Stony Brook Field (3,000)
Location: 384 Underpass Road, Brewster
Field (Capacity): Veterans Field (8,000/2,000 seating)
Location: 702 Main Street, Chatman
Field (Capacity): Lowell Park (2,500/925 seating)
Location: 10 Lowell Avenue, Cotuit
Field (Capacity): Arnie Allen Diamond at Guy Fuller Field (8,000/1,000 seating)
Location: 790 Main Street, Falmouth
Field (Capacity): Whitehouse Field (4,000)
Location: Harwich High School, 75 Oak Street, Harwich
Hyannis Harbor Hawks
Field (Capacity): McKeon Park (3,000)
Location: 120 High School Road, Hyannis
Field (Capacity): Eldredge Park (6,000/400 Seating)
Location: 78 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans
Field (Capacity): Spillane Field (3,000)
Location: 54 Marion Road @ Viking Drive (Route 6E), Wareham
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox
Field (Capacity): “Red” Wilson Field (5,500)
Location: Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, 210 Station Avenue, South Yarmouth