Welcome to the official web site of the Cape Cod Baseball League
and the 2012 Cape League season.
The premier amateur baseball league in the nation since 1885, the Cape League embarks this June on one of its most exciting slates to date including the Open CCBL Tryout, the annual Cape League All-Star game returns to the Cape with Harwich hosting the event, a 44 game regular season with quarter, semi and championship two out of three game series and even more memorabilia at the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame exhibit at the JFK Museum, Hyannis .
The 2011 CCBL Champion Harwich Mariners defeated Falmouth to win
the Cape League Championship title.
photo by Bob Prew 2011
Join us in Opening Day ceremonies as the Cape League schedule opens with five games on Thursday 14 June 2012.
Exciting changes and additions also await Cape League fans on the league’s new official web site. Now entering its eleventh season offering free, daily updated statistics to fans and media alike, the web site last season had more than one million pageviews and over 300,000 visits.
An expanded archives section, including access to more than 200,000 high quality photographs from the 2000 - 2011 seasons by SportsPix, printable game schedules. An analysis Cape League alumni shows 250 CCBL Alumni In the Majors 2011. One in seven current MLB players played in the Cape League. In the June 2011 First-Year Player Draft, 258 CCBL alumni were drafted, with 13 CCBL alumni players chosen in the first and supplementary rounds.
To navigate around the web site, please note the links on the home page are only the beginning. Links to each of the Cape League's 10 franchise team web sites, camp and clinic information, up-to-the hour press releases and original stories, dozens of photo archive pages from seasons past and much more await those who simply can't get enough of the premier college baseball circuit in the nation.
The Cape Cod Baseball League celebrates its 128th season in 2012 and continues to provide fans with competitive baseball entertainment, where the country’s top college players display multi-dimensional skills in their purest form.
After being populated mostly by GI’s returning from World War I in 1919 and WW II in the late 1940’s, the CCBL continued to be populated by a combination of local and regional college players until 1963, when it became officially sanctioned by the NCAA.
Following a decade (1974-84) of using aluminum bats, the Cape League became the first collegiate summer league to return to wood in 1985 and became even more popular with major league scouts and college players and coaches.
With over 1,000 alumni performing at all levels of professional baseball in 2010, a record total 236 former Cape Leaguers populate major league rosters, including Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (Harwich ’05), slugging first baseman Mark Texeira (Orleans ’99), AL Manager of the YearEric Wedge (Yarmouth-Dennis ’88), AL Comeback Player of the Year Carlos Pena (Harwich ‘96/Wareham ’97) former Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito (Wareham ’97 & ’98), former AL MVPFrank Thomas (Orleans ’88), former AL batting champion Nomar Garciaparra (Orleans ’93), former NL Fireman of the Year Billy Wagner (Brewster ‘92) and New York Yankees manager Joe Giardi(Cotuit '84).
The list of Cape League all time alumni in MLB totals more than 830 names, including those of Baseball Hall of Famer Harold “Pie” Traynor (Falmouth ’19), former New York Yankee greats Red Rolfe (Orleans ’30) and Thurman Munson (Chatham ’67), Major League managers Bobby Valentine(Yarmouth ’67) and Buck Showalter (Hyannis ’76), Cy Young Award winners Steve Stone (Chatham ’68) and Mike Flanagan (Falmouth ’72), Firemen-of-the-Year Wayne Granger (Sagamore ’62) andJeff Reardon (Cotuit ’74-76), Major League scout Lennie Merullo (Barnstable ’35), slugging first baseman Jeff Bagwell (Chatham ’87-’88) and Craig Biggio (Y-D ’86), the only former Cape Leaguer to amass over 3,000 hits in the major leagues.
The Cape League is recognized as the best amateur summer leagues in the country by college coaches, as well as professional baseball scouts. Players from around the USA and all college divisions are recruited to play in the ten-team loop.
Seeing your favorite team is never a problem. Teams are located in Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Cotuit, Falmouth, Harwich, Hyannis, Orleans, Wareham, and Yarmouth-Dennis. The Cape League relies on communities for their support.
From housing and jobs for the players, to volunteer work within the league itself, the league could not enjoy its growing success without a total team effort. The hard work by each franchise pays off, as the ultimate reward is to see the stars of tomorrow take the field on Cape Cod today.