Cape Cod Baseball League
|Motto||Where the Stars of Tomorrow Shine Tonight|
|No. of teams||10|
|Wareham Gatemen (7th title)|
|Most titles||Cotuit Kettleers (16 titles)|
|Official website||Cape Cod Baseball League: Home|
The Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) is a collegiate summer baseball league located on Cape Cod in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Founded in 1885, the league was largely comprised of local and regional college players until 1963, when it became officially sanctioned by the NCAA. In 1985, the league moved away from the use of aluminum bats, and became the only collegiate summer league in the nation at that time to use wooden bats. This transition began a period of significant growth in the league's popularity and prestige among Major League Baseball (MLB) scouts, as well as among college players and coaches. The league continues to be one of the nation's premier collegiate summer leagues, receiving significant financial support from Major League Baseball, and boasting well over 1,000 alumni who have gone on to play in the major leagues. During the 2018 MLB season alone, 303 CCBL alumni played on major league teams.
The league's 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/village||Home field||Most recent championship|
|West||Bourne Braves||Bourne||Doran Park (at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School)||2009|
|Cotuit Kettleers||Cotuit||Lowell Park||2013|
|Falmouth Commodores||Falmouth||Arnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field||1980|
|Hyannis Harbor Hawks||Hyannis||McKeon Park (Pope John Paul II High School)||1991|
|Wareham Gatemen||Wareham||Clem Spillane Field (Wareham High School)||2018|
|East||Brewster Whitecaps||Brewster||Stony Brook Field (Stony Brook Elementary School)||2017|
|Chatham Anglers||Chatham||Veteran's Field||1998|
|Harwich Mariners||Harwich||Whitehouse Field (Monomoy Regional High School)||2011|
|Orleans Firebirds||Orleans||Eldredge Park (Nauset Regional Middle School)||2005|
|Yarmouth–Dennis Red Sox||South Yarmouth||Red Wilson Field (Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School)||2016|
At one time, six of the teams in the Cape League shared their names with Major League Baseball (MLB) teams. However, in late 2008 MLB announced that it would enforce its trademarks, and required teams to either change their names or buy their uniforms and merchandise only through licensed vendors. MLB could not enforce the "Mariners" trademark against the Harwich Mariners because that team predated the 1977 Major League Baseball expansion and the entry of the Seattle Mariners into MLB. Three other teams eventually changed their names. First, in 2009, the Chatham Athletics became the "Anglers", and the Orleans Cardinals became the "Firebirds". In March 2010 the Hyannis Mets joined the Anglers and Firebirds, changing their team name to "Harbor Hawks". The Bourne Braves and Yarmouth–Dennis Red Sox chose to use MLB licensees for their merchandise.
Pre-modern teams on Cape Cod
- Orleans Pants Factory
- Sandwich Athletics
- Harwich team
- West Falmouth team
- Chatham team
- Cottage Club
- Mashpee team
- Orleans team
- Barnstable Townies
- Bourne Canalmen – predecessors to the Bourne Braves
- Sagamore Clouters – another Bourne team
- North Truro Blue Sox – a team of men from the North Truro Air Force Station
- Provincetown Longpointers
Annual Award Winners
Outstanding Pro Prospect Award
- 1976 – Steve Taylor, RHP
- 1976 – Bobby Sprowl, LHP
- 1977 – Steve Balboni, 1B
- 1977 – Brian Denman, RHP
- 1978 – Bill Schroeder, C
- 1979 – Ross Jones, OF
- 1980 – Ron Darling, RHP
- 1981 – Wade Rowdon, SS
- 1982 – Gary Kanwisher, RHP
- 1983 – Cory Snyder, SS
- 1984 – Mike Loggins, OF
- 1985 – John Ramos, C
- 1986 – Cris Carpenter, RHP
- 1987 – Robin Ventura, 3B
- 1988 – Chuck Knoblauch, SS
- 1989 – Tyler Green, RHP
- 1990 – Doug Glanville, OF
- 1991 – Derek Wallace, RHP
- 1992 – Billy Wagner, LHP
- 1993 – Chris Clemons, RHP
- 1994 – Dave Shepard, RHP
- 1995 – Josh Paul, OF
- 1996 – Matt Anderson, RHP
- 1997 – Kip Wells, RHP
- 1998 – Kyle Snyder, RHP
- 1999 – Mark Teixeira, 3B
- 2000 – Bob Brownlie, RHP
- 2001 – Russ Adams, 2B
- 2002 – Wes Whisler, 1B
- 2003 – Wade Townsend, RHP
- 2004 – Chris Charette, SS
- 2005 – Andrew Miller, LHP
- 2006 – Matt Wieters, C
- 2007 – Aaron Crow, RHP
- 2008 – Grant Green, SS
- 2009 – Todd Cunningham, OF
- 2010 – Tony Zych, RHP
- 2011 – Victor Roache, OF
- 2012 – Sean Manaea, LHP
- 2013 – Max Pentecost, C
- 2014 – Phil Bickford, RHP
- 2015 – Nick Senzel, 2B
- 2016 – Michael Gigliotti, OF
- 2017 – Griffin Conine, OF
- 2018 – J. J. Bleday, OF
Hall of Fame and Museum
The CCBL Hall of Fame and Museum is a history museum and hall of fame honoring past players, coaches, and others who have made exceptional contributions to the success of the CCBL. Since its inaugural class in 2000, the hall of fame has held annual inductions of new members, enshrining over 160 members to date. In 2008, the hall of fame and museum opened to the public at its location in the lower level of the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum in Hyannis, Massachusetts. In 2017, it moved from this location, and is currently awaiting the completion of its new home within the planned Total Athletics of Cape Cod sports training facility in Hyannis.
Inductees (by year):
- 2000 - Dick Bresciani; Bill Enos; Mike Flanagan; Ed Lyons; Lennie Merullo; Thurman Munson; Arnold Mycock; Jeff Reardon; Danny Silva; Frank Thomas; Mo Vaughn; Red Wilson
- 2001 - Cal Burlingame; Fred Ebbett; Darin Erstad; Chuck Knoblauch; Tony Plansky; Terry Steinbach; Robin Ventura
- 2002 - Curly Clement; Ron Darling; Russ Ford; Nomar Garciaparra; George Greer; George Karras; Bernie Kilroy; Bill Livesey; Paul Mitchell; Buck Showalter; Dick Sullivan; Jason Varitek
- 2003 - Ed Baird; Sean Casey; Joe Jabar; Noel Kinski; Jack McCarthy; Carlos Pena; Jim Perkins; Ron Perry Jr.; Judy Walden Scarafile; Cory Snyder; Pat Sorenti
- 2004 - Roy Bruninghaus; Bob Butkus; John Caniera; Will Clark; Pat Hope; Eric Milton; Jim Norris; Don Reed; Dave Staton; Tello Tontini
- 2005 - Mike Curran; Bobby Kielty; Mickey Morandini; Sam Nattile; Pat Pacillo; Manny Pena; Jack Sanford; Tim Teufel; John Thoden; Ken Voges
- 2006 - Steve Balboni; Rick Currier; Steve Duda; Jim Hubbard; Ross Jones; Greg Lotzar; Lance Niekro; Josh Paul; Allen (Buzzy) Wilcox
- 2007 - Del Bender; Scott Hemond; Dick Licini; John Morris; Steve Saradnik; Bob Schaefer; Walt Terrell; Jack Walsh
- 2008 - Derrick DePriest; Bob Hansen; Jeff Innis; Robert A. McNeece; Matt Murton; Roche Pires; Ben Sheets; Mike Stenhouse
- 2009 - Mark Angelo; John Awdycki; Zane Carlson; Lou Lamoriello; Joe “Skip” Lewis; Joe Magrane; Art Quirk; Bill Schroeder; Pie Traynor; Greg Vaughn
- 2010 - David Aardsma; Casey Close; Jack Cressend; Peter Ford; Wayne Granger; Tom Grieve; Mike Loggins; Lou Merloni; Steve Robbins; Tom Weir
- 2011 - David Bush; Doug Fisher; Scott Kamieniecki; Mike Lowell; Paul O'Neill; Mark Smith; Eric Wedge; Bill Wissler
- 2012 - John “Jack” Aylmer; Billy Best; John Carroll; Dan DeMichele; Danny “Deacon” MacFayden; Andrew Miller; Laurin “Pete” Peterson; Jim Sherman
- 2013 - Garrett Atkins; Daniel Carte; Merrill Doane; Ed Drucker; Mickey O'Connor; Jim Prete; Ryan Speier; Matt Wieters
- 2014 - Eric Beattie; Phil Corddry; Sam Fuld; Donald Hicks Sr.; Bob St. Pierre
- 2015 -
- 2016 - J.C. Holt; Warner Jones; Jim McCollom; Mark Petkovsek; Kyle Roller; Kolten Wong
- 2017 - Joey Cora; Dennis Long; Justin Masterson; Tim McIntosh; Steve Newell; Jeremy Sowers; Chuck Sturtevant; Tom Yankus
- 2018 - Arthur "Ace" Adams; Barbara Ellsworth; Peter Gammons; Craig Hansen; John Schiffner; Mark Sweeney
- 2019 - Paul Galop; Conor Gillaspie; Brad Linden; Chris Overman; Scott Pickler; Kyle Schwarber; Shaun Seibert; Nick Zibelli
In popular culture
- Baseball by the Beach (ISBN 0-9719547-4-7) by Christopher Price was published in 1998 and discusses the league and its history.
- The Cape Cod League was the setting for the 2001 Hollywood film Summer Catch, directed by Michael Tollin and starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Jessica Biel, and Matthew Lillard.(
- In 2002, writer Jim Collins followed the Chatham Athletics (now the Chatham Anglers) for the season and wrote The Last Best League (ISBN 0-306-81418-8) about the team and its players.
- The 2003 documentary film Touching the Game by Jim Carroll chronicled the 2003 CCBL season and explored the league's history.
- Baseball on Cape Cod (Images of Baseball) (ISBN 978-0-7385-3508-1) (2004) 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.
- In 2015, Showtime's 60 Minutes Sports aired a feature on the CCBL.
- "Welcome Page". capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
- Cape Cod Baseball League Sponsors
- "CCBL Alumni in MLB". capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
- PointStreak.com – Schedule
- "Cape Cod Baseball League Archives".
- Katie Thomas (October 24, 2008). "In Cape Cod League, It's Tradition vs. Trademark". New York Times. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
- 2010 Article Archived 2011-06-17 at the Wayback Machine
-  About Jack Aylmer, former player on the Barnstable Townies who founded the Hyannis Mets
- Cape League Championships
- Cape League Championships
- Baseball Reference – Steve Taylor page
- Baseball Reference – Gary Kanwisher page
- Baseball Reference – Mike Loggins page
- Baseball Reference – David Shepard page
- Baseball Reference – Bobby Brownlie page
- "Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame". capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
- "Summer Catch". IMDB. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
- Touching the Game website
- "S2015, E5 - 60 MINUTES SPORTS". sho.com. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
- Cape Cod Baseball League
- Cape Cod Times Cape League home page[permanent dead link]
- Cape League Insider Blog
- CodBall: Unofficial Blog of the CCBL
- Right Field Fog
- The College Baseball Blog: Cape Cod League Coverage
- Touching the Game: The Story of the Cape Cod Baseball League DVD
- Collegiate Summer Baseball Register