President of the Essex Base Ball Organization, Brian “Cappy” Sheehy, will be traveling to Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY to participate in the 27th annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture with his colleague David Alexander to discuss “Baseball in the Classroom“. Cappy is a high school history teacher at North Andover High School has developed several sports related electives at North Andover and he believes that sports are a viable way of engaging students in learning history. The goal of his program is to provide other educators professional development and resources so that they can include baseball in their classrooms. For more info click here
The Essex Base Ball Organization has been busy the past two weeks with several great events. On Saturday May 2nd we traveled to Concord, MA to participate in our first of several events in partnership with the Concord Museum’s summer exhibit “The Art of Baseball”. This first game and the following one in July will strive to recreate the rivalry in 1877 between the Lynn Live Oaks and Lowell Ladies Men. The modern version of the rivalry started off well with both Lowell and the Live Oaks coming out swinging but due to a few errors in both games on the Live Oaks part the Ladies Men were able to win both games. We look forward to going back in July.
On Saturday May 9th a mixed nine from the Essex Base Ball Association traveled to Woodstock CT to play two teams they have never played before from the Nutmeg State. In the first game against the Woodstock Hilltoppers the Essex boys took full advantage of the short right field and racked up numerous ground rule doubles. The defense was solid and hitting strong which allowed the Essex boys to win comfortably. In the second game we were matched up against the Wethersfield Red Onions and in a back and forth match Essex was able to hang on to a 13-10 victory.
The Essex Nine traveled to Smithtown, NY out on Long Island to participate in a festival put together by the Brooklyn Atlantics. Teams traveled from MD, NY, RI, and NJ to participate in this wonderful event. Essex found itself matched up against the Brooklyn Eckfords in the first game and the masterful swift pitching of Eric Miklich. Despite his swift pitching and mixing of pitches the Essex bats could not be stopped plating 11 runs. After a few early inning rustiness the Essex defense held pat and held off the solid Eckford offense to just 8 runs. In the second game Essex was matched up against its rival the Brooklyn Atlantics. The Essex defense was stellar and timely hitting allowed the Essex boys to return with an 8-2 victory. We would like to thank the Atlantics for having us. We hope to play the Eckfords and Atlantics in the future.
The Lynn Live Oaks and Lowell Base Ball Nine (playing as the 1877 Lowell Ladies Men) will travel to Concord, MA to play a recreation game May 2nd 12pm. For more information on the game click here.