With summer in full swing, now is the best time to take in a baseball game. And while there are terrific professional ballparks scattered around the country, some of the best collegiate players can be found each summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL).

Every year from June until August, 10 teams in the CCBL draw crowds to stadiums across the Cape in Eastern Massachusetts. Many players go onto higher levels of success, with over 200 CCBL alumni currently playing in the Major Leagues, including stars Tim Lincecum and Evan Longoria.

The Cape League uses wooden bats, helping hitters prepare their swings for the rigors of professional baseball. In addition, during the season players participate in a home-stay program with families and often hold side jobs. This community integration, along with the relaxed game venues, makes the CCBL a haven for those interested in high-level amateur baseball.

Since every CCBL team is a non-profit organization, there are no direct ticket sales. Rather, teams ask for financial support through donations from fans in attendance, making games an affordable family option. Ball fields are located throughout Cape Cod, and each one has ample parking and low-cost concessions. And for those who cannot make it to the Cape this summer there is also the annual All-Star Game at Fenway Park in Boston, held this season on July 28th.

For more information and stadium directions visit the Cape League’s website .

Before you plan your trip to Cape Cod, be sure to check out both The Last Best League by Jim Collins and Baseball on Cape Cod (Images of Baseball) by Dan Crowley. Both provide an inside look at this premier collegiate summer league. There was also a movie released a few years back about the Cape League starring a former teen heartthrob. To save you some anguish I won’t state the title; I’ll just advise you to avoid it like a splitter diving into the dirt.

Ben Callaway

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