Great Day of Lectures, Wicket and Baseball…

On Sunday members of the public and Essex Base Ball Association gathered at Spencer Peirce Little Farm for a full day of lectures and games. In the morning Larry McCray, John Shannahan, and William Peebles of the Huntington Baseball Company all gave great lectures that covered the crazy game of wicket, the Boston Red Stockings, and the evolution of gloves. We would like to thank all of the speakers for providing interesting topics for us.

After a lunch provided by our sponsor Oregano’s we tried our hand at 19th century wicket. Wicket was a game primarily played in Western MA and CT in which the bowler attempts to knock off a bail that is on two stumps. The batter must protect the bail and can score runs when they reach the other wicket located 75 feet away. The game may sound a little like cricket but the stumps are only 6 inches off the ground and the bail is 6 feet long. After a lot of experimenting with the game players finally got the hang of it. We all look forward to playing wicket again June 9th.

After our experiment with wicket we played a baseball game. While it is still preseason, the Newburyport Clamdiggers looked very strong erasing a 9 run deficit to win handily.

We return to practice this Sunday April 22nd at 11am and kick off the season April 29th at 12pm.

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.

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.

Fathers Days Beer Dinner

Come join the Essex Base Ball Organization for a fun filled weekend. Reserve your tickets now as they will sell out soon.

Baseball, Beer, and Barbeque Dinner
When: Saturday, June 19, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m
Where: Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury, Mass.
Phone: 978-462-2634
Admission: $25 Historic New England members, $40 nonmembers
Please note: registration required
Contact- Bethany Groff- bgroff@historicnewengland.org

Sit down to a phenomenal Fathers Day feast under the big top at the farm. This multi-course dinner pairs eight brews from Ipswich Ale Brewery, Cisco Brewers, and Sherwood Forest Brewers with barbeque dishes from Tennessee’s Barbeque including their award-winning Memphis ribs, pulled pork, and chicken. After dinner join baseball historian Brian Sheehy to learn how brewers and baseball worked together in the past and meet the members of the Essex Base Ball Club, who play with 1861 rules. Enjoy live music and great company, camp out, and join the Essex Base Ball Club for a Fathers Day game on Sunday, June 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Dinner tickets include passes to the game on June 20.

Historic New England is celebrating its centennial. Discover all that’s happening across the region this year at http://www.HistoricNewEngland.org/Centennial