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.

Experience Takes The Day

The Essex Nine traveled to historic Cooney Field in Beverly this past weekend to take on the Hingham Derbies. The Derbies being new to the vintage game were no match for the seasoned veterans of the Essex Nine. Both games only saw 7 innings of action but that was enough for the Essex Nine to win 13-1 and 14-2. We would like to thank the Hingham Derbies for making the trip up to play us. Photos from the game https://picasaweb.google.com/116391025279328307038/VintageBaseballAug6?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCPmm-4DAp8P17wE&feat=directlink

Next Game
Saturday August 13th the Cincinnati Red Stockings make the trip to Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury to take part in a triple header against the Melrose Pondfielders (11am), the Lynn Live Oaks (1pm), and the 3pm game will be played between the Mudville BBC and the Ipswich Brewers.

Sunday August 14th the Essex Nine will take on the Red Stockings at 12pm on the Boston Common

2012 League Forming

The Essex Base Ball Organization in looking to form a small league based out of Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury next year so we are looking for new players to fill out our new teams. We will be looking for sponsors, volunteers, umpires, and score keepers. If you are interested contact Brian Sheehy at historyball@yahoo.com

Recruiting Poster

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

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

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.