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Cape Cod Baseball League
2007 Cape Cod Baseball League Season
Cape Cod Baseball League
Sport Baseball
Founded 1885
Motto Where the Stars of Tomorrow Shine Tonight
No. of teams 10
Country Flag of the United States United States
Current champions Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox
Official website Capecodbaseball.org

The Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) is an amateur baseball league located on Cape Cod in the U.S. state of Massachusetts, in which many college baseball stars play during the summer. Many future Major League Baseball players have started there during their college years; MLB has provided financial support to the Cape League for over 40 years. During the 2007 MLB season, 200 CCBL alumni played in the majors or were on injured reserve; additionally over 1000 CCBL alumni were playing in professional baseball.[1] The league is also notable for its continuing use of wooden bats. Because it draws top-tier college players, the level of play is often considered the equivalent of high-A Minor League Baseball. The CCBL Hall of Fame is being moved to the lower-level of the JFK Museum in Hyannis, Massachusetts for spring 2008.[2] The Cape Cod Baseball League is one of eight leagues in the National Alliance of Summer Baseball.[3]

The teams Edit

The Cape Cod League regular season starts in mid-June and runs through mid-August. The playoffs determine the East and West Division Champions, who then compete for the League Championship.

Division Team Town Home Field
West Bourne Braves Bourne Doran Park (at Barry J. Motta Athletic Complex, Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School)
Cotuit Kettleers Cotuit Lowell Park
Falmouth Commodores Falmouth Arnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field
Hyannis Harbor Hawks Hyannis McKeon Park (Pope John Paul II High School (Hyannis, Massachusetts))
Wareham Gatemen Wareham Clem Spillane Field (Wareham High School)
East Brewster Whitecaps Brewster Stony Brook Field (Stony Brook Elementary School)
Chatham Anglers Chatham Veteran's Field
Harwich Mariners Harwich Whitehouse Field (Harwich High School)
Orleans Cardinals Orleans Eldredge Park (Nauset Regional Middle School)
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox South Yarmouth Red Wilson Field (Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School)

Many of the teams in the Cape League are named after MLB teams, and the Hyannis Mets continue to receive their uniforms from the New York Mets.[4]

The Cape Cod League in popular culture Edit

The Cape Cod League was the setting for the 2001 Hollywood film Summer Catch. The 2003 documentary film Touching the Game by Jim Carroll chronicled the 2003 CCBL season and explored the league's history.

There are several books on the Cape League. Baseball by the Beach (ISBN 0-9719547-4-7) by Christopher Price was published in 1998 and discusses the league and its history. In 2002, writer Jim Collins followed the Chatham Athletics for the season and wrote The Last Best League (ISBN 0-306-81418-8) about the team and its players. Baseball on Cape Cod (Images of Baseball) (ISBN 0-7385-4508-7) by Dan Crowley has many photos of the early and modern Cape League eras. The 2004 novel Slider (ISBN 0-06-058033-X) by Patrick Robinson takes place in a Maine summer league, but is actually based on the Cape League. In 2005, Beach Chairs and Baseball Bats (ISBN 1-4196-0508-9) by author Steve Weissman and Cape Crusaders (ISBN 1-4137-6232-8) by author Mike Thomas were published. The latter focuses on player interviews, while the former goes behind the scenes of a typical Cape League season.

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