Summer College Baseball: A Great Way to See New England

By Robert Pirozzi, Travel New England

Picture of a baseball home plate

Picture of a baseball home plate

Every summer college baseball players all over the country head off to play summer ball in wooden bat summer college baseball leagues. For fans of the game, these games are a great way to see guys who will become the stars of tomorrow…

New England is no stranger to summer college baseball. There are no fewer than three leagues that field teams in across New England. The great thing about summer ball is that while taking in some of these games you can also visit some of the best vacation spots in the region!

Start on Cape Cod

Cape Cod, one of the country’s top vacation destinations, is also home to the famous Cape Cod Baseball League. Founded in 1885, the Cape Cod Baseball League has seen the likes of greats such as Nomar Garciaparra, Thurman Munson, Mark Texeira, and Jason Varitek. The league fields 10 teams across the Cape so you are never far from a game, and best of all – you’re on the Cape with great beaches and so much more summer fun…

Take a Side Trip to Martha’s Vineyard

If you have not had enough sun and fun on the Cape, you can always hop the ferry over to “the Vineyard” where you will find more sun and fun and another summer College Baseball team. This time it is the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks who use the Martha’s Vineyard High School field for their home games. The Sharks are members of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. While on-island be sure to check out the Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs – it’s the oldest platform carousel in the United States.

Staying with a Coastal Theme

If you want to keep your vacation close to the coast you are in luck. Both the Futures Collegiate Baseball League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) field teams in cities and towns along the coast. Where can you go? How about:

  • Old Orchard Beach, Maine to see the Raging Tide.
  • Newport, Rhode Island to see the Gulls. Be sure to check out Newport’s famous mansions while there.
  • South Kingston in Rhode Island’s beautiful South County to see the Ocean State Waves.
  • Groton, Connecticut to see the Mystic Schooners. While in the area, be sure to check out Mystic Seaport.

Time for Some Mountains

If you have tired of the seacoast how about heading to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. This beautiful region is home to the North Adams Steeplecats and the Pittsfield Suns. While in the Berkshires you may want to take in some of the great theater for which the region is so famous, or visit one of the areas fabulous museums such as the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, or the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASSMoCA) in North Adams.

If that is not enough you can head to Montpelier in the foothills of the Green Mountains in Vermont to take in the Vermont Mountaineers. You are in the State Capital of Vermont and a stone throw from all this beautiful region has to offer.

There you have it. By simply following America’s pastime in its simplest and least expensive form – summer college ball – you can take in some of the best vacation spots that New England has to offer.

About the Author

Robert Pirozzi is the Publisher of the website Travel New England. He lives with his wife and son in a suburb west of Boston.

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Vacation Idea – Help Fenway Park Celebrate its 100th Birthday

By Travel New England

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

On April 16, 1912 the front page of the Boston Daily Globe read “Titanic Sinks, 1500 Die”. Five days later on April 21, 1912 the Globe ran an article on the April 20 opening and first major league baseball game at the new home of the Boston Red SoxFenway Park. Both events celebrate their 100th anniversary this year. Both happened before almost all of the major historical events of the 20th century.

On opening day April 20, 1912 the home town team defeated the New York Highlanders, now the New York Yankees, 7 to 6 in 11 innings, starting the long-standing rivalry between the two teams. It should be noted, however, that while this was the first major league game in Fenway, the first baseball game actually happened on April 9 when the Sox played and defeated the baseball team of Harvard University 2 to 0.

Here’s a great vacation idea, how about planning an adventure to help the Nation’s oldest major league ballpark celebrate its 100th birthday? Opening day for 100th anniversary season of Fenway Park is April 13 when the Sox will play the Tampa Bay Rays.

Major activities planned by the ball club to celebrate Fenway’s 100th include:

  • April 19, 2012: Free Fenway Park Open House – This is a free event for fans to come see Fenway Park, enjoy historical artifacts, photographs and banners, and meet Red Sox legends.
  • April 20, 2012: 100th Birthday of Fenway Park – You guessed it. Just as they did 100 years ago, the Red Sox will play the Yankees. The game will start as it did in 1912 at 3:05 PM. There will be a pre-game ceremony celebrating the Sox and their venerable ballpark.
  • May 2, 2012: Throwback Day against the Oakland Athletics – The two teams will wear throwback uniforms from 1936.

Can’t make these events? Fret not. There will be 81 games played in Fenway this year, and, as always, tours of Fenway Park are available every day.

So head to Boston this spring or summer to celebrate a little bit of baseball history.

About the Author

This guest post was written by Travel New England. Travel New England is a great source for New England vacation ideas. If your travel plans do bring you east to help Fenway Park celebrate its birthday you may want to check out their Massachusetts vacation pages to find other things to do while there.

Photo credits: The picture of Fenway Park is by Jared Vincent from Wikimedia Commons. It is is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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