04/21/2010 2:13 PM
Tickets go on sale for Cape League All-Star Game,
set for Fenway Park on July 28
BOSTON ----- Tickets are now on sale for the Cape Cod Baseball League, which is returning to Fenway Park for the second straight year, this summer playing its annual All-Star Game on July 28.
The family friendly event will feature a pre-game Home Run Derby, an autograph session with the all-stars, and a silent auction filled with baseball memorabilia. Discounted concession items will also be available. The game begins at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets are general admission and priced at only $10. To purchase tickets, fans can log on towww.redsox.com/capecod or call (877) REDSOX-9 beginning at noon on April 22. Fans with disabilities may call (877) REDSOX-9 to purchase accessible seating (while supplies last). The Red Sox’ TTY number for hearing-impaired fans is (617) 226-6644.
“Each summer, the Cape League All-Star Game is our premier showcase event,” Cape Cod League President Judy Walden Scarafile said. “It is eagerly anticipated by everyone connected with the league, especially our players and our many fans. Having it take place at Fenway, America’s Most Beloved Ballpark, is only fitting as we celebrate the 126th year of Cape Cod baseball. Last year’s event at Fenway, in spite of inclement weather, was a huge success. We are thrilled to be returning.”
This summer’s game at Fenway Park will be the 44th in the league’s “modern era” and the 23rd using the present East Division vs. West Division format, which began in 1988. Last year’s game drew 14,317 fans.
Prior to the East vs. West format, the Cape League All-Star game featured the entire Cape League All-Star roster on a single team against the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. In 1987, the Cape League All-Stars defeated the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League All-Stars, 10-1, at Fenway in the final installment of the CCBL-ACBL series and the last Cape League All-Star game hosted there prior to last summer. In all, seven meetings between the CCBL and ACBL All-Stars took place at Fenway from 1975 to 1987, with the Cape League winning six. The 1981 contest ended in a 4-4 tie.
The Cape League, founded in 1885, is celebrating its 126th season. The league traces its roots to July 4, 1885, when a “base ball” game was played in Sandwich between teams representing Sandwich and Barnstable (proclaimed on a poster in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown). The league’s so-called “modern era” began in 1963 with the merger of the former Upper Cape and Lower Cape leagues and the appointment of Daniel J. Silva as commissioner.
Since its inception, many Cape League alumni have gone on to the Major Leagues, including current Red Sox players Jason Varitek (Hyannis 1991, 1993), Kevin Youkilis (Bourne, 2000), Jacoby Ellsbury (Falmouth, 2004) and Mike Lowell (Chatham, 1994).