Images from America’s Hometown Thanksgiving..

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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/

Essex Base Ball Organization to Expand…

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 historyball@yahoo.com

More photos from Jan’s Pitch

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 historyball@yahoo.com

Jan’s Pitch Fundraiser Recap

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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.

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Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts

On Saturday October 19, the Essex Base Ball Organization will host Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and The Arts – a day of vintage base ball, great food, live music and much more at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA.

The event honors Janice Sheehy, who lost her two-and-a-half year battle with breast cancer earlier this year. Sheehy was a talented and dedicated art teacher in the Lawrence, MA school system – and mother to Brian Sheehy, president of the Essex Base Ball Organization, and Chris Sheehy, captain of the Lowell Base Ball Club.
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Proceeds from Jan’s Pitch will be split between Susan G. Komen For The Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and The Janice Sheehy Art Fund, established to provide materials for the Arlington (Middle) School in Lawrence the opportunity to hold an art show and provide students scholarships to receive art lessons.

The day will include four vintage base ball games beginning at 10am, featuring players from teams based in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut. Vintage base ball is played according to the rules of 1864 – with wooden bats, authentic ‘lemon peel’ baseballs, and no gloves. During and after the games visitors can sample food from local eateries, listen to live music and Joe Mac DJ, enjoy delicious beers from the Ipswich Ale ‘Tap Truck,’ and fine wine from Mill River Winery. Tom Zapalla will be on hand selling his new book “The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players”.

Come join us for a great day. Admission is $5. Anyone interested in buying tickets in advance or in making a donation click here. We also have tee shirts for salemonkand brian