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Cape Cod was a landmark for early explorers of the North American coast. Champlain visited and charted the harbors in 1609, while Captain John Smith marked it on his map in 1614. Before landing on the mainland, the Pilgrims stopped at the present site of Provincetown in November, 1620, where they drew up the Mayflower Compact.Whaling prospered in the 18th century. In the 19th century, cranberry growing became popular.


Because of its exposed location, Cape Cod was visited by many early explorers. Although clear-cut evidence is lacking, the Vikings may have sighted this land about 1,000 years ago. It was visited by Samuel de Champlain in 1605, and his detailed descriptions and charts have helped present-day scientists to determine the rate of change of Nauset Beach Spit and Nauset marsh. Bartholomew Gosnold, a lesser known explorer, settle for a short time on the Elizabeth Islands to the southwest of Woods Hole and gave Cape Cod its name in 1602.

Figure 1: (Click for larger image)
Index map of Cape Cod and the
Islands, Massachusetts

The Pilgrims first landed in America on the tip of lower Cape Cod after they were turned back from their more southerly destination by shoals between Cape Cod and Nantucket Island. On Cape Cod, they found potable water and food and had their first fight with the natives. The Pilgrims, however, decided that this land was too sandy to support them, and they sailed across Cape Cod Bay to establish Plymouth. Today, the natural landscape of Cape Cod is little changed. Small villages are separated by large areas of forest, dune, beach, and marsh. This unspoiled natural beauty makes Cape Cod one of the most favored vacation areas for the people living in the thickly settled northeastern States.

The Great Ice Age (called the Pleistocene Epoch) began about one and a half million years ago. It is characterized by great ice sheets that advanced into the temperate regions of the Earth many times. These events are called glacial stages. Each glacial stage was accompanied by a worldwide lowering of sea level, because the glacial ice was made from water evaporated from the ocean basins. When these continental ice sheets melted away, during interglacial stages, the climate and sea level were probably much like they are today. In fact, many scientists believe that the Earth is presently in an interglacial stage and that ice sheets will once again advance into the temperate regions of the globe. If previous interglacial stages are used as an example, it suggests that the present interglacial is near its end and a new ice age is about to begin. However, man-induced global warming may alter this somewhat.

As the last continental ice sheets melted away, the water returned to the ocean basins and sea level rose. Eventually, on Cape Cod, the rising sea began to drown the land left behind by the ice. Waves attacked the shore and eroded the glacial deposits. The sand was transported and redeposited by waves and currents to form bays protected from the open ocean by barrier spits and barrier islands. In the bays, marshes grew as the sea rose. The remaining glacial landforms and the landforms created by the rise in sea level make up today's landscape.

Glacial Cape Cod

The geologic history of Cape Cod mostly involves the advance and retreat of the last continental ice sheet (named the Laurentide after the Laurentian region of Canada where it first formed) and the rise in sea level that followed the retreat of the ice sheet. On Cape Cod, these events occurred within the last 25,000 years, and many can be dated by using radiocarbon techniques.

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Figure 2: The continental ice sheet advanced across Cape Cod to the islands about 23,000 years ago. Its maximum advance is marked today by gravel deposits on the continental shelf and by the outwash plains and moraines on the Islands.

Figure 3. Moraines and heads of outwash plains on Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod mark positions of the ice front during retreat. They also define lobes of the Laurentide ice sheet. The relationship between the deposits and lobes can be seen in this figure.

Figure 4. Up ice aerial view of the Greenland icecap. This may have been the kind of view one would have seen flying over Cape Cod about 19,000 years ago (photo by J. H.. Hartshorn).

Sometime after 23,000 years ago, the glacier reached its maximum advance, a position marked approximately by the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard (Fig. 2). The ice sheet was characterized by lobes (Fig. 3) that occupied large basins in the bedrock surface. These lobes were responsible for the location and overall shape of Cape Cod and the islands. Thus, the western side of Cape Cod was formed by the Buzzards Bay lobe, the middle part by the Cape Cod Bay lobe, and the lower or outer Cape by the South Channel lobe, which occupied a deep basin to the east of the Cape. During the maximum ice advance the landscape, where Cape Cod was soon to be, was glacial ice to the horizon (Fig. 4).

Within a few thousand years or possibly less, the ice sheet started to retreat rapidly, and by 18,000 years ago, it had retreated away from Cape Cod and into the Gulf of Maine, which lies to the east and to the north of the Cape. Thus the retreat of the ice from the islands to a position north of Cape Cod may have taken only a few thousand years. By roughly 15,000 years ago, the ice had retreated from the Gulf of Maine and all of southern New England.

Figure 5. Ice contact deposits of the Alaskan Malaspina Glacier. Till, boulders, and sand and gravel are underlain by the irregular surface of melting ice. Silt and clay are being deposited in ponds that occupy depressions in the ice surface (photo by J. H.. Hartshorn).

The rock debris deposited by glaciers is called drift. It overlies bedrock that is similar to the hard rock that crops out throughout the rest of New England. On Cape Cod, the bedrock is buried by glacial deposits ranging from more than 200 to more than 600 feet thick. Drift consists of very fine to very coarse rock debris. If unstratified and unsorted, it is called glacial till. Till is deposited directly by ice and is unsorted because ice cannot separate rock fragments of different sizes. Thus, it is a mixture of all sizes of rock debris ranging from clay-sized particles to very large boulders. Stratified drift, on the other hand, is deposited by water which can separate the different sizes of rock fragments. The rock fragments are deposited in layers called strata. Gravel and sand are sorted and stratified by meltwater flowing in streams draining the glacier. The clay and silt-sized particles are carried by the meltwater streams into quiet water (glacial lakes or the sea) where they settle out according to the size of the particles the coarsest, first, and the finest, last. Meltwater stream sediments that are laid down over and around glacial ice are called ice-contact deposits (Fig. 5) and generally consist of sand and gravel, but locally include silt and clay, till, and large to very large boulders.

Figure 6. Geologic Map of Cape Cod (generalized from detailed mapping by K. F. Mather, R. P. Goldthwait, L. R. Theismeyer, J. H. Hartshorn, Carl Koteff, and R. N. Oldale). Click for larger image and index.)

The distribution of the glacial deposits on Cape Cod is shown by the generalized geologic map (Fig. 6). Most of the drift has been fashioned into either moraines or outwash plains. Both features mark positions of the ice front. Moraines are ridges of drift formed by moving ice. Most moraines are formed when the ice front remains more or less in the same place because advance of the glacier is balanced by melting along the ice front.

When the debris falls free of the ice, it accumulates along the ice front much like material at the end of a conveyor belt. However, the Buzzards Bay and Sandwich moraines were formed in a different way. They were formed when an advancing ice front overrode sediments it had previously deposited or sediments that were older than the last glaciation. The advancing ice thrust sheets of drift upward and forward to form a large ridge beyond the ice front. Thus, the formation of the moraine more closely resembles the work of a bulldozer rather than a conveyor belt (Fig. 7).

Figure 7. Ice-Thrust Model for formation of Buzzards Bay and Sandwich glaciotectonic end moraines by advancing ice (represented by horizontal arrow). The thrust moraine is formed by adding thrust sheets at base of moraine.

Figure 8. Aerial view of the outwash plain in the Schuchert Valley, East Greenland. The outwash plain sediments are deposited beyond the ice front by streams of meltwater. The braided pattern is characteristic of meltwater streams because sediment loads are high and water the volume varies with the amount of melting (photo by J. P. Schafer).

Outwash plains make up most of the Cape Cod landscape. They are made up of sand and gravel deposited by meltwater streams that flowed across the plain in a braided pattern (Fig. 8). This resulted in a broad flat depositional surface that sloped gently away from the ice front. The deposits in the ice proximal part of the outwash plain were deposited atop the glacial terminus, and when the ice melted away, these (Fig. 9) deposits collapsed to form an irregular surface that sloped steeply in an up-ice direction. This slope is called an ice-contact head of outwash.

Outwash deposits also form a highly irregular and unorganized morphology called kame and kettle terrain. A kame is a knoll or hill composed of outwash deposits, which originally filled a hole in the When ice melted away, the deposits collapsed to form a hill. A kettle is just the opposite of a kame. The outwash was deposited around and over an ice block. When the ice block melted away, the outwash collapsed to form a hole. Figure 9 shows the relationship between buried ice and collapse morphology in kettle holes and the ice-contact head of outwash.

Figure 9. Only the outwash plain that forms eastern half of the upper Cape Cod still has an ice-contact head. Ice-contact heads of outwash plains on western half of upper Cape have been incorporated into the Sandwich moraine those of outwash plains on lower Cape have been destroyed by wave erosion.

Most, if not all, of the outwash plains were formed as deltas in glacial lakes. The outwash plains on the upper Cape were formed in glacial lakes that occupied Nantucket Sound and Vineyard Sound, and those on the lower Cape were formed in a lake that occupied Cape Cod Bay. This is the best known of all the glacial lakes because outwash deltas graded to the lake occur all around Cape Cod Bay from Duxbury to Truro. Thus, the lake was given the name Glacial Lake Cape Cod. The earliest levels of the lake ranged between roughly 80 and 50 feet above present sea level, and during these lake stages, the lake drained across the Sandwich moraine and into the lowland that was to become Buzzards Bay. As the Cape Cod Bay lobe retreated northward, lower outlets were occupied and eventually the lake drained completely. The initial outlet across the Sandwich moraine was continuously lowered by erosion as the water escaped, and when the outlet was eroded to an elevation of about 30 feet, the outlet was abandoned. This low divide across the Sandwich moraine made it the obvious location for a canal connecting Cape Cod Bay and Buzzards Bay, a conclusion reached by both Miles Standish and George Washington. However, the first canal was not completed until 1914, and the improved canal (built and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) was completed in 1940 (Fig. 10).

Figure 11. Doane Rock located just off Nauset Road, Eastham is the largest glacial boulder on Cape Cod. Pits dug at the base showed as much rock below the surface as above. A boulder this large could only be deposited directly from glacial ice.

Many other features on Cape Cod owe their existence, at least in part, to glaciation. The most common feature may be the large to very large boulders scattered about the glacial surface, usually in the moraines or ice contact terraine. These glacial boulders are too large to have been carried by running water and thus must have been deposited directly by the ice. Doane Rock in Eastham (Fig. 11) is the largest glacial boulder known on Cape Cod, and pits dug at the base showed as much rock below the surface as above.

Figure 12. Ashumet Valley in Falmouth is typical of valleys cut into outwash plains by spring sapping. The lower reaches have been drowned by sea-level rise and upper reaches are commonly the sites of cranberry bogs.

Perhaps the most intriguing features related to glaciation are the valleys eroded in the outwash plains (Fig. 12). The valleys are relict because most do not contain rivers or streams. They are dry, except where their lower reaches have been drowned by the rise in sea level. The origin of these valleys is complex. They most likely were formed by a process called spring sapping. This occurs when the water issuing from a spring carries away loose sand and gravel and causes the spring to migrate headward carving a long straight valley. In the case of the outwash plain valleys on Cape Cod, some special conditions were required. Presently, there are few springs on Cape Cod, because in almost all places the outwash deposits are very permeable and the upper part of the outwash plain deposits is dry. In order for the spring sapping to have occurred, a higher than present water table is required. This could be accomplished by glacial lakes with altitudes well above present sea level being dammed by the outwash plains. The best example would be Glacial Lake Cape Cod that was dammed by the outwash plains and the Sandwich moraine on upper Cape Cod. The high lake levels would cause a rise in the water table that, in turn, would cause springs to form on the outwash plains. There is evidence for a glacial lake to the east of the lower Cape outwash plains in the form of the silt and clay beds exposed in the cliff below Highland Light in Truro. Nothing more is known of this lake, but it may have provided a higher than present water table to allow spring sapping to form the valleys in the lower cape outwash plains.

Figure 13. Pamet River Valley in Truro is cut into the Wellfleet outwash plain and completely crosses lower Cape from Cape Cod Bay to the Atlantic and is thought to have formed when a headward eroding spring sapping valley intersected the glacial lake to east of lower Cape Cod and caused the lake to drain catastrophically.

The Pamet Valley in Truro (Fig. 13) is wider and deeper than all other valleys on Cape Cod. The original floor of the valley, made up of glacial outwash, is well below sea level and overlain by mostly salt marsh deposits. The Pamet Valley may have started out like all other spring sapping valleys, however, the extreme width and depth of the valley requires further explanation. It is likely, that headward erosion by spring sapping cut completely across the Wellfleet outwash plain, reaching the outwash dam holding in a glacial lake to the east of the lower Cape. The breach caused the lake to drain catastrophically. This great flood carried away vast amounts of outwash to widened and deepened the original spring sapping valley.

Figure 14. Great Pond in Wellfleet. This kettle pond marks the site of a large ice block left behind by the retreating South Channel lobe. The original kettle hole was far from round, but wave erosion and deposition along the shore have trimmed off headlands and closed off embayments in the shoreline much as they do along the ocean shore.

Depressions in the outwash plain are called kettle holes. They mark the site of ice blocks that were left behind by the retreating glacier and buried by the outwash deposits. The buried ice was well insulated from the warmer post-glacial temperatures and may have persisted for several thousand years Kettle holes that are deep enough to expose the water table contain ponds or lakes (Fig. 14). Similar to the ocean shore, waves have eroded sections along the shore to form cliffs and the eroded sand and gravel have been carried along the shore and deposited across reentrents in the shoreline. These low ridges composed of beach sand are called baymouth bars. In many kettle ponds, these processes have smoothed the shoreline so that the ponds are almost circular.

Basal organic sediments in kettle ponds have been carbon dated. The oldest ages are on the order of 12 thousand years. These early dates appear to occur in kettles that are underlain by fine sediments, which prevented or impeded the percolation of rain and snow melt. Other kettle pond basal sediments are much younger and appear to indicate the time when the rising water table, caused by the rising sea level, first intersected the floor of the kettle hole.

Figure 15. Aerial photo of the embayed coastline from Nauset to Chatham. The drowned lows were formed when buried ice of sublobe of South Channel lobe melted out. Headland erosion to north of Nauset and longshore transport have formed the barriers and closed off the embayments.

The indented coastline from Eastham southward to Chatham (Fig. 15) also owes its existence to the Laurentide ice sheet. Most likely, it represents the last remnant of an irregular coastline made up of headlands and embayments that marked the eastern limit of the glacial Cape. It also represents a western expansion of the South Channel lobe in the form of a sublobe, which at its largest size, occupied the site of the Eastham outwash plain as well as limiting the eastern extent of the Harwich outwash plain and the distribution of the Nauset Heights deposits.

Figure 16. Wind-polished stone or ventifact. These fluted, faceted, and pitted stones were shaped by wind driven sand, silt, and clay particles as they sat on the outwash plain surface. Later they were worked upward into the eolian layer by frost action. The unusual shape of some ventifacts cause them to be mistaken for Indian artifacts by laymen.

At the end of glaciation and before the landscape was well covered with vegetation, winds blowing across the barren glacial deposits, including material from the exposed bottoms of drained glacial lakes, picked up sand, silt, and clay and deposited this material as a thin almost continuous blanket on the drift surface. Stones lying on the drift surface were cut, faceted, and polished by sand blasting. These stones, called ventifacts, have been moved into the windblown layer by frost action. They are distinctively shaped and some have been mistaken for tools of Indian origin (Fig. 16).

The windblown material and the upper part of the underlying drift make up the parent material for Cape Cod soils. These soils are called podzols and are typical of young soils developed on a sandy parent material in a temperate climate under forest cover. A podzol is characterized by a soil profile that consists of an upper dark organic zone and a bone-white zone that together make up the "A" horizon and a reddish orange zone that makes up the "B" horizon (Fig. 17). Beneath the "B" horizon is the parent material of the soil, either drift or the windblown layer or both.

Figure 17. A Cape Cod podzol soil. From top to bottom the soil consists of an "A" horizon made up of the organic litter zone and the leached zone (light colored zone), and the dark colored reddish orange "B" horizon. The "B" horizon is underlain by the parent material.

Why History Buffs Love Cape Cod

There&aposs more to Cape Cod than sandy beaches and breath-taking vistas. The peninsula, first settled by the Wampanoag tribe long before the Pilgrims came ashore in Provincetown, is full of archaeological gems, presidential pride and plenty of the nation’s firsts. Here are the best spots to soak in history and culture as you start exploring.

Early roots
The Mashpee Wampanoag Museumꃞtails the history and culture of the Wampanoag tribe from the Stone Age to present times. Set within a restored historic property, the museum features displays of ancient artifacts and other Native American heirlooms, and provides a detailed picture of life and times on the Cape prior to the English settlers&apos arrival. Displays include a variety of tools, baskets, hunting and fishing implements, weapons and domestic utensils.

The Colonia Era
Climb the 116 steps to the top of Provincetown&aposs Pilgrim Monument to commemorate the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in the New World on November 11, 1620. Standing at 252 feet, it’s the tallest all granite structure in the U.S.

Ever wonder what life was like in 17th century New England? Plimoth Plantation recreates the experience of the Wampanoag people and the colonial English community in the 1600s the living history museum allows you to interact with people who live, dress, work and speak just like they did almost 400 years ago. The re-creations are based on a wide variety of written records and artifacts from the time.

Wing Fort House in Sandwich is a slice of Cape Cod nostalgia. The property, now a museum, is the oldest home in New England continuously owned by the same family. Built in 1641, it later became the home of Stephen Wing, one of the early settlers of Sandwich. The family restored it and furnished it with Wing family antiques showcasing the house&aposs long history, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Natural History
For those with an affinity for the great outdoors, theꃊpe Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster is the perfect place to discover and explore. The museum features exhibits on the Cape’s changing landscape, a seasonal butterfly house, a Honey Bee Observation Hive, an entire wing dedicated to Eldridge Arnold’s world-class bird carvings, and an aquarium comprising creatures common to the Cape’s ponds, streams, oceans and tidepools. Guided walks along the museum&aposs outdoor trails meander through marshes, woodlands and tidal flats.

The 20th Century
A visit to the pristine, protected Cape Cod National Seashore is a must for any history buff, as is checking out the original site where Guglielmo Marconi sent the first two-way trans-Atlantic wireless radio transmission. It was from South Wellfleet where, in 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt spoke with King Edward III in Cornwall, England. While most of the former South Wellfleet site is now gone due to erosion, the਌hatham Marconi Maritime Centerꃎlebrates Marconi’s contributions to wireless communication the newly pioneered technology won Marconi the Nobel Prize in 1909.

For a more familiar understanding of the 35th president, the John F. Kennedy Museum in Hyannis provides a window into the years JFK spent at the family compound in Hyannis Port. There are four permanent photographic exhibits, as well as revolving exhibits on loan from the JFK Library in Boston. From the museum, walk the 1.6-mile Kennedy Legacy Trail around downtown Hyannis. There are 10 sites in all, and the trail finishes at the JFK Memorial overlooking Lewis Bay.

Heritage Museums & Gardens is one of Sandwich’s crown jewels. In addition to housing folk art, cultural artifacts, and acres of lush gardens, the museum has a collection of rare antique cars ranging from an 1913 Ford Model T and 1962 Chevrolet Corvette to a 1909 White Steam Car Model M owned by President Taft. From April through October, the museum will put its permanent collection in storage to make room for the limited time exhibit “Start Your Engines! Cars and Stars of the Indy 500.” Twenty iconic Indy 500 race and pace cars will be on display𠅏rom the 1914 Duesenberg driven by Eddie Rickenbacker to the 2016 NAPA winner driven by Alexander Rossi.

Just down the road, the Sandwich Glass Museum helps tell the story of the town’s greatest contribution to the American Industrial Revolution. Displays offer more than 6,000 stunning pieces created by the town&aposs glass companies during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Maritime History
For those with a love of all things nautical, theꃊpe Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis is an intimate space dedicated to the Cape&aposs close ties to the sea. The museum showcases the Cape&aposs maritime history with a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits, along with the region’s largest scrimshaw collection. There&aposs also a variety of classes and lectures ranging from sailing knot know-how to boatbuilding.

The local experts
For a deeper view of town records and other little-known facts about the Cape’s rich history, local historical societies offer a wealth of information. The Historical Society of Santuit & Cotuit provides a peek into 19th-century life on the Cape. Visit the Dottridge Homestead to better understand life on the coast, while the Fire Museum displays a 1916 Model T Ford Fire, the first mechanized fire truck on Cape Cod. Visitors are also able to tour the Cotuit Archives, the Rothwell Ice House, Cotuit Museum Shop, and Historical Kitchen Gardens.

The਋ourne Historical Society is housed in the former town library, built in 1896 by the well-known architect Henry Vaughan. The organization also oversees the Aptucxet Trading Post, the first trade house built in 1627 by Pilgrims who settled in Plymouth Colony

The Atwood House and Museum is home to the Chatham Historical Society. The gambrel-roofed house was built in the 1750&aposs and includes eight exhibits – from displays on the town’s commercial fishing industry to the works of famed local author Joseph Crosby Lincoln. Walk the grounds to see the Chatham School Bells display, and the original fresnel lens from the town’s famous twin lights.

Theꃺlmouth Museums on the Green overlook the town&aposs Village Green, where members of the Colonial militia trained in the 1700s. Two 18th-century houses display period furniture, fine art, textiles and rotating exhibits that provide a glimpse into the town’s rich historic past. Nearby, on the Falmouth Public Library lawn, take time to admire the statue that pays homage to town native Katharine Lee Bates, who penned the patriotic anthem 𠇊merican the Beautiful.”

The Harwich Historical Society is located within the Brooks Academy building, home to Harwich&aposs first high school. The society boasts the largest collection dedicated to cranberry culture on Cape Cod and maintain the reconstructed Elmer Crowell Barn on the museum grounds the restored workshop presents the life and times of the famous bird carver.

In 2016, the Brewster Historical Society moved into its new location - the beautifully restored Captain Elijah Cobb House. Each room features a themed exhibit, some permanent, some rotating. In addition, the society manages a restored 18th century windmill and a blacksmith shop (offering tours and demonstrations) at Windmill Village adjacent Drummer Boy Park.

One last way to celebrate the Cape’s past is to frame it…literally! Maps of Antiquity in Chatham features thousands of original and reproduction antique prints, including lighthouse charts, nautical charts, postcards and vintage maps depicting the Cape and Islands.

Variations of the Cape

Full Cape (or Double Cape)

Apparently the quintessential Cape Cod house, full Capes were actually rare in the 18th century. Those that existed belonged to the most accomplished settlers. They have a steep pitched roof and a symmetrical five-bay façade with a generous entrance door centered on the massive chimney.

Three-Quarter Cape

Although seldom copied in the Cape Cod revivals that would come many decades later, the three-quarter Cape was a mainstay of 18th- and early-19th-century New England. On the three-quarter Cape as well as the half Cape, the entry was offset slightly from the chimney.

One-Half Cape (or Single Cape)

The starter house of its day, the half Cape often evolved through subsequent additions into a three-quarter Cape and on to a full Cape as its occupants&rsquo families and fortunes grew. Nevertheless, examples remain throughout New England.

Keeping room in a Cape Cod house in coastal Maine, built 1819.

History in Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard

In November 1620, a gaunt and exhausted band of Pilgrims traveling on a rickety boat called the Mayflower landed on the tip of the Cape in what is now Provincetown. While some people believe that they landed in nearby Plymouth, the Pilgrims actually landed in Provincetown. Plymouth was their second stop. While in Provincetown, they put together a little agreement called the Mayflower Compact, which was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony. At the far east end of Commercial Street in Provincetown, a rock marks the spot where the Pilgrims are believed to have landed, and a bas-relief on Bradford Street, behind Town Hall, pays tribute to the Mayflower Compact.

The Pilgrims were not the first European explorers to discover the region. Cape Cod was named around 1602 by explorer Bartholomew Gosnold, after "the great stoare of codfysshes" he saw offshore. He is also said to have named Martha's Vineyard after his daughter and the large number of grapevines he saw. But many say the area had been visited by Europeans long before Gosnold some local historians even believe they have evidence, in the form of markings on boulders, that the Vikings were here as early as A.D. 1000.

However, the Cape's cultural history really begins with the Wampanoag Tribe, a name that translates as "The People of the First Light." This Native American tribe inhabited the northeast coast and used the area that is now the town of Mashpee on the Upper Cape as one of their bases. The Pilgrims were greeted by members of the Wampanoag Tribe, among them Squanto, who is said to have stayed with the newcomers for the 1 1/2 years that they lived over in Plymouth, teaching them the ways of the New World. The Wampanoags were friendly to the Europeans, offering them food during the cold winter and showing them how to farm crops in the sandy soil. The Pilgrims seem to have repaid them with smallpox and some beaver pelts. The Pilgrims set up one of the first trading posts, at a spot the Native Americans had long been using, at what is now the Aptucxet Trading Post Museum (24 Aptucxet Rd., Bourne tel. 508/759-9487).

The Wampanoags were receptive to missionary efforts that led them to be known as "the praying Indians." The 1684 Indian Meeting House where they worshiped is one of the oldest churches on Cape Cod and is considered the oldest Indian church in the United States. It is located within an old Indian cemetery on Route 28 in Mashpee and can be visited by appointment (tel. 508/477-0208).

Around 1675 relations between the white man and the American Indian soured, and King Phillip's War was waged by Chief Metacomet (whom the Pilgrims called King Phillip). The 2-year war resulted in the deaths of about 600 settlers and 3,000 American Indians.

The Wampanoag Tribe -- When the Pilgrims first arrived in Cape Cod in 1620, they were greeted by the Wampanoag Tribe, a group of Native Americans who lived in the region. The Wampanoags were officially recognized by the U.S. government only in 2007 -- 387 years later. Today the Wampanoags hope to build a casino off-Cape, and the towns of Middleborough, Fall River, and New Bedford have been floated. If plans for the casino are accepted, the Wampanoags could use the profits from the casino to fund tribe needs, such as housing, healthcare, and education. Those plans are awaiting decisions by the governor and state legislature, who are debating if and how to allow casinos in the state.

The tribe, which has about 1,500 members today, is in the process of organizing some of its cultural artifacts. The Indian Museum on Route 130, in Mashpee (tel. 508/477-0208), can be visited by appointment.

Early Towns on Cape Cod

The Pilgrims continued on to Plymouth, but within a few years, other settlers came from Europe and settled on the Cape. The first town to be incorporated, Sandwich, was founded in 1637. The early settlers braved the dangerous cross-Atlantic voyage to escape religious persecution in Europe. Here they formed congregations of religious groups, including Quakers, which are still evident in several Cape Cod towns the Congregational Church in West Barnstable, founded in 1630, has one of the longest uninterrupted congregations of that denomination in the world. One historian, Henry C. Kittredge, described the early Cape Cod settlers as "zealots and idealists."

The first settlements on the Cape in the early 17th century were compact. The idea was that every member of the community was in close proximity to three crucial places: the mill, the market, and the meeting. They used the large marshlands, particularly those north of Sandwich and Barnstable, as salt hay for grazing sheep and cattle. Most of the Cape was wooded, and the early settlers cleared much of the land to raise livestock and used much of the wood to build homes. The first couple of generations of settlers were farmers who were self-sufficient, growing corn and other crops and raising sheep, pigs, and cattle. For variety they would indulge in delicacies from the sea, such as clams and lobsters. Corn was the principal crop, and each town soon had a miller to grind the corn. The early mills were operated either through water power or wind power, and the miller was considered one of the most distinguished citizens of the town because of his prized skill. As there were no stores, any item not grown on the property or made locally had to be purchased from England at great expense. It was easier to buy a parcel of land than an hourglass, noted Kittredge.

As the oldest town in the Cape, Sandwich is a good place to explore the Cape's early history. Evidence of 17th-century life can be found at the Hoxie House, built in 1675 (Rte. 130, Sandwich center tel. 508/888-1173) the Dexter Grist Mill, built in 1654 on Shawme Pond (Town Hall Square tel. 508/888-4910) the Sandwich Glass Museum (129 Main St. tel. 508/888-0251) and the Heritage Museums and Gardens (67 Grove St. tel. 508/888-3300).

Some fine examples of historic houses can also be found on the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. In Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard, the Vincent House, built in 1672, is the oldest house on the island (off Main St., btw. Planting Field Way and Church St. tel. 508/627-8017). On Nantucket, the Jethro Coffin House (tel. 508/228-1894), a 1686 saltbox home, has the distinction of being the oldest building on the island, though there are countless examples of well-preserved historic structures here, given that the entire island is designated as a historic district.

From Pirates to Whalers: The Cape's Rich Maritime History

Before the Cape Cod Canal was dug out and the bridges were constructed in the 1930s, the shipping route around the arm of the Cape carried the reputation as "the graveyard of the Atlantic," for all the shipwrecks that took place among the treacherous shoals and currents off the Cape. Lighthouses were built -- the first one was Highland Light, in 1797, at Truro -- to help captains navigate the tricky coastline that often became enveloped in a dense fog. Highland Light, also called Cape Cod Light, and the nearby museum run by the Truro Historical Society, can be visited (27 Highland Light Rd., Truro tel. 508/487-1121).

There are many tales of shipwrecks at the Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum (158 Polpis Rd., Nantucket tel. 508/228-1885) and at the Old Harbor Lifesaving Museum in Provincetown (Race Point Beach tel. 508/349-3785), which both tell the story of the men who risked their lives to save those who would have drowned at sea. Most were lost, but the lifesavers, which later became the U.S. Coast Guard, would patrol the coastline ready to assist if need be. The Coast Guard Heritage Museum (3353 Main St., Barnstable Village tel. 508/362-8521) tells that story. A side business (that was quite a bit less noble) was run by those called "mooncussers," who would watch by the full moon for shipwrecks and stand by to pick through any valuable parts of the wreck that came ashore.

Whaling was a prominent and lucrative industry from about 1750 to about 1850, when the industry began to wane. Whalers proved to be some of the most successful seafarers in the Cape's history. In order to make bountiful catches, whalers traveled around the world when they returned, they inevitably brought souvenirs home with them. Therefore the homes of successful sea captains on the Cape and islands became virtual museums containing treasures from across the globe.

Nantucket became an important whaling port, and its wealth was renowned. The Nantucket Whaling Museum (13 Broad St. tel. 508/228-1894) houses exhibits that show the history of whaling and the bounty it enabled seafarers to bring home. The museum displays the interior of an actual candle house, where whale blubber was transformed into candles. Other remnants of whaling life displayed at the museum are the scrimshaw (elaborate carvings made from tooth and bone) that sailors would carve to pass the time during the months at sea and "sailor's valentines" (colorful boxes decorated with hearts made of seashells that crew members purchased from Caribbean ports for their sweethearts).

The Great Fire of 1846 destroyed Nantucket's town center. After the fire razed the town, much of the town center was rebuilt with the riches from whaling journeys. An economic bust period in the late 19th century meant that nothing was changed for decades, and the town has been virtually preserved from that mid-19th-century period, cobblestone streets and all.

Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard also thrived during this period, and there are numerous examples of the majestic sea captains' houses -- mostly private homes -- along North Water Street. There is also a large concentration of sea captains' houses along Route 6A in Brewster, nicknamed "The Sea Captains' Town." This is a good place to admire widow's walks, those rooftop porches that were said to allow the wives of sea captains to scan the horizon in anticipation of the return of their men. There are many sea captains' homes that you can visit in the region, but exceptional examples are the Hadwen House, on Nantucket (96 Main St. tel. 508/228-1894) the Dr. Daniel Fisher House, in Edgartown (99 Main St. tel. 508/627-8017) and the Julia Wood House, at the Falmouth Museums on the Green, in Falmouth center (at the Village Green tel. 508/548-4857).

Although the fishing industry has been suffering in recent years from overfishing, the Cape and islands are still the home of many who make their living by harvesting from the sea. In some families, the profession goes back for generations. Stop by the Fish Pier in the Lower Cape town of Chatham after noon to see fishermen unloading their catches. This too is an important part of the history of the region.

The Whydah: A Pirate's Treasure Trove -- One of the most famous ships that fell prey to the ocean was the Whydah, a pirate ship that wrecked near Wellfleet in 1717. The ship was captained by the notorious pirate Samuel (Black Jack) Bellamy. Bellamy and his pirate crew had captured a couple of other vessels in Nantucket Sound, but then the small fleet, manned by what is said to be crews of drunken pirates, was caught in a gale. The two other ships wrecked first then the Whydah, with Bellamy still aboard, wrecked a couple miles south of Wellfleet's Cahoon's Hollow Beach. Bellamy and 140 of his men drowned. Two men, both of whom had been captured from other ships, made it to shore alive. They alerted the locals, who set about hauling in whatever they could that washed ashore from the wrecks. The one thing that the plunderers never did find was the chest of pirate's gold. It took almost 270 years for that loot to be found.

In 1984 local adventurer Barry Clifford began to excavate the site. His findings, including thousands of gold and silver coins, can be viewed at the Expedition Whydah Sea Lab and Learning Center, in Provincetown (MacMillan Wharf tel. 508/487-8899).

The First Tourists: Spiritualists & Scientists

The late 19th century brought the beginnings of the tourism industry to the Cape and islands. The first tourists to these shores were looking toward the heavens, but they were not seeking the sun. They came -- by the hundreds -- for religious retreats.

In Oak Bluffs, on Martha's Vineyard, Methodists would gather in a grove close to the harbor for revivalist camp meetings. The canvas tents they erected for the extended religious revivals were eventually expanded into tiny cottages. Today visitors can stroll around and see these "gingerbread cottages," a name that has been coined after the elaborate Victorian-era scrollwork and brightly colored details on the houses, and also see the Trinity Park Tabernacle, the largest wrought-iron structure in the country. Open-air services and concerts are still held here every summer. The Cottage Museum (1 Trinity Park tel. 508/693-7784) tells the history of the camp meeting grounds and has early photographs of the visitors, who dressed in modest Victorian garb.

Across Vineyard Sound, in the village of Woods Hole in Falmouth, a different kind of summer tourist was discovering the area. Scientists -- especially oceanographers -- interested in spending their summer vacations surrounded by other scientists were beginning to gather for seminars. Founded as a summer lab in 1888, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL 7 MBL St. tel. 508/289-7423) today is an international center for biological research, education, and training with about 50 Nobel Laureates associated with it. Woods Hole is also home to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI 15 School St. tel. 508/289-2663), founded in 1930 and dedicated to ocean research, education, and exploration. The institute runs on about $100 million a year in grants, many from the U.S. Navy. Both MBL and WHOI have visitor centers open to the public.

Perhaps drawn by the scientists at MBL and WHOI, several other science organizations have sprouted up in Woods Hole. The village is home to a branch of the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration and a semester-at-sea school, called Sea Education Association. The village is a hub for scientists, fishermen, artists, and bohemians, particularly in the summer.

From around the 1890s to the 1930s, summer cottage communities began to spring up all over the Cape and islands for those who could afford a small second home. Two particularly picturesque summer cottage communities are Falmouth Heights, a village along the south shore of Falmouth, where Victorian-era cottages were built on and around a central hill, and Siasconset -- known as 'Sconset -- on Nantucket, where the tiny cottages are all near the ocean, festooned with climbing roses and ringed by white picket fences.

Artists Colony Forms on the Outer Cape

Around 1900 a group of artists from New York, led by Charles Hawthorne, discovered Provincetown, a tiny picturesque fishing village at the tip of the Cape, where the native population of fishermen, many of Portuguese descent, had developed a colorful community. The artists, who set up their easels on the piers and the tiny lanes, made it an even more colorful community. Hawthorne taught his students to paint outside -- en plein air -- and to render figures with broad brush strokes with a palette knife, concentrating on the nuances of shadow, angle, and color rather than getting hung up on detail.

Another famous artist who set up a school decades later in the 1950s was Hans Hofmann, a German who favored abstraction and whose background in art studies reached back to the Paris school of Henri Matisse. New York artists of the Art Students League, where Hofmann also taught, began taking summer homes in Provincetown and the nearby towns of Wellfleet and Truro. Some of them even moved there year-round. Visit the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (460 Commercial St. tel. 508/487-1750) to understand the rich art history of the town.

As writers and intellectuals followed, the area became a hotbed of bohemia, a kind of Greenwich Village of the north. The liberal, artsy, open-mindedness of the populace made the area a popular spot for gays, and Provincetown is now one of the country's top gay resorts.

JFK & the Cape Cod National Seashore

Cape Cod really became well-known when the second-oldest son of a certain family who had been vacationing on the Cape for decades became president. It was the glamour of seeing John F. Kennedy sailing his boat, the Honeyfitz, off Hyannis Port that gave Cape Cod worldwide panache in the 1960s. Some say the place has never recovered. Hyannis, which is actually a village in the town of Barnstable, is by far the most built-up part of the Cape. It has a giant mall and numerous plazas surrounded by seas of asphalt. It also has the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum (397 Main St. tel. 508/790-3077), a large photo display that continues to be one of the Cape's top tourist draws. The Kennedy compound is still in Hyannis Port and is considered "home" for many of the Kennedy clan. Vehicles are warned away from the area by signs, but the curious can still get a good look at the compound, which consists of several homes set closely together, by taking a sightseeing boat trip out of Hyannis Harbor. The Kennedy family's favorite pastimes, such as sailing in Nantucket Sound, continue through the generations.

JFK also did his part to preserve the Cape. In August 1961, he signed a bill designating 27,000 acres from Chatham to Provincetown as a new national park, the Cape Cod National Seashore. Visiting the national seashore can mean a trip to one of its spectacular beaches, along 40 miles of coastline from Nauset Beach, in Orleans, to Herring Cove, in Provincetown, or following a ranger on a nature walk through the endangered habitat of an Atlantic White Cedar Swamp, in Wellfleet. There are numerous nature trails offering self-guided tours throughout the seashore, as well as several historic buildings set up as museums. Maps and information can be found at the Salt Pond Visitor Center, on Route 6 in Eastham (tel. 508/255-3421). Standing on this pristine seashore looking out at the churning Atlantic Ocean, putting all of America behind you, to paraphrase Henry David Thoreau, continues to be one of the most cherished experiences for those visiting Cape Cod.

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The Dazzling Curiosity & Ferocity of Winter Storms on Cape Cod

Coast Guard Beach, Blizzard of 1978, often regarded as one of the worst winter storms to hit New England

“Blizzard ’05 worst on Cape in my life…” reads the hand-written entry on January 23, 2005 in the Weather Wizard’s 5-Year Weather Diary the witness and author: meteorologist Tim Kelley. Indeed, it was epic.

That personal proclamation actually reflects a larger generational curiosity about the wicked winter weather on Cape Cod. For centuries, the constantly unpredictable oscillations of nature’s fury have provoked vigorous debate about the worst storm to ravage the exposed, vulnerable peninsula. Hurricanes come and go. Blizzards stall and meander. Winter’s ferocity can easily be considered more spellbinding than summer’s clemency. And so the lore and allure of the Cape’s frosty weather—gales, whiteouts, nor’easters—is a rich narrative of meteorology, history and geology—and some mythology, as popular debates suggest.

A Chatham native, Kelley radiates enthusiasm about the weather like unbridled electricity. Stacks of spiral, cardboard-bound, black-inked journals, dating back to March 3, 1992, (when he first began broadcasting with then-start up New England Cable News now sharing production facilities with NBC10 Boston) bear witness to his seat in modern meteorological history. With over 10,000 reports of daily weather, Kelley calls them “probably the most gratifying part of my career.” Reviewing them is an excavation, for they are a captivating analog history—a sober juxtaposition against the blitzkrieg of digital noise emanating from today’s televisions and mobile screens. His entries about the Cape are particularly illuminating.

Take the Blizzard of 2005, perhaps the most notorious blizzard in recorded Cape history. Kelley’s observations are stark and emphatic. He recalls that all of Nantucket was “without power,” “80 mph gusts” lashed the coast, and “31 inches” of snow buried Hyannis. (The Cape Cod Times reported 10-to-15-foot drifts and 27-foot swells.)

Satellite image of the Blizzard of 2005

Another entry simply states, “Benchmark.” In meteorological lingo benchmark is a specific location (40°N 70°W) and helps identify the type of impacts a winter storm will have on a region. When a system moves directly across those coordinates coastal communities can expect a massive snow event, if it is cold enough. The Cape has been in the bullseye on many occasions.

Kelley brings an encyclopedic knowledge and perspective of storms big and small. Maybe surprisingly, then, he is not convinced that The Blizzard of 1978 warrants its place on a list of top winter tempests in Cape Cod history. In fact, he calls that one a “dud.” But one man’s dud is another man’s bomb.

Make that bombogenesis.

Don Wilding, a Cape Cod historian, writer, and speaker, thinks otherwise. While other winter beasts certainly merit consideration, “nothing tops ’78,” he asserts. That February storm did not qualify as a blizzard on the Cape, certainly not for the initial snow that changed to rain. Rather, this classic nor’easter was a severe wind (92 mph recorded in Chatham) and tidal event (14½-foot tides measured in Provincetown). “It was a different experience on the Cape,” Wilding says.

More of a winter hurricane (a definitive “eye” passed over the Outer Cape), the storm stalled out and hit at high tide on a new moon (astronomically high) when tides would have been “only” four feet above normal. More so, it obliterated the coast, especially wreaking havoc and rearranging the whole of Coast Guard Beach in Eastham and the Nauset Spit. In retrospect, that blockbuster storm became an existential threat that presaged the fears of future peril. Its lasting legacy was less physical and more psychological. True, its coastal savagery surprised many forecasters at the time but more importantly, it shocked most sensibilities. When the storm swept Henry Beston’s long-revered Outermost House out to sea it affected the psyche. Storms prior to that storm were mostly about maritime death and destruction. The shoreline was mere collateral damage.

Outermost House, 1977 Outermost House, 1978



This splendid collection of glass is reminiscent of early American pressed glass called "Sandwich", whose lacy, intricate designs fine background stippling and sparkling brilliance reflected the superb craftsmanship of its makers.
The Boston & Sandwich Glass Works, founded on Cape Cod in 1825, had produced many of the most elaborate, detailed designs of this quality glass.  Other companies in the region competed, but the popularity of "Sandwich" pieces resulted in the name becoming a generic term for pressed glass.

Inspired by the lacy delicacy of these designs, particularly the classic "Roman Rosette" pattern, Avon created this unique collection.  Not only does it recall the beauty of this prized American glass, but its name commemorates the spirit of the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial which celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, as well as the area where Sandwich glass originated.


Pre-modern era Edit

Origins Edit

As early as the 1860s, baseball teams representing various Cape Cod towns and villages were competing against one another. The earliest newspaper account is of an 1867 game in Sandwich between the hometown "Nichols Club" and the visiting Cummaquid team. Though not formalized as a league, the games provided entertainment for residents and summer visitors. [1] [2]

In 1885, a Fourth of July baseball game was held matching teams from Barnstable and Sandwich. [3] According to contemporary accounts, the 1885 contest may have been at least the twelfth such annual game. [4] By the late 19th century, an annual championship baseball tournament was being held each fall at the Barnstable County Fair, an event that continued well into the 20th century, with teams representing towns from Cape Cod and the larger region.

In 1921, the Barnstable County Agricultural Society determined to limit the fair's annual baseball championship to teams from Cape Cod. Falmouth won the championship in 1921, [5] [6] and Osterville in 1922. [7] Interest in baseball was growing, as was a movement to create a formal league of Cape Cod teams.

The early Cape League era (1923–1939) Edit

The "Cape Cod Baseball League" was formed in 1923, consisting of four teams: Falmouth, Osterville, Hyannis, and Chatham. [8] [9] Teams were made up of players from local colleges and prep schools, along with some semi-pro players and other locals. One notable player during this period was North Truro native Danny "Deacon" MacFayden, who went on to play for seventeen years in the major leagues. [10] [11]

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the composition of the league varied from season to season. Towns did not opt to field teams in every season, and teams from other towns such as Bourne, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, and Wareham joined the league. Teams were not limited to league play, and often played teams from towns and cities in the larger region, as in 1929 when Falmouth played an exhibition game against the major league Boston Braves. [12] [13] [14]

The league enjoyed widespread popularity throughout the 1930s, and even engendered competition in the form of the Barnstable County Twilight League and the Lower Cape Twilight League. However, as the cumulative effects of the Great Depression made it increasingly more difficult to secure funding for teams, the Cape League disbanded in 1940.

The Upper and Lower Cape League era (1946–1962) Edit

With young men returning home after World War II, the Cape League was revived in 1946. The league now excluded paid professional or semi-pro players, and for a while attempted to limit players to those who were Cape Cod residents. The league was split into Upper Cape and Lower Cape divisions, and in addition to many of the town teams from the "old" Cape League, new teams now joined such as those representing the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Otis Air Force Base, and the Cape Verdean Club of Harwich among others.

Modern era (1963–present) Edit

In 1963, the Cape Cod Baseball League was reorganized and became officially sanctioned by the NCAA. The league would no longer be limited to Cape Cod residents, but would recruit college players and coaches from an increasingly wide radius.

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. [15] This transition began a period of significant growth in the league's popularity and prestige among MLB scouts, as well as among college players and coaches. This popularity has translated into over one thousand former players who have gone on to major league playing careers, including multiple members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The CCBL regular season runs from mid-June through mid-August. [16] Teams are geographically divided into the East Division and West Division. Each division consists of five teams which each play 44 regular season games in a largely balanced schedule that is not weighted toward intradivisional foes.

During the latter half of the regular season, an all-star game is contested between the all stars from the East and West divisions, and features a pre-game home run hitting contest. The CCBL All-Star Game was played at Fenway Park from 2009 to 2011, but is normally played at one of the CCBL home fields.

Following the regular season, the top four teams in each division qualify for the playoffs, which is an elimination tournament consisting of three rounds of best of three series to determine the league champion and winner of the Arnold Mycock trophy.

Current teams Edit

Division Team Town/Village First year Home Field Capacity
West Bourne Braves Bourne 1988 Doran Park
(Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School)
Cotuit Kettleers Cotuit 1947 Lowell Park 2,500
Falmouth Commodores Falmouth 1923
Arnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field 8,000
Hyannis Harbor Hawks Hyannis 1976 Judy Walden Scarafile Field at McKeon Park
(Pope John Paul II High School)
Wareham Gatemen Wareham 1952 Clem Spillane Field
(Wareham High School)
East Brewster Whitecaps Brewster 1988 Stony Brook Field
(Stony Brook Elementary School)
Chatham Anglers Chatham 1946 Veteran's Field 8,000
Harwich Mariners Harwich 1946 Whitehouse Field
(Monomoy Regional High School)
Orleans Firebirds Orleans 1947 Eldredge Park
(Nauset Regional Middle School)
Yarmouth–Dennis Red Sox South Yarmouth 1946 Red Wilson Field
(Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School)

Origin of team nicknames Edit

Prior to 2009, six of the ten teams in the CCBL shared their team nickname with a team in Major League Baseball (MLB). However, in late 2008 MLB announced that it would enforce its trademarks, and required those CCBL teams to either change their nicknames or buy their uniforms and merchandise only through MLB-licensed vendors.

Three of the teams eventually changed their nicknames. In 2009, the Chatham Athletics became the Anglers, and the Orleans Cardinals became the Firebirds. [17] The following season, the Hyannis Mets became the Harbor Hawks. [18]

The Bourne Braves and Yarmouth–Dennis Red Sox, teams who share nicknames with Boston's two historic professional baseball franchises, chose to keep their nicknames and use MLB licensees for their merchandise.

MLB could not enforce the "Mariners" trademark against the Harwich Mariners because the use of the nickname by Harwich predated the entry of the Seattle Mariners into MLB as an expansion team in 1977.

The four teams whose nicknames were not in conflict with MLB have locally themed names such as the nautical monikers of the Falmouth Commodores and Brewster Whitecaps. The Cotuit Kettleers nickname recalls a legendary local Native American land transaction whose terms of sale involved the exchange of a brass kettle. [19] The Wareham Gatemen are the only team that does not play its home games on Cape Cod, as the town of Wareham sits on the edge of the mainland, at the "gateway" to Cape Cod.

Franchise timelines Edit

Below is a partial list of Cape Cod baseball teams from the 1860s until the formation of the Cape League in 1923.

  • Barnstable Cummaquids
  • Barnstable Osceolas
  • Barnstable Village
  • Chatham
  • Falmouth Cottage Club
  • Harwich
  • Hyannis
  • Orleans Pants Factory
  • Osterville
  • Sandwich Athletics
  • Sandwich Nichols Club
  • West Barnstable Mastetuketts
  • West Falmouth
  • Yarmouth Mattakeesetts

Early Cape League era (1923–1939)

Team Seasons
Barnstable 1931–1937 1939
Bourne 1933*–1939
Chatham 1923–1926 1930–1931
Chatham-Harwich 1927–1929
Falmouth 1923–1939
Harwich 1930–1939
Hyannis 1923–1930
Orleans 1928–1934 1937–1938
Osterville 1923–1930
Provincetown 1933*
Wareham 1927–1928 1930–1932
* In 1933, Provincetown withdrew and was
replaced by Bourne mid-season.

Upper and Lower Cape League era (1946–1962)

Division Team Seasons
Barnstable Townies / Barons / Red Sox 1946*–1952 †
Bourne Canalmen 1946–1950
Cotuit Kettleers 1947–1962
Falmouth All-Stars 1946–1962
Falmouth Falcons 1951–1953
Mashpee Warriors / Indians 1946–1951
Massachusetts Maritime Academy 1946–1947 ‡
Osterville 1948–1950
Otis Air Force Base Jets / Minutemen 1949–1950
Sagamore Clouters 1946–1962
Sandwich 1946–1949
Wareham Gatemen 1952 † –1962
Division Team Seasons
Brewster 1948–1951
Chatham 1946–1962
Dennis Clippers 1946–1961
Eastham 1949–1955
Harwich 1946–1962
Harwich Cape Verdean Club 1949–1950
North Truro Air Force Station Blue Sox 1952–1957
Orleans Red Sox 1947–1962
Wellfleet 1956
Yarmouth Indians 1946–1962
* Barnstable played in the Lower Cape division in 1946 only.
† In 1952, Barnstable withdrew and was replaced by Wareham mid-
season. [20] [21]
‡ Mass. Maritime Academy played in the Lower Cape division in 1946–1947.

Beginnings of the modern era (1963–1987)

From 1963 to 1969, the newly reorganized league maintained the Upper Cape/Lower Cape divisional structure, with the championship series played by the winners of each division. Beginning in 1970, the divisional structure gave way to a single combined league, with the top four teams in the league advancing to the playoffs. This combined league structure continued through 1987.

Team Seasons
Bourne Canalmen 1963–1964* 1967–1969 1971–1972
Cotuit Kettleers 1963–1987
Falmouth All-Stars / Commodores 1963–1987
Hyannis Mets 1976–1987
Sagamore Clouters / Canalmen 1963–1966*
Wareham Gatemen 1963–1987
* In 1965, the Bourne Canalmen and Sagamore Clouters merged. The new
team was called the "Sagamore Canalmen" during the 1965 and 1966
seasons, and the "Bourne Canalmen" thereafter.
Team Seasons
Chatham Red Sox / Athletics 1963–1987
Harwich Mariners 1963–1987
Orleans Cardinals 1963–1987
Otis Air Force Base Minutemen 1963–1964
Yarmouth Indians / Red Sox / Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox 1963–1987

In 1988, the Bourne Braves and the Brewster Whitecaps joined the CCBL as expansion teams and the resulting ten-team league was split into East and West divisions. Since 1988, there have been no changes to the league's franchise composition or divisional alignments.

Championships by Season, 1923–1939
Year Winning
Manager Games Losing
Manager Ref
1923 Falmouth Byron H. Parker
Frank Silva
1924 Osterville Arthur "Dutch" Ayer [23] [24]
1925 Osterville Joe Murphy [25]
1926 Hyannis /
Freddie Moncewicz
John "Dot" Whelan
[26] [27]
[28] [29]
1927 Hyannis Freddie Moncewicz [30] [31]
1928 Osterville Eddie McGrath [32]
1929 Falmouth Lynn Wells [33]
1930 Wareham Harry Noznesky [34]
1931 Falmouth Jack Walsh [35]
1932 Falmouth Jack Walsh [36]
1933 Harwich Joe Harraghy 3–0 Falmouth Jack Walsh [37]
1934 Barnstable Pete Herman [38]
1935 Falmouth Jack Walsh 3–2 Barnstable Pete Herman [39]
1936 Bourne Larry Donovan [40]
1937 Barnstable Pete Herman [41]
1938 Falmouth Bill Boehner [42]
1939 Falmouth Buzz Harvey [43]
Championships by Team, 1923–1939
Team Won Championship
Falmouth 7 1923, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1935,
1938, 1939
Osterville 4 1924, 1925, 1926, 1928
Hyannis 2 1926, 1927
Barnstable 2 1934, 1937
Wareham 1 1930
Harwich 1 1933
Bourne 1 1936

* During the 1923–1939 era, postseason playoffs were a rarity. In most years, the regular season pennant winner was simply crowned as the league champion.
However, there were four years in which the league split its regular season and crowned separate champions for the first and second halves. In two of those
seasons (1936 and 1939), a single team won both halves and was declared overall champion. In the other two split seasons (1933 and 1935), a postseason
playoff series was contested between the two half-season champions to determine the overall champion.

Championships by Season, 1946–1962
Year Winning
Manager Games Losing
Manager Ref
1946 Falmouth John DeMello 2–1 Harwich [44] [45]
1947 Orleans Herb Fuller 2–0 Mashpee [46]
1948 Mashpee 2–0 Orleans Herb Fuller [47]
1949 Orleans Laurin Peterson Falmouth Willard E. Boyden [48]
1950 Orleans Laurin Peterson Sagamore George Karras [49]
1951 Sagamore George Karras 3–2 Orleans Laurin Peterson [50] [51]
1952 Orleans Laurin Peterson 3–0 Sagamore George Karras [52]
1953 Orleans Laurin Peterson 3–0 Sagamore George Karras [53]
1954 Sagamore George Karras Orleans Laurin Peterson [54]
1955 Orleans Laurin Peterson Cotuit Cal Burlingame [55]
1956 Sagamore Manny Pena 2–0 Dennis Bren Taylor [56]
1957 Orleans Laurin Peterson 2–0 Wareham [57]
1958 Yarmouth John Halunen 2–0 Sagamore Manny Pena [58]
1959 Sagamore Manny Pena 2–0 Orleans Laurin Peterson [59]
1960 Yarmouth John Halunen 2–1 Sagamore Manny Pena [60]
1961 Cotuit Jim Hubbard 2–1 Yarmouth John Halunen [61]
1962 Cotuit Jim Hubbard 2–0 Harwich [62] [63]
Championships by Team, 1946–1962
Team Won Championship
Orleans 7 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953,
1955, 1957
Sagamore 4 1951, 1954, 1956, 1959
Cotuit 2 1961, 1962
Yarmouth 2 1958, 1960
Falmouth 1 1946
Mashpee 1 1948
Championships by Season, 1963–present
Year Winning Team Manager Games Losing Team Manager Playoff MVP Ref
1963 Cotuit Jim Hubbard 2–0 Orleans Dave Gavitt Not Awarded [64] [65]
1964 Cotuit Jim Hubbard 3–1 Chatham Joe "Skip" Lewis Not Awarded [66] [67]
1965 Sagamore Lou Lamoriello 3–2 Chatham Joe "Skip" Lewis Not Awarded
1966 Falmouth Bill Livesey 3–1 Chatham Joe "Skip" Lewis Not Awarded
1967 Chatham Joe "Skip" Lewis 2–0–1 Falmouth Bill Livesey Not Awarded [68] [69] [70]
1968 Falmouth Bill Livesey 3–1 Harwich John Carroll Not Awarded [71]
1969 Falmouth Bill Livesey 2–1 Chatham Joe "Skip" Lewis Not Awarded [72] [73]
1970 Falmouth Bill Livesey 2–0 Orleans Tony Williams Not Awarded [74] [75]
1971 Falmouth Bill Livesey 3–2 Orleans Tony Williams Not Awarded [76]
1972 Cotuit Jack McCarthy 3–1 Chatham Ben Hays Not Awarded [77]
1973 Cotuit Jack McCarthy 3–1 Yarmouth Merrill "Red" Wilson Not Awarded [78] [79]
1974 Cotuit Jack McCarthy 3–2 Orleans Tom Yankus Not Awarded [80] [81] [82]
1975 Cotuit Jack McCarthy 3–2 Falmouth Jack Gillis Not Awarded [83] [84]
1976 Wareham Bill Livesey 3–2 Chatham Ed Lyons Not Awarded [85]
1977 Cotuit Jack McCarthy 3–2 Y-D Bob Stead Not Awarded [86] [87] [88]
1978 Hyannis Bob Schaefer 3–1 Harwich Don Prohovich Not Awarded [89] [90]
1979 Hyannis Bob Schaefer 3–1 Harwich Don Prohovich Not Awarded [91] [92] [93]
1980 Falmouth Al Worthington 3–2 Chatham Ed Lyons Not Awarded [94] [95] [96]
1981 Cotuit George Greer 3–1 Orleans Jack Donahue Not Awarded [97] [98]
1982 Chatham Ed Lyons 3–0 Hyannis Rich Magner Not Awarded [99] [100] [101]
1983 Harwich Steve Ring 3–2 Cotuit George Greer Not Awarded [102] [103]
1984 Cotuit George Greer 2–0 Wareham Mike Roberts Not Awarded [104]
1985 Cotuit George Greer 2–1 Chatham John Mayotte Grady Hall, Cotuit [105]
1986 Orleans John Castleberry 2–0 Cotuit George Greer Gary Alexander, Orleans [106]
1987 Harwich Bill Springman 2–1 Y-D Don Reed Charles Nagy, Harwich [107]
1988 Wareham Stan Meek 2–1 Orleans John Castleberry John Thoden, Wareham [108] [109]
Mo Vaughn, Wareham
1989 Y-D Don Reed 2–0 Hyannis Ed Lyons Mark Sweeney, Y-D [110] [111]
1990 Y-D Don Reed 2–1 Wareham Jim Fleming Kirk Piskor, Y-D [112] [113] [114]
1991 Hyannis Brad Kelley 2–0 Chatham Rich Hill Chad McConnell, Hyannis [115]
1992 Chatham Rich Hill 2–0 Cotuit Roger Bidwell Steve Duda, Chatham [116] [117] [118]
1993 Orleans Rolando Casanova 2–0 Wareham Don Reed Chris Ciaccio, Orleans [119] [120]
1994 Wareham Don Reed 2–0 Brewster Bill Mosiello Chris Boni, Wareham [121] [122]
1995 Cotuit Mike Coutts 2–1 Chatham John Schiffner Josh Paul, Cotuit [123] [124]
Josh Gandy, Cotuit
1996 Chatham John Schiffner 2–0 Falmouth Harvey Shapiro Jermaine Clark, Chatham [125] [126]
Keith Evans, Chatham
1997 Wareham Don Reed 2–0 Harwich Chad Holbrook Kevin Hodge, Wareham [127] [128]
1998 Chatham John Schiffner 3–2 Wareham Don Reed Matt Cepicky, Chatham [129] [130]
Ryan Earey, Chatham
1999 Cotuit Mike Coutts 2–1 Chatham John Schiffner Garrett Atkins, Cotuit [131] [132]
2000 Brewster Dave Lawn 2–0 Hyannis Tom O'Connell Jack Headley, Brewster [133] [134]
Pat Shine
2001 Wareham Cooper Farris 2–1 Chatham John Schiffner Aaron Hill, Wareham [135] [136] [137]
2002 Wareham Cooper Farris 2–1 Orleans Carmen Carcone Matt Kutler, Wareham [138]
2003 Orleans Carmen Carcone 2–0 Bourne Harvey Shapiro Cesar Nicolas, Orleans [139] [140]
2004 Y-D Scott Pickler 2–0 Falmouth Jeff Trundy Ryan Rohlinger, Y-D [141] [142]
Joshua Faiola, Y-D
2005 Orleans Kelly Nicholson 2–1 Bourne Harvey Shapiro Brad Meyers, Orleans [143] [144]
Emmanuel Burriss, Orleans
2006 Y-D Scott Pickler 2–1 Wareham Cooper Farris David Robertson, Y-D [145] [146] [147]
2007 Y-D Scott Pickler 2–0 Falmouth Jeff Trundy Trevor Holder, Y-D [148] [149] [150]
2008 Harwich Steve Englert 2–0 Cotuit Mike Roberts Jason Stidham, Harwich [151] [152]
Marc Fleury, Harwich
2009 Bourne Harvey Shapiro 2–0 Cotuit Mike Roberts Kyle Roller, Bourne [153] [154]
2010 Cotuit Mike Roberts 2–1 Y-D Scott Pickler Jordan Leyland, Cotuit [155]
2011 Harwich Steve Englert 2–0 Falmouth Jeff Trundy Mike Garza, Harwich [156] [157]
2012 Wareham Cooper Farris 2–1 Y-D Scott Pickler Kyle Schwarber, Wareham [158] [159] [160]
2013 Cotuit Mike Roberts 2–0 Orleans Kelly Nicholson Bradley Zimmer, Cotuit [161] [162]
2014 Y-D Scott Pickler 2–0 Falmouth Jeff Trundy Walker Buehler, Y-D [163] [164] [165]
Marcus Mastrobuoni, Y-D
2015 Y-D Scott Pickler 2–1 Hyannis Chad Gassman Ben Bowden, Y-D [166] [167]
Donnie Walton, Y-D
2016 Y-D Scott Pickler 2–1 Falmouth Jeff Trundy Kevin Smith, Y-D [168] [169] [170]
2017 Brewster Jamie Shevchik 2–1 Bourne Harvey Shapiro Nick Dunn, Brewster [171] [172] [173]
Hunter Bishop, Brewster
2018 Wareham Don Sneddon 2–0 Chatham Tom Holliday Austin Shenton, Wareham [174] [175]
2019 Cotuit Mike Roberts 2–0 Harwich Steve Englert Casey Schmitt, Cotuit [176] [177]
2020 Season cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
Championships by Team, 1963–present
Team Won Played Last Won Last Played
Cotuit 15 20 2019 2019
Wareham 8 13 2018 2018
Y-D* 8 13 2016 2016
Falmouth 6 14 1980 2016
Chatham 5 18 1998 2018
Orleans 4 12 2005 2013
Harwich 4 9 2011 2019
Hyannis 3 7 1991 2015
Brewster 2 3 2017 2017
Bourne 1 4 2009 2017
Sagamore † 1 1 1965 1965
* Includes records of predecessor Yarmouth Indians.
† Defunct.
Championships by Team, 1923–present
Team Won Championship Seasons
Cotuit 17 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975,
1977, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1995, 1999, 2010, 2013,
Falmouth 14 1923, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1935, 1938, 1939, 1946,
1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1980
Orleans 11 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1986,
1993, 2003, 2005
Y-D* 10 1958, 1960, 1989, 1990, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2014,
2015, 2016
Wareham 9 1930, 1976, 1988, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2012,
Hyannis 5 1926, 1927, 1978, 1979, 1991
Harwich 5 1933, 1983, 1987, 2008, 2011
Sagamore † 5 1951, 1954, 1956, 1959, 1965
Chatham 5 1967, 1982, 1992, 1996, 1998
Osterville † 4 1924, 1925, 1926, 1928
Barnstable † 2 1934, 1937
Bourne 2 1936, 2009
Brewster 2 2000, 2017
Mashpee † 1 1948
* Includes records of predecessor Yarmouth Indians.
† Defunct.
Championships by Manager, 1923–present
Manager Team Seasons as Manager Total
Championship Seasons
Scott Pickler Y-D 1998–2021 23* 6 2004, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016
Bill Livesey Falmouth
1965–1972 (Falmouth)
1976–1977 (Wareham)
10 6 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 (Falmouth)
1976 (Wareham)
Laurin Peterson Orleans 1949–1962 14 6 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1957
Jack McCarthy Cotuit 1970–1978 9 5 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977
Don Reed Y-D
1987–1990 (Y-D)
1991–1999 (Wareham)
13 4 1989, 1990 (Y-D)
1994, 1997 (Wareham)
Jim Hubbard Cotuit 1961–1969 9 4 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
Mike Roberts Wareham
1984, 2000 (Wareham)
2004–2021 (Cotuit)
19* 3 2010, 2013, 2019 (Cotuit)
Cooper Farris Wareham 2001–2004
14 3 2001, 2002, 2012
George Greer Cotuit 1979–1987 9 3 1981, 1984, 1985
Jack Walsh Falmouth 1931–1936 6 3 1931, 1932, 1935
Steve Englert Harwich 2003–2021 18* 2 2008, 2011
John Schiffner Chatham 1993–2017 25 2 1996, 1998
Mike Coutts Cotuit 1995–1996
5 2 1995, 1999
Bob Schaefer Bourne
1971–1972 (Bourne)
1978–1979 (Hyannis)
4 2 1978, 1979 (Hyannis)
John Halunen Yarmouth 1958–1963 6 2 1958, 1960
Manny Pena Sagamore 1956–1961 6 2 1956, 1959
George Karras Sagamore 1948–1954 7 2 1951, 1954
Pete Herman Chatham
1930–1931 (Chatham)
1933–1937 (Barnstable)
7 2 1934, 1937 (Barnstable)
Freddie Moncewicz Hyannis 1926–1927
4 2 1926, 1927
* Season count excludes 2020 CCBL season cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic.

The first CCBL All-Star Game took place in 1946, as a squad of Cape League stars battled a collection of Boston Red Sox tryout players. Throughout the Upper and Lower Cape League era (1946–1962), the two divisions routinely featured both intra-divisional all-star contests, as well as an annual inter-divisional CCBL All-Star Game. From 1957 to 1961, the CCBL All-Star Game was sponsored by P. Ballantine and Sons Brewing Company. Ballantine was a major advertising sponsor of the New York Yankees, and arranged for appearances at the CCBL festivities by Yankee alumni including Phil Rizzuto, Elston Howard, Whitey Ford, Moose Skowron, Bill Stafford, Eddie Lopat, and Mel Allen, as well as Brooklyn Dodgers great Roy Campanella.

As the league's modern era began, the All-Star Game continued to be contested between the CCBL's Upper Cape (western) and Lower Cape (eastern) divisions from 1963 to 1969. In 1963, an additional All-Star Game was played by a team from the CCBL against a team from the southeastern Massachusetts-based Cranberry League. The game was played at Keith Field in Sagamore, and the CCBL came out on top, 15–2.

From 1970 to 1987, a team of stars from the CCBL played an annual interleague All-Star Game against stars from the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL). The games were typically played at major league stadiums including Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium in New York, and Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium.

Since 1988, the All-Star Game has been contested between stars representing the CCBL's East and West divisions, and has also featured a pre-game home run hitting contest. The event is normally held at one of the CCBL home fields, though it returned to Fenway Park for a three-year stretch from 2009 to 2011.

All-Star Game Results, 1946–1962
Year Winning Team Score Venue Winning Pitcher Ref
1946 CCBL 9–5 Brooks Park [178] [179]
1947 Upper Cape 11–5 Keith Field [178] [180]
1948 Lower Cape 4–2 Brooks Park [178] [181]
1949 No inter-division game
1950 Lower Cape 13–4 Keith Field Bob Curtis, Harwich [178] [182]
1951 Upper Cape 5–3 Ezra Baker Field Charlie Eastman,
Falmouth (Falcons)
[183] [184]
1952 Lower Cape 8–4 Keith Field Tinker Meads, Eastham [178] [185]
1953 No inter-division game
1954 No inter-division game
1955 No inter-division game
1956 No inter-division game
1957 Upper Cape 6–5 Keith Field Cal Burlingame, Cotuit [186] [187] [188]
1958 Upper Cape 6–4 Ezra Baker Field Tom Harrington, Wareham [186] [189]
1959 TIE 9–9 Keith Field None [186] [190]
1960 Upper Cape 2–1 Ezra Baker Field Charlie Bunker, Cotuit [186] [191] [192]
1961 Upper Cape 5–4 Otis AFB Bob Butkus, Cotuit [186] [193] [194]
1962 Lower Cape 2–1 Brooks Park Tom Yankus, Orleans [186] [195]
All-Star Game Results, 1963–1969
Year Winning Team Score Venue Winning Pitcher Ref
1963 CCBL 15–2 Keith Field Bernie Kilroy, Cotuit [196]
1963 Upper Cape 10–5 Lowell Park [197] [198]
1964 Upper Cape 4–2 Veteran's Field Bud Knittel, Falmouth
1965 Upper Cape 10–9 Clem Spillane Field Steve Kadison, Falmouth
1966 Lower Cape 5–1 Guv Fuller Field Joe Jabar, Chatham
1967 Lower Cape 9–1 Eldredge Park Chuck Seelbach, Orleans [199]
1968 Upper Cape 3–0 Veteran's Field Dave Stone, Falmouth [200]
1969 Lower Cape 4–0 Whitehouse Field Hank Bunnell, Chatham [201]
All-Star Game Results, 1970–1987
Year Winning Team Score Venue Game MVP Winning Pitcher Ref
1970 CCBL 6–3 Yankee Stadium Not Awarded Paul Mitchell, Falmouth [202]
1971 CCBL 6–3 Veteran's Field Not Awarded Paul Mitchell, Falmouth [203]
1972* Falmouth Commodores 8–1 Guv Fuller Field Not Awarded Mike Flanagan, Falmouth [204]
1973 CCBL 13–7 Yankee Stadium Jim Riggleman, Falmouth Dave Schuler, Yarmouth [205]
1974 ACBL 4–2 Guv Fuller Field Tom Sohns, ACBL Jeff Albert, ACBL [206]
1975 CCBL 1–0 Fenway Park Steve Tipa, ACBL Kent Seaman, Yarmouth [207]
1976 CCBL 4–1 Yankee Stadium Steve Taylor, Chatham Steve Taylor, Chatham [208]
1977 CCBL 8–3 Fenway Park Steve Balboni, Y-D Brian Denman, Cotuit [209]
1978 Cancelled due to weather [210]
1979 CCBL 6–5 Fenway Park Ross Jones, Hyannis Ed Olwine, Hyannis [211]
1980 CCBL 10–9 Yankee Stadium Ron Darling, Cotuit Joe Pursell, Cotuit [212]
1981 TIE 4–4 Fenway Park Wade Rowdon, Orleans None [213]
1982 ACBL 5–2 Shea Stadium Bill Ashford, ACBL Bob Layne, ACBL [214]
1983 CCBL 6–2 Fenway Park Jamie Sims, ACBL Dennis Livingston, Wareham [215]
1984 CCBL 7–3 Veterans Stadium Mike Loggins, Harwich Joe Magrane, Harwich [216]
1985 CCBL 12–9 Fenway Park Ken Jackson, ACBL Mark Hatje, Y-D [217]
1986 CCBL 6–2 Shea Stadium Jack Armstrong, Wareham Tony Ariola, Cotuit [218]
1987 CCBL 10–1 Fenway Park Joe Hall, Y-D Andy Berg, Harwich [219]
All-Star Game Results, 1988–present
Year Winning
Score Venue East MVP † West MVP † Home Run Hitting
Contest Champion
1988 West (1–0–0 West) 4–3 Eldredge Park J.T. Bruett, Cotuit (MVP) Frank Thomas, Orleans [220]
Brian Ahern, Harwich (OP)
1989 East (1–1–0) 3–0 Eldredge Park Jim Austin, Harwich (MVP) Mike Thomas, Orleans [221]
Lance Dickson, Orleans (OP)
1990 West (2–1–0 West) 9–1 Eldredge Park Mark Smith, Wareham (MVP) Mike Gropusso, Orleans [222]
Larry Thomas, Y-D (OP)
1991 East (2–2–0) 7–4 Guv Fuller Field Will Scalzitti, Brewster Doug Hecker, Hyannis Chad McConnell, Hyannis [223]
1992 West (3–2–0 West) 3–1 Whitehouse Field Billy Wagner, Brewster Rick Ellstrom, Cotuit Todd Greene, Y-D [224]
1993 West (4–2–0 West) 9–3 Clem Spillane Field Geoff Blum, Brewster Roy Marsh, Wareham Scott Krause, Cotuit [225]
1994 West (5–2–0 West) 6–1 Eldredge Park Dan Kurtz, Harwich Boomer Whipple, Cotuit Todd Helton, Orleans [226]
1995 West (6–2–0 West) 4–0 Guv Fuller Field Gary Burnham, Orleans Dan Olson, Hyannis Dan Olson, Hyannis [227]
1996 TIE (6–2–1 West) 6–6 Red Wilson Field C.J. Ankrum, Brewster Kevin Nicholson, Wareham Eddy Furniss, Y-D [228]
1997 West (7–2–1 West) 5–4 McKeon Park Edmund Muth, Y-D Jason Edgar, Falmouth John Scheschuk, Cotuit [229]
1998 East (7–3–1 West) 3–2 Veteran's Field Matt Cepicky, Chatham Todd Donovan, Cotuit Matt Cepicky, Chatham [230]
1999 West (8–3–1 West) 6–4 Clem Spillane Field Mark Teixeira, Orleans Garrett Atkins, Cotuit Doc Brooks, Falmouth [231]
2000 East (8–4–1 West) 7–6 Cape Cod Regional
Technical High School
Ryan Stegall, Harwich Brian Stavisky, Hyannis Jason Cooper, Y-D [232]
2001 East (8–5–1 West) 10–1 Guv Fuller Field Russ Adams, Orleans Matt Murton, Wareham Jason Cooper, Y-D [233]
2002 West (9–5–1 West) 4–1 Whitehouse Field Tim Stauffer, Chatham Brian Snyder, Cotuit Matt Murton, Wareham [234]
2003 East (9–6–1 West) 3–1 Guv Fuller Field Garrett Mock, Y-D Sam Fuld, Hyannis Cesar Nicolas, Orleans [235]
2004 East (9–7–1 West) 13–0 Eldredge Park Frank Curreri, Y-D Dallas Buck, Falmouth Austin Easley, Bourne [236]
2005 East (9–8–1 West) 1–0 McKeon Park Colin Curtis, Orleans Daniel Bard, Wareham Aaron Bates, Brewster [237]
2006 East (9–9–1) 7–2 Red Wilson Field Josh Satin, Orleans Brad Chalk, Falmouth Mitch Moreland, Bourne [238] [239]
2007 East (10–9–1 East) 3–2 Clem Spillane Field Dennis Raben, Orleans Aaron Crow, Falmouth Luke Murton, Wareham [240]
2008 East (11–9–1 East) 8–6 Veteran's Field Grant Green, Chatham Ben Paulsen, Hyannis Angelo Songco, Orleans [241]
2009 West (11–10–1 East) 3–0 Fenway Park Chris Sale, Y-D Zack Cox, Cotuit Connor Powers, Harwich [242]
2010 West (11–11–1) 5–0 Fenway Park Caleb Ramsey, Y-D Zach Wilson, Wareham Paul Hoilman, Cotuit [243]
2011 East (12–11–1 East) 4–1 Fenway Park James Ramsey, Y-D Konner Wade, Wareham Richie Shaffer, Chatham [244]
2012 TIE (12–11–2 East) 1–1 Whitehouse Field Alex Blandino, Y-D Daniel Palka, Wareham JaCoby Jones, Harwich [245]
2013 East (13–11–2 East) 9–3 Red Wilson Field J. D. Davis, Chatham Kevin Cron, Falmouth Skyler Ewing, Hyannis [246]
2014 West (13–12–2 East) 5–0 Doran Park A.J. Murray, Chatham Ryan Perez, Hyannis Sal Annunziata, Harwich [247]
2015 East (14–12–2 East) 1–0 Clem Spillane Field Donnie Walton, Y-D Devin Smeltzer, Hyannis Logan Sowers, Wareham [248]
Ian Hamilton, Wareham
2016 West (14–13–2 East) 8–0 Veteran's Field B.J. Myers, Harwich Zach Rutherford, Hyannis Kameron Esthay, Hyannis [249]
2017 East (15–13–2 East) 5–3 Clem Spillane Field Jimmy Herron, Orleans Griffin Conine, Cotuit Stephen Scott, Orleans [250]
2018 West (15–14–2 East) 4–3 Whitehouse Field Reid Detmers, Brewster Spencer Brickhouse, Bourne Carter Aldrete, Orleans [251]
2019 East (16–14–2 East) 6–5 Eldredge Park Brett Auerbach, Brewster Matt McLain, Wareham Tyler Hardman, Brewster [252]
Gage Workman, Brewster
2020 Season cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
CCBL Hall of Fame Inductee
* Due to a scheduling conflict with the ACBL, the 1972 All-Star Game was contested between the CCBL all-stars and the defending league champion Falmouth Commodores. [253]
From 1988 to 1990, a single MVP and a single Outstanding Pitcher (OP) were named. Beginning in 1991, an MVP was named from each division.

The league annually presents several individual awards, including:

  • The Pat Sorenti MVP Award
  • The Robert A. McNeece Outstanding Pro Prospect Award
  • The BFC Whitehouse Outstanding Pitcher Award
  • The Russ Ford Outstanding Relief Pitcher Award
  • The Daniel J. Silva Sportsmanship Award
  • The Manny Robello 10th Player Award
  • The John J. Claffey Outstanding New England Player Award
  • The Thurman Munson Award for Batting Champion
Annual Award Winners, 1963–present
Year MVP Outstanding
Pro Prospect
Relief Pitcher
Sportsmanship 10th Player Outstanding
New Englander
Batting Champ
1963 Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Ken Voges
Chatham (.505)
1964 Ken Huebner
Not Awarded Bernie Kilroy
Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Harry Nelson
Bourne (.390)
1965 Ron Bugbee
Not Awarded Noel Kinski
Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded John Awdycki
Orleans (.407)
1966 Ed Drucker
Not Awarded Joe Jabar
Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Tom Weir
Chatham (.420)
1967 Thurman Munson
Not Awarded Joe Jabar
Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Thurman Munson
Chatham (.420)
1968 Dick Licini
Not Awarded Phil Corddry
Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Dick Licini
Bourne (.382)
1969 Jim Norris
Not Awarded Paul Mitchell
Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Jim Norris
Orleans (.415)
MVP Pro Prospect Pitcher Relief Pitcher Sportsmanship 10th Player New Englander Batting Champ
1970 Jim Prete
Not Awarded Paul Mitchell
Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Mike Eden
Orleans (.378)
1971 Joe Barkauskas
Not Awarded Bob Majczan
Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Ken Doria
Chatham (.346)
1972 Brad Linden
Not Awarded John Caneira
Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Not Awarded Ed Orrizzi
Falmouth (.372)
1973 Steve Newell
Not Awarded John Caneira
Not Awarded Jeff Washington
Not Awarded Not Awarded Dave Bergman
Chatham (.341)
1974 Phil Welch
Not Awarded Andy Muhlstock
Not Awarded Jim Foxwell
Not Awarded Not Awarded Pete Ross
Yarmouth (.357)
1975 Paul O'Neill
Not Awarded Jerry Hoffman
Not Awarded Ed Kuchar
Not Awarded Not Awarded Paul O'Neill
Cotuit (.358)
1976 Nat Showalter
Bobby Sprowl
Mickey O'Connor
Not Awarded Joe Gurascio
Not Awarded Not Awarded Nat Showalter
Hyannis (.434)
Steve Taylor
1977 Steve Balboni
Steve Balboni
Karl Steffen
Not Awarded Russ Quetti
Not Awarded Not Awarded Del Bender
Cotuit (.395)
Brian Denman
1978 Bill Schroeder
Bill Schroeder
Chuck Dale
Not Awarded Gary Cicatiello
Not Awarded Not Awarded Randy LaVigne
Cotuit (.370)
Randy LaVigne
1979 Ron Perry Jr.
Ross Jones
Walt Terrell
Not Awarded Gary Kaczor
Not Awarded Not Awarded Ross Jones
Hyannis (.407)
John McDonald
MVP Pro Prospect Pitcher Relief Pitcher Sportsmanship 10th Player New Englander Batting Champ
1980 Ron Darling
Ron Darling
Joe Pursell
Not Awarded Steve Lombardozzi
Not Awarded Not Awarded Brick Smith
Hyannis (.391)
Brick Smith
1981 John Morris
Wade Rowdon
Greg Myers
Not Awarded Joe Sickles
Not Awarded Not Awarded Sam Nattile
Falmouth (.443)
Gary Melillo
Jim Sherman
1982 Terry Steinbach
Gary Kanwisher
Scott Murray
Not Awarded Jeff Innis
Not Awarded Not Awarded Terry Steinbach
Cotuit (.431)
1983 Greg Lotzar
Cory Snyder
Dennis Livingston
Not Awarded Jim Howard
Not Awarded Not Awarded Greg Lotzar
Cotuit (.414)
1984 Joey Cora
Mike Loggins
Bill Cunningham
Not Awarded Tom Hildebrand
Not Awarded Not Awarded Jim McCollom
Falmouth (.413)
1985 Greg Vaughn
John Ramos
John Howes
Not Awarded Dan Arendas
Not Awarded Not Awarded Tim McIntosh
Chatham (.392)
Casey Close
1986 Scott Hemond
Cris Carpenter
Jack Armstrong
Not Awarded Jim DePalo
Scott Coolbaugh
Not Awarded Scott Hemond
Harwich (.358)
1987 Mickey Morandini
Robin Ventura
Pat Hope
Not Awarded Mike Hensley
Tom Aldrich
Not Awarded Mickey Morandini
Y-D (.376)
1988 Dave Staton
Chuck Knoblauch
John Thoden
Not Awarded Will Vespe
Steve O'Donnell
Not Awarded Chuck Knoblauch
Wareham (.361)
1989 Kurt Olson
Tyler Green
Mike Hostetler
Not Awarded Brian Bark
Bob Rivell
Not Awarded Bob Rivell
Bourne (.358)
MVP Pro Prospect Pitcher Relief Pitcher Sportsmanship 10th Player New Englander Batting Champ
1990 Mark Smith
Doug Glanville
Bill Wissler
Not Awarded Mark Sweeney
Chris Demetral
Not Awarded Mark Smith
Wareham (.408)
1991 Brent Killen
Derek Wallace
Bill Wissler
Brad Clontz
Craig Mayes
Jack Stanczak
Not Awarded Mike Hickey
Wareham (.366)
1992 Rick Ellstrom
Billy Wagner
John Kelly
Scott Smith
Lou Merloni
Steve Hirschman
Not Awarded Lou Merloni
Cotuit (.321)
1993 Jason Varitek
Chris Clemons
Andy Taulbee
Don Nestor
Paul Ottavinia
Nomar Garciaparra
Not Awarded Jason Varitek
Hyannis (.371)
1994 Darin Erstad
Dave Shepard
Bob St. Pierre
Scott Winchester
Karl Thompson
Matt Quattraro
Not Awarded Jon Petke
Y-D (.379)
1995 Josh Paul
Josh Paul
Eddie Yarnall
Brendan Sullivan
Scott Steinmann
Scott Sollmann
Not Awarded Josh Paul
Cotuit (.364)
Jason Ramsey
1996 Kevin Nicholson
Matt Anderson
Billy Coleman
Drew Fischer
Andre Champagne
Jermaine Clark
Not Awarded Lance Berkman
Wareham (.352)
Clint Chrysler
1997 Carlos Pena
Kip Wells
Brent Hoard
Chris Aronson
Carlos Pena
Alex Santos
Not Awarded Jason McConnell
Y-D (.345)
1998 Bobby Kielty
Kyle Snyder
Phil Devey
Tim Lavigne
Ben Johnstone
Jeff House
Not Awarded Bobby Kielty
Brewster (.384)
Jeff Heaverlo
1999 Lance Niekro
Mark Teixeira
Rik Currier
Derrick DePriest
Curtis Sapp
James Ramshaw
Not Awarded Jaime Bubela
Wareham (.370)
Pat Pinkman
MVP Pro Prospect Pitcher Relief Pitcher Sportsmanship 10th Player New Englander Batting Champ
2000 Mike Fontenot
Bob Brownlie
Dan Krines
Taft Cable
Bryan Prince
John Baker
Not Awarded Steve Stanley
Brewster (.329)
Ben Crockett
Dan Rich
2001 Matt Murton
Russ Adams
Chris Leonard
Ryan Speier
Bill Peavey
Adam Bourassa
Ben Crockett
Eric Reed
Wareham (.365)
2002 Pete Stonard
Wes Whisler
Brian Rogers
Zane Carlson
Ryan Hanigan
Ryan Hanigan
Ryan Hanigan
Pete Stonard
Cotuit (.348)
Shaun Marcum
2003 J.C. Holt
Wade Townsend
Eric Beattie
Jarrett Santos
Richard Mercado
Justin Maxwell
Chris Lambert
J.C. Holt
Brewster (.388)
2004 Daniel Carte
Tyler Greene
Matt Goyen
Kevin Whelan
Chris Robinson
Cliff Pennington
Frank Curreri
Ryan Patterson
Brewster (.327)
2005 Evan Longoria
Andrew Miller
Andrew Miller
Steven Wright
Joel Collins
Brad Lincoln
Tim Norton
Chris Coghlan
Chatham (.346)
Tim Norton
2006 Justin Smoak
Matt Wieters
Terry Doyle
Joshua Fields
Matt LaPorta
Andrew Walker
Charlie Furbush
Matt Mangini
Hyannis (.310)
Shaun Seibert
2007 Conor Gillaspie
Aaron Crow
Tom Milone
Nick Cassavechia
Shea Robin
Nate Freiman
Bill Perry
Conor Gillaspie
Falmouth (.345)
2008 A.J. Pollock
Grant Green
Nick McCully
Russell Brewer
Kevin Patterson
Andrew Giobbi
Ryan Quigley
Jimmy Cesario
Falmouth (.387)
2009 Kyle Roller
Todd Cunningham
Chris Sale
Tyler Burgoon
Pierre LePage
Pierre LePage
Mickey Wiswall
Todd Cunningham
Falmouth (.378)
MVP Pro Prospect Pitcher Relief Pitcher Sportsmanship 10th Player New Englander Batting Champ
2010 Kolten Wong
Tony Zych
Grayson Garvin
Tony Zych
Joe Panik
Clint Moore
Matt Watson
John Ruettiger
Hyannis (.369)
2011 Travis Jankowski
Victor Roache
Ryan Eades
Trevor Gott
Patrick Cantwell
Ben Waldrip
Nate Koneski
Stephen Piscotty
Y-D (.349)
2012 Phil Ervin
Sean Manaea
Sean Manaea
Dan Slania
Zak Blair
Jake Hernandez
Tyler Horan
Patrick Biondi
Y-D (.388)
2013 Max Pentecost
Jeff Hoffman
Lukas Schiraldi
Eric Eck
Connor Joe
Matt Troupe
Tommy Lawrence
Kevin Newman
Falmouth (.375)
2014 Kevin Newman
Phil Bickford
Kolton Mahoney
Phil Bickford
Anthony Hermelyn
A.J. Murray
Chris Shaw
Kevin Newman
Falmouth (.385)
Adam Whitt
2015 Nick Senzel
Nick Senzel
Mitchell Jordan
Austin Conway
Will Haynie
Johnny Adams
Aaron Civale
Andrew Calica
Wareham (.425)
Thomas Hackimer
2016 Ernie Clement
Michael Gigliotti
Jeff Passantino
Garrett Cave
Johnny Adams
Austin Filiere
Willy Yahn
Cole Freeman
Wareham (.374)
2017 Greyson Jenista
Griffin Conine
Kris Bubic
Riley McCauley
Joshua Breaux
Marty Bechina
Mickey Gasper
Tanner Dodson
Wareham (.350)
Ryan Feltner
2018 Matthew Barefoot
J.J. Bleday
Adam Laskey
Dylan Thomas
Maverick Handley
Andre Lipcius
Justin Lasko
Matthew Barefoot
Hyannis (.379)
Jacob Wallace
2019 Nick Gonzales
Austin Wells
Ian Bedell
Zachary Brzykcy
Max Troiani
Austin Masel
Jared Shuster
Zach DeLoach
Falmouth (.353)
2020 Season cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
CCBL Hall of Fame Inductee

Individual season records below are for a 42-game regular season from 1963 to 1987 and a 44-game regular season from 1988–present.
Aluminum bats were used from 1975 through 1984.

Individual batting, season (1963–present) Edit

Batting Average (AVG)
AVG Player Year
.505 Ken Voges, Chatham 1963
.443 Sam Nattile, Falmouth 1981
.434 Nat "Buck" Showalter, Hyannis 1976
.431 Terry Steinbach, Cotuit 1982
.425 Andrew Calica, Wareham 2015
.420 Thurman Munson, Chatham 1967
.420 Tom Weir, Chatham 1966
Home Runs (HR)
HR Player Year
22 Cory Snyder, Harwich 1983
16 Tyler Horan, Wareham 2012
16 Dave Staton, Brewster 1988
16 Tim Teufel, Cotuit 1979
15 Jim McCollom, Falmouth 1984
15 Bill Schroeder, Hyannis 1978
Runs Batted In (RBI)
RBI Player Year
54 Doug Fisher, Falmouth 1984
54 Terry Steinbach, Cotuit 1982
52 Mike Lopez, Wareham 1982
52 Tim Teufel, Cotuit 1979
51 Chris Morgan, Hyannis 1983
At Bats (AB)
AB Player Year
191 Paul Ottavinia, Chatham 1993
189 Don Samra, Wareham 1983
188 Warner Jones, Wareham 2004
186 Warner Jones, Wareham 2003
Runs Scored (R)
R Player Year
50 John Morris, Wareham 1981
48 Tim Teufel, Cotuit 1979
47 Cory Snyder, Harwich 1983
47 Ron Perry Jr., Hyannis 1979
Base Hits (H)
H Player Year
75 Terry Steinbach, Cotuit 1982
70 Sam Nattile, Falmouth 1981
70 Rod Peters, Harwich 1981
69 Mark Smith, Wareham 1990
69 Ron Perry Jr., Hyannis 1979
Doubles (2B)
2B Player Year
19 Dan Olson, Hyannis 1994
19 Walt Weiss, Wareham 1984
18 Kevin Nicholson, Wareham 1996
18 Terry Steinbach, Cotuit 1982
Triples (3B)
3B Player Year
8 Bruce Thompson, Hyannis 1993
8 Ed Drucker, Harwich 1966
7 Travis Jankowski, Bourne 2011
7 Jeff Groth, Chatham 1978
Stolen Bases (SB)
SB Player Year
48 Roy Marsh, Wareham 1993
47 Jeremy Carr, Chatham 1992
43 Mickey Morandini, Y-D 1987
42 Billy Rapp, Wareham 1986

Individual pitching, season (1963–present) Edit

Wins (W)
W Player Year
11 Pat Hope, Hyannis 1987
10 Noel Kinski, Sagamore 1965
9 (12 players tied)
Strikeouts (SO)
SO Player Year
126 Paul Mitchell, Falmouth 1969
122 Dan O'Brien, Chatham 1974
120 Bill Fuller, Chatham 1972
119 John Caneira, Bourne 1972
118 John Caneira, Chatham 1973
Earned Run Average (ERA)
ERA Player Year
0.21 Mitchell Jordan, Orleans 2015
0.21 Eric Milton, Falmouth 1996
0.39 Shaun Seibert, Brewster 2006
0.39 Eric Beattie, Bourne 2003
0.40 Brian Rogers, Orleans 2002
0.43 Jonathan Gonzalez, Wareham 2000
0.45 Ed Baird, Chatham 1965
0.55 Kyle Schmidt, Bourne 2003
Minimum 34 innings pitched
Games (G)
G Player Year
30 Jeff Innis, Cotuit 1982
29 Ryan Cahalan, Cotuit 2004
29 Mike Dennison, Bourne 2001
27 Donnie Bivens, Y-D 1996
Innings Pitched (IP)
IP Player Year
123 Walt Terrell, Chatham 1979
115 Pat Hope, Hyannis 1987
111 John Caneira, Bourne 1972
110 Dan O'Brien, Chatham 1974
110 Oz Griebel, Harwich 1970
Saves (SV)
SV Player Year
16 Ryan Speier, Bourne 2001
15 Derrick DePriest, Chatham 1999
13 Josh Fields, Y-D 2006
13 Clint Chrysler, Wareham 1996
13 Drew Fischer, Brewster 1996
13 Scott Winchester, Falmouth 1994

No-hit games Edit

Year Pitcher Team Opponent Score Location Notes Ref
1909 Arthur Staff Hyannis Quartermasters of Boston 8–1 [254]
1915 Walt Whittaker Falmouth Oak Bluffs 6–0 Central Park Field [255]
1916 Ed Gill Hyannis Falmouth 3–0 [256]
1917 Ed Gill Hyannis Rockland 2–0 [257]
1917 Charles Zeigler Falmouth Romar A.A. of Dorchester 5–0 [258] [259]
1922 Franklin Bearse Osterville Middleboro 10–1 West Bay Field [260]
1937 Norman Merrill Barnstable Bourne 5–0 [41]
1947 Roche Pires Falmouth Bourne 5–1 [178]
1947 Roche Pires Falmouth Sandwich 15–0 [178]
1948 Ed Peterson Falmouth Sandwich 5–0 5-inning game [178] [261]
1948 Jack Cunningham Bourne Sandwich 4–0 [178]
1948 Bob Johnson Chatham Yarmouth 5–0 [262] [178]
1949 Johnny Drew Osterville Cotuit 2–0 [178]
1949 Bob Burgess Brewster Harwich Cape Verdeans 6–0 [178]
1949 Copeland Rogers Barnstable Otis AFB 1–0 [178]
1950 Roche Pires Falmouth Maritime 7–0 7-inning game [263]
1950 Lefty Morrison Otis AFB Osterville 6–0 [178]
1950 Charlie Jones Chatham Harwich Cape Verdeans 9–0 [178]
1951 Carlos Penzi Barnstable Falmouth (Falcons) 0–1 Combined
Lost game
Jackie Gomez
1951 Ron Roth Cotuit Falmouth (Falcons) 4–0 Central Park Field [264]
1952 Jack McCarthy Falmouth Falmouth (Falcons) 2–1 Central Park Field Not to be confused with CCBL HOF'er Jack McCarthy [178] [265]
1952 Ted Reynolds Yarmouth North Truro AFS 9–0 [178]
1952 Jim Patterson Sagamore Cotuit 7–2 [178]
1953 Cal Burlingame Yarmouth Chatham 4–1 [178]
1953 Jim Patterson Sagamore Wareham 5–2 [178]
1953 Bill Palmer Eastham Harwich 4–0 [178]
1953 Jack Sanford Sagamore Falmouth (Falcons) 12–0 Central Park Field [266]
1953 Jim Patterson Sagamore Mashpee 8–0 [178]
1954 Cal Burlingame Yarmouth Eastham 1–0 [178]
1954 Roy Bruninghaus Orleans Yarmouth 4–0 Perfect game [178]
1954 Dick Smith Sagamore Mashpee 3–0 [178]
1955 Larry Cumming Sagamore Wareham 3–0 [186]
1955 Jack Sanford Sagamore Cotuit 6–0 [186]
1956 John Linnell Orleans Brewster 8–0 [186]
1957 Jerry Rood Yarmouth Brewster 2–0 [186]
1957 Jerry Glynn Chatham Dennis 7–0 [186]
1957 Tom Kraus Otis AFB Maritime 4–0 [267]
1959 Russ Nixon Sagamore Maritime 10–0 [186]
1960 Charlie Richards Dennis Chatham 9–0 [186]
1961 Johnny Coburn Wareham Maritime 6–0 [186]
1961 Bernie Kilroy Cotuit Maritime 12–0 [186]
1961 Dick Cassani Yarmouth Orleans 3–0 Playoff game [268]
1962 John Bouzan Orleans Yarmouth 3–0 [186]
1962 Frank Kashita Chatham Yarmouth 6–0 [186]
1963 Chuck Richards Orleans Otis AFB 5–1 [198]
1963 Don Antonangeli Harwich Yarmouth 4–0 [198]
1963 Bob Butkus Cotuit Wareham 0–0 7-inning game
Tie game
1964 Don Gagner Wareham Otis AFB 24–0 [198]
1964 Bob Fenton Yarmouth Otis AFB 3–0 [198]
1964 Fran Walsh Chatham Sagamore 5–0 [198]
1964 Ray Hartmann Orleans Otis AFB 17–0 [198]
1964 Bud Knittel Falmouth Wareham 1–0 Clem Spillane Field [198]
1964 Frank Ward Sagamore Wareham 0–2 Clem Spillane Field Combined
Lost game
Jack Clough
1965 Carl Boteze Falmouth Wareham 19–0 [198]
1965 Tom Yankus Orleans Yarmouth 4–0 [269] [198]
1966 Len Sheflott Falmouth Sagamore 3–0 6-inning game [270]
1966 Don Wieland Chatham Yarmouth 10–0 5-inning game [270]
1966 Noel Kinski Falmouth Wareham 16–0 6-inning game
Gordy Engstrom
1967 Chuck Seelbach Orleans Chatham 1–1 Eldredge Park 7-inning game
Tie game
[198] [271]
1967 John Heffron Falmouth Wareham 4–0 [198]
1967 Don Gabriel Chatham Harwich 6–1 Veteran's Field Caught by Thurman Munson [198] [272]
1967 Jim Courier Cotuit Falmouth 6–1 [198] [273]
1967 Doug Smith Cotuit Wareham 8–1 [270]
1967 Joe Lasorsa Harwich Yarmouth 2–0 5-inning game [198]
1967 Ron Drews Falmouth Bourne 6–0 7-inning game [270]
1967 Bill Pettingell Yarmouth Bourne 5–0 [198] [274]
1968 Ron Soucie Cotuit Bourne 1–2 Lost game [198]
1968 Stan Thomas Yarmouth Chatham 2–0 [198]
1969 Ed Szado Cotuit Bourne 5–0 [275] [276]
1970 Fred Thatcher Yarmouth Chatham 4–3 Combined [277]
Brian Martin
1971 Jim Jachym Falmouth Cotuit 3–0 [277]
1971 Mike Pazik Orleans Harwich 6–0 [278]
1971 Rick Burley Cotuit Harwich 2–0 [279]
1971 Russ Peach Falmouth Yarmouth 3–0 [280]
1973 Fred Stewart Chatham Harwich 2–1 [277]
1985 Bob O'Brien Orleans Cotuit 8–0 Eldredge Park [270] [281]
1987 Dave Fitzgerald Cotuit Harwich 6–0 [270]
1987 Pat Hope Hyannis Wareham 10–0 Perfect game [282]
1991 Steve Duda Chatham Y-D 5–0 [283]
1991 Richard King Hyannis Wareham 3–0 Playoff game
caught by Jason Varitek
1993 Matt Morris Hyannis Falmouth 4–0 6-inning game
caught by Jason Varitek
1994 Mark Watson Y-D Harwich 6–0 [285]
1996 Eric Milton Falmouth Orleans 2–0 Eldredge Park [282] [286]
1996 Josh Gandy Cotuit Wareham 1–0 [287]
1998 Hank Thoms Y-D Orleans 6–0 Eldredge Park [286]
2000 Jon Steitz Orleans Brewster 7–2 6-inning game [288] [289]
2000 Pete Dunkle Brewster Bourne 7–0 Combined [288]
Mike Sollie
2002 Joe Little Cotuit Chatham 9–1 Lowell Park Combined [290]
Jarred Stuart
Kevin Ool
Josh Banks
2002 Jim Brauer Y-D Chatham 7–0 Veteran's Field [291]
2006 Terry Doyle Y-D Chatham 2–0 Red Wilson Field [292]
2006 Charlie Furbush Hyannis Bourne 14–0 Doran Park [293]
2006 Kris Dobrowiecki Falmouth Bourne 5–0 Doran Park 8-inning game
Sean Morgan
Brandon Copp
Sam Demel
2007 Matt Daly Hyannis Wareham 4–1 McKeon Park [295]
2008 Nick McCully Bourne Orleans 2–0 Perfect game
5-inning game
[296] [297]
2009 Chad Bell Cotuit Chatham 8–2 Veteran's Field Caught by Cameron Rupp [298]
2010 Jordan Pries Y-D Orleans 2–0 Eldredge Park [299]
2012 Jeff Thompson Bourne Harwich 9–0 Doran Park 6-inning game [300]
2013 Austin Gomber Bourne Cotuit 8–0 Lowell Park Combined [301]
Josh Laxer
Ryan Harris
2015 Devin Smeltzer Hyannis Harwich 5–0 Whitehouse Field [302]
2016 Peter Solomon Harwich Chatham 10–0 Veteran's Field Combined [303]
Zach Schellenger
Tommy DeJuneas
Nick Brown
2018 Mitchell Senger Orleans Brewster 3–2 Stony Brook Field Combined [304]
Aaron Ochsenbein
2018 Zack Hess Harwich Bourne 1–0 Whitehouse Field 7-inning game
Kyle Brnovich
Joe La Sorsa
2019 Jacob Palisch Harwich Orleans 2–0 Eldredge Park 7-inning game [306]
2019 Nick Dombkowski Bourne Y-D 6–0 Doran Park Perfect game
5-inning game
[307] [308]
2019 Connor McCullough Harwich Chatham 1–0 Veteran's Field Playoff game
Joe Boyle
CCBL Hall of Fame Inductee
League Presidents
Years in Office Name Ref
1968–1970 Charles F. Moore [310] [311]
1970–1971 Elwood C. Kastner [311] [312]
1972–1976 Robert A. McNeece [312] [313] [314] [315]
1976–1977 Mike Curran [314] [316] [317]
1978–1983 Russ Ford [316] [318] [319]
1983–1986 Dick Sullivan [318] [320] [319]
1986–1987 Chuck Smith [320] [321]
1988–1989 Dave Mulholland [322] [323]
1989–1991 John Claffey [323] [324]
1991–2015 Judy Walden Scarafile [325] [326] [327] [328]
2015–present Chuck Sturtevant [329] [269]
League Commissioners
Years in Office Name Ref
1962–1968 Danny Silva [330] [331] [332]
1968–1970 Bernie Kilroy [331] [333] [319]
1970–1972 Larry Upton [334] [312]
1973–1974 George Manfredi [335] [336]
1974 Robert Kessler [336]
1975–1978 Dick Sullivan [337] [338] [319]
1978–1982 G. Arthur Hyland [339] [338]
1983 Archie Allen [340] [318]
1983–1996 Fred Ebbett [318] [341] [342] [343]
1996–1998 Dick Marr [342] [344]
1999–2003 Bob Stead [345] [346] [347]
2003–2019 Paul Galop [347] [348] [349] [350]
2019–present Eric Zmuda [349]
CCBL Hall of Fame Inductee

The CCBL Hall of Fame and Museum is a history museum and hall of fame honoring past players, coaches, and others who have made outstanding contributions to the CCBL. [351] Since its inaugural class in 2000, the Hall of Fame has held annual inductions of new members, enshrining over 160 members to date.

Originally opened to the public in 2003 at the Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, [352] the Hall of Fame and Museum moved in 2008 to the lower level of the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum in Hyannis, Massachusetts. [353] 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. [354]

  • 2000 – Dick Bresciani Bill Enos Mike Flanagan Ed Lyons Lennie Merullo Thurman Munson Arnold Mycock Jeff Reardon Danny Silva Frank Thomas Mo Vaughn Merrill "Red" Wilson [332]
  • 2001 – Cal Burlingame Fred Ebbett Darin Erstad Chuck Knoblauch Tony Plansky Terry Steinbach Robin Ventura[343]
  • 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[319]
  • 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 [328]
  • 2004 – Roy Bruninghaus Bob Butkus John Caneira Will Clark Pat Hope Eric Milton Jim Norris Don Reed Dave Staton Tello Tontini [282]
  • 2005 – Mike Curran Bobby Kielty Mickey Morandini Sam Nattile Pat Pacillo Manny Pena Jack Sanford Tim Teufel John Thoden Ken Voges [317]
  • 2006 – Steve Balboni Rik Currier Steve Duda Jim Hubbard Ross Jones Greg Lotzar Lance Niekro Josh Paul Allen (Buzzy) Wilcox [355]
  • 2007 – Del Bender Scott Hemond Dick Licini John Morris Steve Saradnik Bob Schaefer Walt Terrell Jack Walsh John Wylde [356][357]
  • 2008 – Derrick DePriest Bob Hansen Jeff Innis Robert A. McNeece Matt Murton Roche Pires Ben Sheets Mike Stenhouse[315]
  • 2009 – Mark Angelo John Awdycki Zane Carlson Lou Lamoriello Joe “Skip” Lewis Joe Magrane Art Quirk Bill Schroeder Pie Traynor Greg Vaughn[358]
  • 2010 – David Aardsma Casey Close Jack Cressend Peter Ford Wayne Granger Tom Grieve Mike Loggins Lou Merloni Steve Robbins Tom Weir [359]
  • 2011 – David Bush Doug Fisher Scott Kamieniecki Mike Lowell Paul O'Neill Mark Smith Eric Wedge Bill Wissler [360]
  • 2012 – John “Jack” Aylmer Billy Best John Carroll Dan DeMichele Danny “Deacon” MacFayden Andrew Miller Laurin “Pete” Peterson Jim Sherman [10]
  • 2013 – Garrett Atkins Daniel Carte Merrill Doane Ed Drucker Mickey O'Connor Jim Prete Ryan Speier Matt Wieters[361]
  • 2014 – Eric Beattie Phil Corddry Sam Fuld Donald Hicks Sr. Bob St. Pierre [362]
  • 2015(None)
  • 2016 – J.C. Holt Warner Jones Jim McCollom Mark Petkovsek Kyle Roller Kolten Wong[363]
  • 2017 – Joey Cora Dennis Long Justin Masterson Tim McIntosh Steve Newell Jeremy Sowers Chuck Sturtevant Tom Yankus [269]
  • 2018 – Arthur "Ace" Adams Barbara Ellsworth Peter Gammons Craig Hansen John Schiffner Mark Sweeney[364]
  • 2019 – Paul Galop Conor Gillaspie Brad Linden Chris Overman Scott Pickler Kyle Schwarber Shaun Seibert Nick Zibelli [350]
  • 2020 – Charles P. "Buzz" Bowers Bob Corradi Tyler Horan Harry Nelson Kevin Newman, Cliff Pennington, Harvey Shapiro Sol Yas [365]

The following former CCBL players have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

In addition to the player inductees below, Cooperstown also honored longtime CCBL president Judy Walden Scarafile in 2010 by featuring her in the museum's Diamond Dreams exhibit, which highlights stories of pioneering women in baseball. [366] [367] [368]

Community Reviews

For anyone curious to know more about the history of Cape Cod and its towns, I can highly recommend this Michener-like historic novel. A great summer beach read!

It weaves Puritan family history and actual historic events and people to give one a great sense of both time and place through the past three centuries on the Cape.

I plan on keeping this book as a travel reference and to re-read it in the future to bring a deeper understanding of both what is and previously "was", as I further explore a For anyone curious to know more about the history of Cape Cod and its towns, I can highly recommend this Michener-like historic novel. A great summer beach read!

It weaves Puritan family history and actual historic events and people to give one a great sense of both time and place through the past three centuries on the Cape.

I plan on keeping this book as a travel reference and to re-read it in the future to bring a deeper understanding of both what is and previously "was", as I further explore and come to know the Cape Cod towns: Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans Brewster, Harwich, Chatham, Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Sandwich, Mashpee, Sandwich, Bourne and Falmouth. . more

Its not often i read a book over and over again. But this one is the exception. have just finished this book for the 6th time since it was published, and yet again, fropm the very first page i am transported smack into the story.
it starts with ann amazing begining that drew me into a time on the Cape a thousand years before the pilgrams into the mind of an great pilot whale and then threw the pilgrams and well lets just say it seamlessly goes from them to the present and back again. maaking one Its not often i read a book over and over again. But this one is the exception. have just finished this book for the 6th time since it was published, and yet again, fropm the very first page i am transported smack into the story.
it starts with ann amazing begining that drew me into a time on the Cape a thousand years before the pilgrams into the mind of an great pilot whale and then threw the pilgrams and well lets just say it seamlessly goes from them to the present and back again. maaking one feel the times and people , always feeling the cape the times the indians , the growth of America.
i cant say enough about this book, i can only say i know ill read it again and again in the future.

William Martin is a fantastic author ! Backbay is another as are most of his books
Read it for once chapter and youll see, youll not be able to put it down
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Why is William Martin not a bigger name in the book world?

I found Cape Cod at a library sale and picked it up for almost nothing, which turned out to be an even bigger bargain than I expected. This is a "wow" story. Starting with the docking of the Mayflower and running through to the mid Eighties, Cape Cod follows the line of two families already divided by thought and principles as they waited to be able to land and then as they settled to raise generations of new Americans.

The story is told i Why is William Martin not a bigger name in the book world?

I found Cape Cod at a library sale and picked it up for almost nothing, which turned out to be an even bigger bargain than I expected. This is a "wow" story. Starting with the docking of the Mayflower and running through to the mid Eighties, Cape Cod follows the line of two families already divided by thought and principles as they waited to be able to land and then as they settled to raise generations of new Americans.

The story is told intricately and thoroughly with many, many very real characters and real events mixed into the fiction well enough it would be easy to believe every bit of the story actually happened. It is easy to get lost in so many characters, but the genealogy line at the beginning can help that (if you remember it's there). It's a long epic read, but very well worth the time.

I highly recommend it to all Americans and to anyone who wants to better understand America's beginnings. History does, indeed, repeat itself and echo from its past.

But James Otis carried the day, beginning straight after dinner and concluding at six o'clock by the chime of the Old South bell. From exordium to peroration, his voice never faltered, the stentorian strength of it seeming to carry all the way to Cape Cod.

He began by proclaiming, "I am determined, to my DYING DAY, to oppose, with all the powers and faculties God has given me, all such instruments of slavery on the one hand and villainy on the other as this Writ of Assistance is."

He concluded with the audience wrapt in silence. "Let the consequences be what they will, I am determined to proceed and to the call of my country am ready to sacrifice estate, health, ease, applause, and even life. The patriot and hero will do ever thus. And if brought to the trial, it will then be known how far I can reduce to practice principles which I know to be founded in truth."

The Writs of Assistance gave England the right to search and seize the colonists' property with no warrant as part of a crackdown on trade regulations.

The Bigelows and the Hilyards have lived on Cape Cod for going on four centuries, and they began getting on each other&aposs nerves while still on the Mayflower. William Martin, way back in 1992, wrote a saga about these families. Jack Hilyard is a nonconformist trouble maker, and Ezra Bigelow builds his life around what he perceives to be divine providence. Right down to the present day, their descendants have feuded about land, religion, race relations, money, independence, and whatever other issu The Bigelows and the Hilyards have lived on Cape Cod for going on four centuries, and they began getting on each other's nerves while still on the Mayflower. William Martin, way back in 1992, wrote a saga about these families. Jack Hilyard is a nonconformist trouble maker, and Ezra Bigelow builds his life around what he perceives to be divine providence. Right down to the present day, their descendants have feuded about land, religion, race relations, money, independence, and whatever other issue is important at the moment.

But it seems the Mayflower's captain, Christopher Jones, wrote a journal about the journey, and that pesky book has been appearing and disappearing ever since he returned to England. For Jones writes about the mysterious death of Governor Bradford's wife, and Ezra Bigelow was the last person to see her alive. What a coup it would be locate this priceless account the financial return alone would be fabulous, never mind that one of the feuding clans would finally have the last laugh on the other.

The historical sections of Cape Cod are well done, and the family stories are engaging, particularly because Martin has done his homework. The 20th century descendants, however, descend into squabbling and bickering about money, money, money. The old and new parts of the saga are presented alternately, and I found myself skipping the new stuff to return to the historical. Martin managed to steer clear of annoying anachonisms, and made it fun to learn about how people learned to survive and then thrive on the arm-shaped spit of land that juts off the eastern side of Massachusetts. . more

Reminiscent of the novels of James A. Michener, in style and scope, William Martin&aposs &aposCape Cod&apos is an excellent, exciting and entertaining read from start to finish filled with characters you&aposd love to meet.

Martin immediately joins my list of all time favorite storytellers. Now I&aposm anxious to read &aposBack Bay&apos and &aposHarvard Yard&apos.

3rd best-read of 2009 Reminiscent of the novels of James A. Michener, in style and scope, William Martin's 'Cape Cod' is an excellent, exciting and entertaining read from start to finish filled with characters you'd love to meet.

Martin immediately joins my list of all time favorite storytellers. Now I'm anxious to read 'Back Bay' and 'Harvard Yard'.

What a great story! We all know the story about the Mayflower from our childhood history lessons, that the Pilgrims (the God-fearing "saints") made the journey to North America to start life anew. In Cape Cod, Martin brings to light that there were more "seats" (my word) on the Mayflower than there were saints. So, to come up with the required funds to pay for the journey, passage “seats” were sold to others, the non-saints, called the strangers.

Martin pulls no punches in describing the vile and What a great story! We all know the story about the Mayflower from our childhood history lessons, that the Pilgrims (the God-fearing "saints") made the journey to North America to start life anew. In Cape Cod, Martin brings to light that there were more "seats" (my word) on the Mayflower than there were saints. So, to come up with the required funds to pay for the journey, passage “seats” were sold to others, the non-saints, called the strangers.

Martin pulls no punches in describing the vile and disgusting conditions -- endured by Saints and Strangers alike -- of that famous passage across the Atlantic, the stuff we weren't taught in school. That alone makes the book a worthwhile read.

But there’s more. Among the saints was a Bigelow, and among the strangers was a Hilyard. Both are diametrically opposed to one another. Martin takes us through an accurate historical review through the centuries that follows the Mayflower’s arrival at Provincetown (and then on to Plymouth Rock, if you want to know how it really went down). Through Martin’s tale, we get to watch the Bigelow and Hilyard families grow. We get to follow their lineage, through the formation of the United States, the American Civil war, and into the 20th century -- all of it on Cape Cod.

Oh, and one other detail: someone tragically and of course unexpectedly falls overboard from the deck of Mayflower to a watery death. Was it an accident or was it murder? The answer likely is in the captain’s log of the Mayflower. It is this log that becomes the centerpiece of obsession for both families throughout the generations because it could be proof of criminal activity, and could be the pivot point for a reversal of fortune.

If you live in New England, you’ll want to read Cape Cod. If you’ve ever been to Cape Cod, you’ll want to read Cape Cod. If you know where Cape Cod is, then read Cape Cod.
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"A nation built upon a lie needed its myths to remember its ideals."

This is a book I almost certainly would have never picked up on my own - it came to me by way of the annual Christmas Book Exchange I do with my friends. My friend who received it first made a big to-do about how it wasn&apost the kind of book he wanted, but then he read it, said it was actually really good and passed it to me. And now I&aposve read it. And it was really good!

It&aposs one of those fascinating hist "A nation built upon a lie needed its myths to remember its ideals."

This is a book I almost certainly would have never picked up on my own - it came to me by way of the annual Christmas Book Exchange I do with my friends. My friend who received it first made a big to-do about how it wasn't the kind of book he wanted, but then he read it, said it was actually really good and passed it to me. And now I've read it. And it was really good!

It's one of those fascinating historical novels that uses the story of a place that spans centuries to weave a fictional mystery. And since I'm told that I am, in fact, a distant descendant of one William Bradford, I had a personal stake in this particular tale. I didn't find the modern day sections of the book to be nearly as interesting as the historical parts (see also: Assassin's Creed) and when I got to those I inevitably ended up putting the book down for a little while. But, once I picked it up again I was easily able to read 100 pages or more without my mind wandering - an increasingly difficult feat for me in the era of smart phones. The writing was good and it was rewarding to see all the pieces of the mystery start to fall into place.

I could have done with 100% less violence against whales, but since Martin did his best to make even that come full circle with a positive spin in the end, I'm giving the book a historical pass.

Definitely recommended to people love the likes of John Jakes and Ken Follett - this is in a very similar vein. . more

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