In the first of three NEVBBL tournaments the Essex Base Ball Club and Lynn Live Oaks traveled to Bristol, RI to match up against the other clubs in the league. The Lynn Live Oaks were matched up against the Waterbury Connors and New London Thames BBC and while they had some rookies manning some positions, were able to keep the games competitive losing 7-1 to Waterbury and 8-3 to New London. In the first game for Essex, they were able to hold off the Melrose Pondfielders to capture a 9-8 victory. The second game pitted Essex against the always tough Bristol Blues. In the top of the 1st Essex was able to tally one run, but then the game took a tragic turn in the bottom of the first. The first batter for Bristol hit a long fly ball to center field and Pat “Food Stamp” Foley made a gallant effort to catch up to the long fly but ran without regard for his body straight into a fence that laid in the middle of centerfield. The fence tore up Foley’s lip causing him and most of the Essex team a trip to the emergency room. Despite a few stitches he is recovering fine and will hopefully be back on the field soon. The team would like to solute Pat for his reckless abandon on the field.
Essex Returns to Action This Weekend…. Official Press Release
Come see the Essex Base Ball, the Lynn Live Oaks, and the Cornish Game Hens as they participate in an all day vintage base ball event on Saturday June 9th at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, MA. The first two games of the day (11am and 1pm) will be played by 1861 rules and the third game (3pm) will be played by 1886 rules. Admission to the event is $3, and food will be available along with samples from the Ipswich Ale Company. Please bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the vintage base ball action. For more information contact Brian Sheehy at 978-790-5707, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check us out on the web at www.essexbaseball.org. For directions check out http://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/homes/little.htm