The action continued this week on and off the field for the Essex Base Ball Organization.
Off the field Brian “Cappy” Sheehy ventured to Hillcrest Terrace Retirement Community in Manchester, NH on Wednesday to talk about 19th century baseball and educate the crowd on baseball history what the Essex Base Ball Organization does to recreate that history. Cappy did a repeat performance the following day in Beverly, MA for the Beverly Council of Aging. The crowd was receptive to the lectures and many of them hope to come out and see the teams play. Cappy will hit the other end of the age spectrum in a few weeks as he heads to Middlesex Community College to teach some kids how to play baseball like they did in 1861.
The Organization also made headlines in the newspapers this past week with articles appearing in the Georgetown Record and Boston Globe. Here are the links to the articles
With all the action off the field there was still an overhand tournament on Saturday in Warwick, RI for the Essex Base Ball Club and they were up to the task. In the early game they took on the Boston Colonials and even with eight players were able to capture the victory 15-1. Chris “Monkey” Sheehy pitched 5 strong innings before Pat “Cue Ball” Cook took over in the 6th and baffled the Colonials with his blazing fastball. In the championship game against our good friends the Cornish Game Hens of Providence Monkey took the mound again and while not at 100% still held the Hens bats to just 7 runs, but in the end the Essex bats were only able to tally 6. The game was close throughout and as always all of the players had a great time playing against the Hens. Huzzah to the Hens for the victory and for hosting the tournament.
On Sunday several members of the Organization participated in Vintage Base Ball Day at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI to honor the 10th anniversary of the Providence Grays. The event was a lot of fun and great for our sport.
Keep an eye out in the photo section for new updates…. The Boston Beaneaters hope to continue their success this Saturday as they square off against the Boston Colonials in Brighton, MA.