Father’s Day Weekend a Success

The first annual Father’s Day Weekend Baseball, Beer, and BBQ was a great success. On Saturday prior to the dinner Cappy, Monkey, and Pat Cook traveled up to Hampton Academy in Hampton, NH to help them celebrate its 200th anniversary by doing a demo and playing students and faculty from the school. We had a great time and hope to go back there next season.

Later that night the folks at Spencer Peirce Little Farm and Mercury Brewing hosted our first beer and baseball dinner. The night was well attended with close to 100 people enjoying Tennessee BBQ, fine beers from Mercury Brewing, and a lecture on beer and baseball from Cappy. The night went great and all enjoyed their time and look forward to trying it again. We would like to thank the farm and the Brewers for hosting such a great event.

Sunday we were back at the farm for a triple header of 1861 base ball action. Members of the Essex Base Ball Club, Lynn Live Oaks, Ipswich Brewers, Bristol Blues, and NH Granite combined to play the games in extreme heat and thunderstorms. Despite the conditions a fine series of matches were played. See the attached news story from the NewburyportNews


For the weekend and our new connection with the fine gentlemen at Ipswich Ale we create tee shirts showing the connection between baseball and beer. Tee shirts are $15 and can be purchased at our games or contact Cappy at historyball@yahoo.com

Game Called- Big Weekend Next Week

Due to the weather our game today on Georges Island has been canceled. We are looking to try to reschedule but open dates for us are limited.

Father’s Day weekend is shaping up to be a big one.

Saturday June 19th at 1pm we will be joining up with the NH Granite to celebrate Hampton Academy’s bicentennial. The Essex Base Ball Organization will be on hand to teach the kids about the history of 19th century base ball and let them play a few innings.

Later that night we will be shifting gears and heading to Spencer Pierce Little Farm in Newbury, MA for our first annual Beer, Baseball, and BBQ Dinner. Guests will sample eight brews from Ipswich Ale Brewery, Cisco Brewers, and Sherwood Forest Brewers, paired with innovative barbeque dishes from Tennessee’s Barbeque in Peabody. Along with the dinner Brian “Cappy” Sheehy will be on hand to lecture on baseballs interesting connection to beer and brewers. Lou Blasi one of the authors of T206 The Players and Their Stories will be on hand selling their new book. Tickets for the event are still on sale contact Bethany Groff bgroff@historicnewengland.org or 978-462-2634 but hurry as they are selling fast. Tickets for the dinner will not be sold at the door but you can show up enjoy the lectures and purchase beer.

Sunday June 20th the Essex Base Ball Club, Lynn Live Oaks, the Ipswich Brewers, and other members of the vintage base ball community will be playing ball from 11-4pm at the farm in Newbury . If you ever had an interest in trying your hand at playing Fathers Day is your opportunity. The games will be informal and all will be welcome to try their hand at playing a few innings. Bring your dad and enjoy the games and the free samples from Ipswich Ale.

2010 Schedule

We will be adding more dates to our schedule but this is what we have so far. If you would be interested in hosting a game, lecture, or exhibition contact captain Brian Sheehy at historyball@yahoo.com

2010 Schedule

Saturday April 24- Fitchburg vs. Lynn 1pm @ Ayer High School in Ayer, MA
Sunday April 25- Melrose vs. Essex 12pm in Danvers, MA
Sunday May 2nd Vintage Base Ball Day @ NH Fisher Cats Manchester, NH
Saturday and Sunday May 15th- 16th- John Clarkson Tournament in Cooperstown NY vs. Saginaw Old Golds, Brooklyn Atlantics, NY Gothams, and Mudville BBC
Saturday May 22nd- Beaneaters vs. NH Granite in Laconia NH 1pm 1861-1886
Sunday May 23rd Lynn, Essex, Ipswich, and Dirigo 11-4pm at Spencer Pierce Farm in Newbury, MA
Saturday May 29th Memorial Day Tournament 11am @ Colt Meadows Hartford, CT vs. Coltsville Picked Nine and the Brooklyn Atlantics
Saturday June 12th- Kennebunkport Demo
Saturday June 19th- Beaneaters 1pm @ Hampton Academy in Hampton, NH
Saturday June 19th- Beer Dinner 6pm @ Spencer Pierce Farm
Sunday June 20th- Beer, BBQ, and Baseball 12pm at Spencer Pierce Farm in Newbury
Monday June 21st- Lecture at Laconia NH Historical Society
Monday June 21- 6pm Hot Dogs and Hits in Danvers, MA
Saturday June 26th- Freeport Maine Little League Exhibition 11am at the LL Bean Little League Field
Sunday June 27th Essex vs. Dirigo @ Pettengil Farm 1pm Freeport Maine
Sunday July 11th Essex, Lynn vs. Ipswich 12pm in Newbury, MA
Tuesday July 13th- 5pm Demo at the Public Gardens in Boston
Saturday July 17 Beaneaters @ Hartford Senators 1pm on Colt Meadows in Hartford, CT
Sunday July 18th Essex vs. Waterbury Connors in Waterbury, CT
Sunday July 25th Essex vs. Ipswich Brewers 4pm in Ipswich, MA
Saturday July 31st Melrose vs. Lynn @ Cooney Field in Beverly, MA
Saturday August 7th Essex vs. Quabog Valley Railroaders 12pm in Brimfield, MA
Sunday August 8th Bristol, Ipswich vs. Lynn Live Oaks 12pm on Georges Island Boston, MA
Saturday August 14th- Essex/ Lynn vs. Dirigo in New Gloucester ME
Saturday August 21st Essex vs. Picked Nine @ Riverside Park in Hudson Ma
Saturday August 28th- Essex vs. DCR Park Rangers on Georges Island Boston, MA
Saturday September 11- Essex @ Melrose Victorian Fair
Saturday September 18th Essex, Bristol Blues, Hingham Nine Newbury
Sunday September 26th Essex, Lynn, Melrose, Ipswich @ Spencer Pierce Farm 11-4pm in Newbury
Sunday October 3rd @ Spencer Pierce Farm 11-4pm in Newbury