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Fascinating facts about the Cape Cod Baseball League

Find out which player once hit over .500, who holds the E.R.A. record, and how many bats get broken each year.

Jackie Bradley Jr. (from left), Nomar Garciaparra, Travis Shaw, and Jacoby Ellsbury are among the MLB players who spent time in the Cape League.

Bradley by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images; garciaparra by David Seelig/Allsport; shaw by Elsa/Getty Images; ellsbury by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Jackie Bradley Jr. (from left), Nomar Garciaparra, Travis Shaw, and Jacoby Ellsbury are among the MLB players who spent time in the Cape League.

Since 1885, the Cape Cod Baseball League has been the ultimate proving ground for the majors. The season starts June 10.

> 1 out of 6 . . . MLB players started in the Cape League, including Nomar Garciaparra, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Travis Shaw

10 TEAMS IN THE CAPE LEAGUE:

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Bourne Braves

Brewster Whitecaps

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Chatham Anglers

Cotuit Kettleers

Falmouth Commodores

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Harwich Mariners

Hyannis Harbor Hawks

Orleans Firebirds

Wareham Gatemen

Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox

> 30 — Number of players on each Cape League Team

> 15 — Number of players connected to the league drafted in the first or supplemental round of the MLB first-year draft, including Red Sox Jackie Bradley Jr. (Hyannis), Travis Shaw (Bourne), and Sox manager John Farrell (Hyannis)

> 1,100 — Total number of Major League players who have also played in the Cape League; Some 300 are currently on MLB rosters

> 103 — Age of Eldredge Park, home of the Orleans Firebirds and one of the oldest active ballparks in the country

> 550 — Approximate number of bats broken each season

CAPE LEAGUE RECORDS

> .505 — batting average (Ken Voges, Chatham, 1963)

> 22 — home runs (Cory Snyder, Harwich, 1983)

> 48 — Stolen bases (Roy Marsh, Wareham, 1993)

> 54 — Runs batted in (Doug Fisher, Falmouth, 1984)

> 0.21 — Lowest earned-run average for a pitcher, minimum of 34 innings (Mitchel Jordan, Orleans, 2015, and Eric Milton, Falmouth, 1996)

> 16 — Most championships won since 1963 (Cotuit Kettleers)

“Remember, you’re one step away from being paid to play baseball.” — Brian Dennehy as Chatham manager John Schiffner (Summer Catch, 2001)

SOURCE: Cape Cod Baseball League

MORE ON THE CAPE LEAGUE:

 My crazy summers as a Cape League host mom

 What it’s like to live and play in the Cape League

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