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.


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

Newburyport Clamdiggers Win Championship

2013 Newburyport Clamdiggers

2013 Newburyport Clamdiggers

The Newburyport Clamdiggers were victorious in this weekend’s playoff games, beating the Portsmouth Rockinghams 7-4 in the semi finals and beating the Lowell Nine 10-7 in the championship.
Game 1 saw a very well played defensive game by both teams. The Clamdiggers came out on top, but the showing by the first year Rockinghams was very impressive and could have gone in their favor if not for some fine defensive plays by the Clamdiggers.
Game 2 was a back and forth battle. The Clamdiggers and Lowell Nine saw the lead change 7 times. The Clamdiggers were down 1 run in the top of the 9th and started the inning off with 4 straight hits and tallied 4 runs in the frame. Facing a 3 run deficit in the bottom of the 9th Lowell threatened with the first two batters getting on base, but good pitching and timely defense led to 3 straight outs and a championship win for the Clamdiggers.
A big THANK YOU to all the fans that have made this season a great success. Without you we do not have a league and look forward to seeing you at our Jan’s Pitch event Saturday, October 19th OR at a future game next season!


Jim "Prince" Bodwell

Jim “Prince” Bodwell

We would like to thank Edgar Herwick of WGBH’s Greater Boston program for putting together such a great segment on what we are doing at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury. Click Here for a link to the video

Great Weekend of Ball…

This past weekend the Essex Base Ball Organization participated in the Newburyport Educational Fund’s American Music Festival at Spencer Peirce Little Farm.  On Saturday the EBBA Mixed Nine took on the Mudville BBC and the Melrose Pondfielders.  Despite a different field than they are accustomed to at the farm, the “home” Mixed Nine defeated Mudville in the first game 11-5 and Melrose 19-10 in the third game. In a great second game Mudville rallied and defeated Melrose 11-10.  Close to 1,800 fans attended the music fest on Saturday and Sunday was no different as the newly formed and quite formidable Presumpscot Nine traveled down from Maine to take on anther mix of EBBA players.  In the first game Essex marched off to a quick lead and never looked back.  In the second game Presumpscot hit liner after liner to defeat the Essex squad. Defense on both sides was strong  throughout the day. We all look forward to many more battles with the Maine boys in the future.

We would like to thank all of the clubs for coming out and participating in the event.

Our championship game for the Essex Base Ball Association will be played Saturday October 5th starting at 12pm as the Newburyport Clamdiggers face off against the Portsmouth Rockinghams.  The winner of that game will square off against the Lowell Baseball Nine for the championship.  All games should be close so come on out and cheer us on.

Newburyport and Lowell Win

In an all league event this past Sunday the Newburyport Clamdiggers defeated the Portsmouth Rockinghams 14-4 and in the second game the Lowell Base Ball Nine beat the Lynn Live Oaks 27-3, meaning that in the Championship Series October 5 the Newburyport Clamdiggers will play the Portsmouth Rockinghams in the play in game for the opportunity to take on the Lowell Nine for the EBBA championship.

Also on hand this past Sunday was WGBH. They were filming a segment that will air in the coming weeks. More to come soon…

Games will be played September 28th and 29th as part of the Newburyport Educational Fund’s American Music and Harvest Festival .  Saturday 11am Mudville vs. EBBA Mixed Nine, 12:45 Melrose/ Dirigo vs. Mudville, 2:30 Melrose/ Dirigo vs. EBBA Mixed Nine.  Sunday 12pm and 1:45 Essex vs. Presumpscot

Harvestfest a Huge Success

Ipswich Ale’s annual Harvestfest could not have been a better day for the Essex Base Ball Association’s games. In the first game the Live Oaks faced off against the Clamdiggers. In the early innings the game was close but some costly errors allowed the Clamdiggers to pull ahead and never look back winning 16-2. The second game saw the Rockinghams take on the Lowell Nine. Lowell was able to run out to an early lead scoring 4 runs in each the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings and they never looked back. The Rockinghams were able to tally 4 runs in the last two innings but were only able to narrow the margin to 17-8.

On the 21st Cappy will be heading to the Merrimac MA library to be part of Tom and Ellen Zappala’s book launch of Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players. Then Sunday all teams return to action as the Newburyport Clamdiggers square off against the Portsmouth Rockinghams at 12pm to decide who will secure 2nd place in the EBBA playoffs. Following that game the Live Oaks will face off against the Lowell Nine. Around 3 we will open it up and have another open game. All will be welcome to come try their hand at playing.