In the summer, Cape Cod becomes a vacation destination for people who want to enjoy the beautiful beaches, shop in seaside towns and taste fresh seafood. It also is a great place to watch amateur baseball. The Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL), founded in 1885, invites the best collegiate players from around the nation to participate in the three month summer league. Players live with host families, get jobs in their town to learn about the community and help teach baseball fundamentals to boys and girls.
Part of the fun of going to CCBL games is that you’re watching future major leaguers play in front of your eyes. In 2014, 276 CCBL alumni played throughout Major League Baseball (MLB). In fact, Dallas Keuchel, who played for the Wareham Gatemen in 2007-08, was selected to take part in MLB’s 2015 All-Star Game. But he’s not the only former Cape League player on the field. Josh Donaldson, Buster Posey, and Todd Frazier are a few of the other CCBL alumni that will be in Cincinnati for the midsummer classic next Tuesday.
So if you happen to be near Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Cotuit, Falmouth, Harwich, Hyannis, Orleans, Wareham or Yarmouth/Dennis this summer, check to see if there’s a game going on. You’ll never know which player you’ll see on TV in a few years.
Photo: Fans settle in to watch a CCBL Championship game in 2013. From the CCBL Facebook Page.