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