The Essex Base Ball Club will be traveling to Cooperstown, NY this weekend to participate in a mini tournament at Ommegang Brewery against the Brooklyn Atlantics of NY and Flemington Neshanocks of NJ. Along with playing games we will be paying tribute to a baseball pioneer, Bud Fowler. Bud Fowler was the first African American baseball player to play professionally when he pitched three games for the Lynn Live Oaks in 1878. Bud Fowler was actually from Cooperstown, NY and recently the town has named a square in his honor. On Saturday we will be presenting Jeff Katz, the mayor of Cooperstown, with an honorary Lynn Live Oak uniform. Check back for more on the trip when we get back.
The open game on May 11th has been canceled due to the forecast of rain. The Essex Base Ball Club will be heading to Cooperstown, NY on May 18th and 19th to participate in a tournament against Flemington and Brooklyn
The Essex Base Ball Association kicked off the 2013 season with two games featuring all four teams in the league. In the first game the new Portsmouth Rockinghams matched up against the Lynn Live Oaks. The youth of the Rockinghams showed and were able to run all over the field winning their inaugural match over the Oaks. In the second match of the day 2012 Association champion Lowell Baseball Nine took on the always tough Newburyport Clamdiggers. The Lowell Nine kept to their 2012 form and marched off to take a 10-2 lead going into the 9th. The Clamdiggers were able to tally 3 runs to make the final 10-5. It was a beautiful day with a great turnout. 2013 will be a great year for the Association.
On Saturday May 11th the Essex Base Ball Association will have an open game. All are welcome to come try their hand at playing. We have a few spots open on teams so if you are interested in playing in 2013 here is your chance to try it out.
Saturday May 4th the Essex Base Ball Organization and the Portsmouth Rockinghams will be holding an open recruitment day at 12pm at Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH. All are welcome to come try their hand at 19th century base ball. After head over to the Rusty Hammer and come meet the players.
Sunday May 5th the Essex Base Ball Association kicks off at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury with all four teams taking the field. At 12pm the Lynn Live Oaks take on the Portsmouth Rockinghams and at 1:45 the Lowell Base Ball Nine take on the Newburyport Clamdiggers.
Interested in playing this year? Come over to Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury Saturday April 13th at 1pm or Sunday April 21st at 12pm for our open practices. We are still looking for players for our league so come try it out.
For more info contact Brian “Cappy” Sheehy at historyball@Yahoo.com