Essex Splits the Day in Melrose

The Essex Nine traveled to Melrose for the first time in several years as the Melrose Pondfielders hosted their Victorian Fair. The first game saw the Pondfielders jump out to a big lead but the Essex Nine was able to close the gap to 8-7 in the eighth. Things looked promising in the top of the 9th when Essex’s lead off batter got to second with no outs, but unfortunately that runner was stranded on second as the next three strikers were not able to move the runner and Essex fell 8-7.

In the second game the Essex bats came to life piling hit after hit and finally taking the game 17-3. The pitching and defense also kept the Pondfielders off base and scoreless after the 2nd inning. The EBBC would like to thank the Pondfielders for a great day and are happy that the Pondfielders were able to play in Melrose again.

Saturday September 18th is the annual Ipswich Harvestfest at Spencer Peirce Little Farm (5 Littles Lane Newbury, MA). The day promises to be a good one with food by Tennessee BBQ and Ipswich Clambake and music by Orville Giddings. The author of “Fifty Nine in 84” Ed Achorn will be on hand to sell and sign his book. For those who have not read the book it is the story of Old Hoss Radbourn and the 1884 Providence Grays. Keep an eye out in the movies because there is talk of making the book into a movie so read it first. Ipswich Ale will have their ales and their Stone Cat ales for sale as well.

Along will all the festivities there will be a full slate of vintage base ball games going on. The fest begins at 1pm but the games kick off at 11am with the EBBC taking on the always tough Bristol Blues. At 1pm Bristol takes on the Hingham Derbies, at 3pm Essex plays Hingham, and then at 5pm Mudville takes on the Ipswich Brewers. Come join us the event promises to be one of the best of the year.

Jammed Pack Weekend

On Saturday the Essex Nine traveled to Brimfield, MA for “The Civil War Reenactment: The Battle of Brimfield”. For the day a local group of softball players put down their metal bats and gloves and tried their hand at 1861 rules. Despite being a little short handed the Essex Nine was able to borrow a few cranks from the crowd to fill out the roster. The Essex Nine expected to control the game from the beginning the experienced softball players sprayed the ball all over the field. The final score was not remembered but a great game of 1861 base ball was played. After the game Brian “Cappy” Sheehy headed over to the main tent and gave a lecture on the history of 19th century base ball.

Sunday a mix of Essex and Lynn players joined the Bristol Blues and Ipswich Brewers out on Georges Island for a full day of games. In the first game Essex/ Lynn battled the Bristol Blues back and forth but ended up victorious 14-10. The Essex/ Lynn squad was aided by a 7th inning in which all 10 of their batters went up to the plate. In the second game the Blues took out their frustrations on the Brewers, winning handily. The last match was an abbreviated affair but once again saw the Essex and Lynn contingent win the match.

A mix of Essex and Lynn players will head up to New Gloucester Maine this Saturday August 14th to take on the Dirigo BBC of Maine.

Celebrating the Babe in Beverly

In the fall of 1919, Babe Ruth and a team of barnstorming Major Leaguers played a game at Cooney Field in Beverly, Massachusetts. Having hit a then-record 29 homers that season, Ruth didn’t disappoint, hitting a prodigious homer completely out of the Cooney Field, to left-center. It was one of Ruth’s last public appearances as a member of the Red Sox. On Saturday, July 31, the Lynn Live Oaks helped Beverly commemorate the game as part of an afternoon-long event featuring the dedication of a monument (unveiled by a Babe Ruth impersonator), stirring renditions of Take Me Out to the Ballgame and The Star-Spangled Banner, and a vintage baseball game pitting the Oaks against the Melrose Pondfeilders. The Melrose lineup, striking well from top to bottom, jumped out to a big early lead and never looked back, winning 16-6. But throughout the game a steady stream of old and new Vintage Baseball fans visited the Live Oaks exhibit to buy baseballs and t-shirts, talk about the history of the game, and add future Lynn and Essex game dates to their calendars. Lynn wishes Melrose good luck in the Rochester, NY tournament this weekend, and looks forward to its own games on Georges Island in Boston Harbor this Sunday August 8th .
Saturday the Essex Nine travels to Brimfield, MA to take on the newly formed Quabog Valley Railroaders at 12pm. For more information on the event click here http://www.hitchcockacademy.org/content/civil-war-reenactment

Sunday Lynn travels to Georges Island in Boston Harbor to take on the Ipswich Brewers and Bristol Blues. 12pm game Lynn vs. Bristol, 1:30pm Ipswich vs. Bristol, 3pm Lynn vs. Ipswich

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

Announcing the Ipswich Brewers

Essex and Lynn were both fortunate enough to head back to Spencer Pierce Farm in Newbury to take on the Bristol Blues and newly formed Ipswich Brewers this past Sunday. In four years of playing at the farm Sunday may have been the best weather we have ever had and the attendance for the games showed with close to 400 fans stopping by throughout the day.

The first game saw the Essex Nine matched up against the Bristol Blues and behind the masterful hurling of Bill “The Undertaker” Gendall marched off to an 11-3 victory. The Live Oaks went to the field next and despite keeping the game relatively close until the 9th inning, fell 18-8. The third game of the day saw 15 or so young children take on members of the Essex squad. Despite the youth and inexperience of the kids they were able to handily defeat the Essex players.

The last game of the day saw the newly formed Ipswich Brewers of Mercury Brewing Co play their inaugural game of the 2009 season. Members of the Essex and Lynn squads combined to take on the new club and despite their inexperience with the vintage rules kept the game close. The final score is not remembered, probably because the Brewers were kind enough to bring the beer truck with free samples, but a good time was had by all. The Ipswich Brewers have gotten uniforms and will be participating in several other vintage base ball games this summer. They seemed to pick up the vintage rules very quickly and the Essex Nine should be leery of their next match up Sunday July 26th in Ipswich, MA.

Next Game for Essex will be Sunday June 14th 12pm vs the always powerful Waterbury Connors. The game will be held at the Perley Elementary School (51 North St.) in Georgetown, MA. The game is sponsored by the Georgetown Historical Society.