Lowell Dominates, Jan’s Pitch A Success


Saturday October 5th was a great day of Base Ball. In game 1 The Rockingham defeated the Live Oaks in a close back and forth affair. Prior to Game 2 we presented Lowell player Brian Pecci with art supplies that will be donated to Boston’s Children’s Hospital


In Game 2 Lowell defeated the Clamdiggers 13-3 behind strong hitting and solid defense. In the championship Lowell continued its dominance with a 16-1 win over the Rockinghams. After surrendering a run in the first inning Lowell’s defense clamped down and did not allow another Rockingham to score. In the 7th Lowell broke the game open scoring 9 runs in the inning. This is back to back championships for the Lowell Nine.

Jan’s Pitch Fundraiser to date, we are around $10,000 raised this year. We would like to thank all of those who donated money and art supplies to the event. We would like to thank Bethany Groff Dorau Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm and Historic New England for hosting us all season. A huge thank you to James Dorau and Ipswich Ale Brewery for providing us fine Ipswich Ale and Jim Jam Hot Dogs all season. Thank you to all of the players who made the season happen and worked so hard to raise so much money for this final event. Thank you to Jennie Lynch for all of her photos and dedication to this organization. There are so many others that make this organization work.  We as an organization look forward to the offseason and preparing for even better things in 2020.

Bring Art Supplies to Jan’s Pitch


There’s nothing worse for a kid than being sick in the hospital. But art can help. And so can you, just by watching an exciting afternoon of vintage base ball and donating to Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts.

For more than 20 years, our mother, Jan Sheehy, dedicated her life not only to her own children, but to thousands of students as a beloved art teacher in Lawrence Public Schools.

That’s why this year, we’re using a portion of the proceeds from our annual Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts fundraiser on Saturday, October 5, to buy art supplies for the pediatric patients at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Like so many parents, one of our own Essex Base Ball Club players, Brian Pecci, knows firsthand what having a child in the hospital is like. His 10-year-old daughter, Chloe, has had five spina bifida-related surgeries at Boston Children’s Hospital. That’s why each fall, Chloe, Brian, and their family and friends collect art supplies to help Chloe’s fellow patients find a little bit of joy while they’re stuck in the hospital.

The Essex Base Ball Organization is so proud to partner with the Pecci family to help put smiles on sick kids’ faces. Thank you for helping us remember our mother, Jan, in such a personal and special way. We know she’d be proud of this and the nearly $22,000 that Jan’s Pitch has already raised for cancer research and educational programming at local schools.

Want to help even more directly? Donate a few art supplies when you come to Spencer-Peirce Little Farm! Bring new, unused items like paints, pencils, crayons, paper, glue, beads, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, crafts kits, and other arts and crafts supplies to the game on October 5 for our helpers to deliver to Boston Children’s Hospital later that month.

See you on the ball field!

-Brian “Cappy” and Chris “Monkey” Sheehy


Jan’s Pitch 2019


Come join the excitement of our final event of the season while helping raise money for cancer research and other local non-profits! On Saturday, October 5th, 2019, all four vintage base ball teams from the Essex Base Ball Organization will battle for the 2019 league championship during the 7th Annual Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts. Taking place at the beautiful Spencer-Pierce Little farm in Newbury, MA, only one team will take home the coveted championship “jug” after this fierce three-game play-off. If you’ve never experienced the thrill of watching base ball played the way it was in 1864 – no gloves, bare-handed and full of gritty athleticism – then this is the event to attend!

Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts celebrates Jan Sheehy – a dedicated art teacher and mother of Essex Base Ball Organization players Brian and Chris Sheehy – who tragically lost her battle with breast cancer in April of 2013. Over the past six years, Jan’s Pitch has raised close to $22,000 for cancer research and educational programs at local schools. This year we will also be accepting donations of art supplies that we will be donating to Boston Children’s Museum

The fall event is fun for families and people of all ages! In addition to the triple-header event, spectators can participate in an exciting 50/50 raffle, those age 21+ can enjoy freshly-kegged beer from the vintage Ipswich Ale Brewery tapmobile, and kids will love visiting the farm’s friendly sheep, goats, chickens, and horses.

Event schedule: Games Start at 11am

Tickets will be available on the 5th for $5 or you can donate art supplies

Questions? Contact Brian Sheehy, President of the Essex Base Ball Organization (email: historyball@yahoo.com, phone: 978-790-5707)