Play Ball

Falmouth Team in 1915 and 2014

Rob Duca

It has been said that you can look out onto a Cape Cod Baseball League field and believe it’s 1930. The Cape League traces its roots to 1885, and while much has changed in the past 100 years, much has remained the same. Admission is still free, fans set up lawn chairs to stake out coveted spots long before the first pitch, children scamper after foul balls and munch on hot dogs, and the lineup cards are handwritten on a sheet of paper and held down by a rock. The atmosphere is pure Americana.

The league’s early history consisted of local amateurs traveling from village to village. In 1963, the top collegiate players began flocking to the Cape, spawning what is now arguably the finest amateur summer baseball league in the country. Today, the 10-team league provides a steppingstone for players, while offering fans front-row seats to watch the stars of tomorrow in a relaxed and beautiful summer setting. There are more than 250 Cape League alums playing Major League Baseball, which is why you will see scouts with radar guns stationed behind home plate throughout the season.

And yet the future millionaires in uniform still roam the stands passing the hat for a 50-50 raffle and eagerly sign autographs for Little Leaguers – just as they might have done a century ago.

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