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The best free entertainment on Cape Cod

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he best free entertainment on Cape Cod? Grab a beach chair or a blanket and spend a warm summer evening under the stars watching the future stars who play in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Some of the best baseball you can see, America’s premier collegiate summer league, and incubator for some of the sport’s top pro players since it was founded in 1885, the Cape League counts among its alumni the likes of Mike Lowell, Mo Vaughn, Barry Zito, Nomar Garciaparra, Thurman Munson, Jason Varitek, “Buck” Showalter, Jacoby Ellsbury, and more than 200 players, or one in seven, now active in the major leagues. Yet few visitors seem to know about it, and the often sparse crowds at the games are mostly locals. Bring a beach chair and a blanket to spread out beside the field and watch this premier talent up close.

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The Cape Cod Baseball League has a little-known hall of fame in the John F. Kennedy Museum on Main Street in Hyannis, with uniforms, gloves bats, and balls signed by the many players who went pro.

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