The Essex Base Ball Organization will be having its 2014 pre season meeting Saturday February 8th at 3 at the Visitor Center at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA. . If you are interested in playing in our league or in umpiring please join us.
We are also happy to announce the name of the new travel team in the Essex Base Ball Organization, the Georgetown Samosets. The Samosets played in Georgetown, MA in 1867. One of the unique features of the club is that in August of 1867 they played a game against the Essex Base Ball Club of Newburyport. We are still conducting research but hope to find more references of the Samosets. Check back soon to see their new uniforms.
The Essex Base Ball Organization will be selling their first 2014 calendar for $15. All photos are done by Matthew Muise .Contact us at email@example.com to place an order
The Essex Base Ball Organization is also looking for some help in raising some money for 2014. http://www.gofundme.com/5xt8cw All help would be very much appreciated.
The Essex Base Ball Organization was saddened to learn that our umpire and former player Jeff “Graybeard” Peart will be moving to San Francisco for a new job. Jeff started as a player 12 years ago and eventually he evolved into our full time umpire. Jeff was a constant at our games and was renown in the vintage base ball community for his umpiring skills, ability to entertain a crowd, and being an overall ambassador for the game. Jeff has been the face of the Essex Base Ball Organization and his presence will be sorely missed. Huzzah to Graybeard and all the best in his new job.
On Sat Nov 25th the Essex Base Ball Club participated in America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration in Plymouth MA. The Rockingham’s Jim “Fullmoon“ Leopardi and his wife Tonya along with Jim “Champ” Champey and his son Camron manned a table displaying vintage equipment, items from Jan’s Pitch, and several books including Matt Muise’s photo books. They and even handed out popcorn to the crowd all day which numbered in the hundreds as they filed passed the display. Countless people were intrigued and stopped to ask questions and even a few were interested in playing next year. Members of the Mudville Nine made a surprise appearance about mid afternoon and the crowd gathered even more. There were two major highlights of the day, the first being an invitation by an employee of the Red Sox to have vintage teams from around the region play at Fenway next year. This may still be a long shot so we hope to hear more about this in the upcoming weeks. The second highlight was a brief impromptu interview by former WBZ sports reporter and former olympian Alice Cook now of NESN. The interview is intended for a new show called Life Is Great New England which premiers on NESN on Dec 1st . Hopefully we’ll make the final cut. http://lifeisgreatnetv.com/life-great-new-england-now-nesn/
We will also be adding another travel team made up of members of the current Lynn Live Oaks and Portsmouth Rockinghams. We are still debating a team name but some of the options include the Hawkswood BBC of Newburyport, the Ironsides BBC of West Newbury, the Eagle Club of Newburyport, the Georgetown Samosets, or the Bradford BBC of Haverhill.
If you are interested in hosting a game or in joining a team contact Brian Sheehy at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Essex Base Ball Organization can’t thank Matthew Muise enough for all of the great pictures he took of the league throughout the year. Here are his shots from the Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts.
Matt brought his student Julia Zanette to the game and her shots are equally as great. Part 1 and Part 2
We would like to thank everyone for a great 2013 season and we have already started planning for 2014. If you would like to schedule a game, demo, lecture, or kids clinic contact Brian “Cappy” Sheehy at email@example.com
The Essex Base Ball Organization and friends finished off the season in grand fashion this past Saturday, as 300 plus cranks and over 30 ballists participated in the first annual Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts. Throughout the day four games were played but throughout the day scores and what team you played on was not important. What was important was that we raised over $6,000 for breast cancer and an art program at the Arlington School in Lawrence, MA. There are far too many people to thank for helping us create such a great event but thanks must be extended to Jim Dorau at Ipswich Ale, Bethany Groff at Historic New England, Joe Mac DJ, and everyone else who donated their time and money to this event. We are looking forward to planning the same event in 2014.