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Ranking the Ballparks of the Cape Cod League

By Paul Baker -- August 26, 2014 7:58 AM EDT

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The Cape Cod League is considered by many baseball people to be the premier summer collegiate league in the country. One out of every seven major leaguers today spent some time on the Cape during their college years. The Cape League, which is partially funded by MLB, has roots that trace back all the way to the 1880's. The modern version of the league dates back to the 1940's, and has been the subject of many books over the years, as well as a movie or two. All the teams on Cape Cod enjoy strong ties with their communities and local businesses. Players travel from all corners of the country to play in the Cape League, spending the summer living with local families and working part time jobs during the day.

Stadium Journey visited all 10 Cape Cod League teams during the 2014 season, and we rank the various ballpark experiences here. Facilities are scored according to our FANFARE rating scale. Ties are broken by crowd ratings, and if still tied, internal discussions were held to break them. We now present to you Stadium Journey's 2014 ranking of the Cape Cod Baseball League's ballparks.

  1. McKeon Park - Home of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks

    If you are a baseball purist, you are going to love the atmosphere at a Harbor Hawks game. The between batter and between inning shenanigans that are present at so many minor league ballparks are absent here. You won't find wacky on field games and promotions in Hyannis. The PA guys try at times to be a little over the top, but it falls flat amongst the fans in attendance.

  2. Veterans Field - Home of the Chatham Anglers

    In a league full of unique parks, Chatham offers an experience that may top them all. It has a real vintage charm, and depending on where you sit at Veterans Field, you can enjoy a different experience. The view from the top of the outfield berm simply can't be beat. With three other teams located within a 20 minute drive, Chatham is a ballpark chaser's dream.

  3. Red Wilson Field - Home of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox

    Wilson Field is perhaps best known for their variation on the standard hamburger. Instead of using a regular bun, the folks at Wilson Field use Dunkin' Donuts as buns. The buns are sliced in half and grilled, then used in place of your traditional bun. Not only that, the donut burgers come in three varieties-glazed, jelly, and Boston crème. These burgers are legendary around the Cape League, and a must-have for many of the regulars at Wilson Field.

  4. Guv Fuller Field - Home of the Falmouth Commodores

    An argument can be made that Guv Fuller Field has the best surrounding neighborhood of all the Cape Cod League venues. It is located right on Main Street, close to Falmouth's bustling shopping district. This stretch of road contains a multitude of shops, restaurants, boutiques, and bars. It's a great place to spend some time either before or after a Commodores game. Located a short distance from Main Street in either direction are some of the most popular beaches on the Cape.

  5. Lowell Park - Home of the Cotuit Kettleers

    ‎The small village of Cotuit contains what is arguably one of the most picturesque baseball diamonds in Cape Cod. Located in the town of Barnstable, Lowell Park is named after Elizabeth Lowell, the daughter of George Jones, one of the co-founders of the New York Times. Mrs. Lowell donated the land that the ball field and adjoining park is located on. The Kettleers are the most successful team in Cape League history, having won the league championship 16 times in their long tenure.

  6. Eldredge Park - Home of the Orleans Firebirds

    ‎Eldredge Park, in Orleans, Massachusetts, is a uniquely designed ballpark. There is almost no permanent seating anywhere at the facility. Almost all the seating here is located on terraced hills that run the length of both baselines. Fans coming to watch the Firebirds play are encouraged to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs and pick out their favorite spots to watch the action.

  7. Stony Brook Field - Home of the Brewster Whitecaps

    ‎The Brewster Whitecaps have been a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League since 1988. They originally played their home games at a field located at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. There was one problem with this field; it was located in neighboring Harwich, not Brewster. The solution: build a field within the town limits. The town of Brewster chose a site adjacent to the Stony Brook Elementary School, one of two elementary schools in the town.

  8. Spillane Field - Home of the Wareham Gatemen

    Spillane Field is unique amongst Cape League venues in that it is comprised almost exclusively of bleacher seating. Absent are the large grassy areas where fans can spread out blankets or set up lawn chairs from which to catch the action.

  9. Whitehouse Field - Home of the Harwich Mariners

    After taking a short walk through the woods, fans will enter into Whitehouse Field. There will be a large set of bleachers located on either baseline. These bleachers consist of 12 long rows of wooden benches. They are popular places to sit, so if you want a good seat, get here early. Also, some of the boards are getting creaky, so step carefully. There are several smaller sets of bleachers scattered around Whitehouse Field. These bleachers are made of aluminum, and are brightly colored. Each row is painted red, blue, or green. You may hear children at Mariners games debating the merits of sitting on a blue row vs. a red row or a green row.

  10. Doran Park - Home of the Bourne Braves

    The Bourne Braves play in the league’s newest park, Doran Park, which opened behind the Upper Cape Regional Technical High School in 2006. Bourne has a lengthy baseball history dating all the way back to the 1860’s, and the Braves have played in the Cape Cod League since 1988, winning a league championship in 2009. Before moving to Doran Park, the Braves played at various sites in Bourne, including The Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Coady Field. The current field is dedicated to longtime Sagamore Beach resident and avid baseball fan George Doran Sr.

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