Cape Cod Baseball League – Notable Alumni

The list of famous Cape Cod Baseball alumni is pretty unbelievable. With over 1,000 Cape Cod League alumni making it to the pros, it’s definitely worth catching a game. Your chances of seeing a future star are extremely high! Nomar Garciaparra

  • This Cape Cod League alumni is currently an ESPN analyst but certainly had a long baseball career prior to this. During his college career at Georgia Tech, Nomar played for the Cape Cod Baseball Club on the Orleans Cardinals. This was the summer of 93’ and Nomar was merely a sophomore. As shortstop he made team MVP in the championship and had the 7th best hitting record that year with fifty hits and ten doubles.
  • Soon after his Cape Cod Summer, Nomar was selected as a first round draft pick for the Red Sox in 1994. Having played nine seasons with the Red Sox as well as playing for Oakland, LA, and Chicago, Nomar is one of the most successful Cape Cod League alumni. He even made history as one of the thirteen players in MLB history to hit two grand slams during a single game, and the only one to do it on his home field.

Jason Varitek

  • This Cape Cod baseball alumni played in the league for five summers on the Hyannis Mets. In 93’, Varitek won the league batting championship, MVP, and hit an impressive .371. Following his success with the Cape Cod Baseball Club, Varitek played for the Minnesota Twins and was later traded along with Derek Lowe to the Boston Red Sox in 1997. With five seasons on the Cape Cod league and an entire baseball career playing for the Red Sox, this cape cod league alumni was definitely loyal to Massachusetts.
  • Other achievements include being a 3-time All Star and Gold Glove Award winner as catcher. But possibly the most important moments of his baseball career were being part of two World Series Championship wins for the Red Sox in both 2004 and 2007.

Jacoby Ellsbury

  • During the summer of 2004, Jacoby was a serious competitor in the Cape Cod Baseball Club. Ellsbury stood out among his peers and was even named prospect #17 by Baseball America. It was that same summer that Ellsbury ventured into the city of Boston to check out a Sox game. Not only did he fall in love with the Sox and the atmosphere at the historic Fenway Park, he even bought a Red Sox cap and began wearing it for each game after the unforgettable Sox comeback against the Yankees in the playoffs.
  • Ellsbury was definitely on the Red Sox radar after having so much fame and success in the Cape League. His dream of playing for the Sox came true when he was drafted as their 23rd pick in 2005. Jacoby is the only red Sox player to become a member of the 30-30 club, having collected 30 home-runs and 30 stolen bases in one season. Ellsbury was also the winner of the Silver Slugger Award, Golden Glove Award, and was an American League MVP. Another proud moment was his participation on the 2007 World Series Championship team.

Carlton Fisk

  • Possibly the most classic member of the Cape Cod baseball alumni was Carlton Fisk. Fisk joined his older brother Calvin Fisk in the Cape Cod Baseball Club in the 1966 season. This Orleans player was a star of the league and even hit a home run at his first time at bat.
  • This member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame played for the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox. Fisk was the first player to be chosen as the American League Rookie of the year with a unanimous vote in 1972. He holds the record for the most years served behind the plate, with a 24-year career. Fisk had both of his uniform numbers retired, # 72 for the Red Sox in 1997 and # 27 for the White Sox in 2000.