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)

The Portsmouth Rockinghams repeat as The Ipswich Ale – Harvest Fest Champions


The 2019 Ipswich Ale Harvest Festival Tournament got underway as the remnants of hurricane Dorian departed. As the sun came out so did the crowd who settled in to watch three great ball games with all four league teams competing on this day.

Game 1 – The Newburyport Clamdiggers got off to an early lead against Portsmouth, however the Rockinghams stayed close throughout game as both teams traded runs nearly each inning until the Portsmouth bats came alive in the top of the 9th to take the lead and win 11-8 while securing a spot in the championship game.

Game 2 – The Lynn Live Oaks jumped out strong in the early innings with 7 runs against the Lowell Nine and as the game went on it appeared that Lynn had victory safely in hand. However the defending league champions would not go down that easily and had an 8th inning rally of their own and scored 4 to tie the game 9-9 heading into the 9th. Lynn’s large contingent of vintage base-ball veterans helped keep the team calm as they were able to plate a go ahead run in the top of the 9th on the heels of a long opposite field triple by their captain Jed Millet. Lynn’s defense held Lowell scoreless in the bottom of the 9th to secure their spot in the championship game with a 10-9 victory.

Game 3 – In the cup championship the Portsmouth Rockinghams began their defense of their 2018 title with an early statement against Lynn as they jumped out to an 8-2 lead after 3 innings. Well placed hits and aggressive base running characterized the Rockingham’s offense this afternoon while solid defense and pitching held Lynn to only 2 runs through 7 innings. Portsmouth scored 2 more runs in the top of the 8th to take a 10-2 lead however Lynn’s power hitters came alive in the bottom frame and began to rally by driving in a fast 3 runs and cutting the lead to 10-5. Before Portsmouth and their loyal cranks could get too nervous their young shortstop, Cam “Shaggy” Champey, ended the rally with an unassisted double play by catching a sharp line drive then forcing out a Lynn runner at 2nd base who was advancing. Portsmouth tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth to go ahead 11-5 as their strong defense took over in the bottom of the ninth to secure the win and remain Harvest Festival Cup Champions for the second year in a row. The game ball was awarded to Shaggy for his 8th inning performance which also included a fly ball out made earlier in the inning. The Rockinghams saluted their friends from the Lynn Live Oaks for a well fought game and hoisted the cup for well-deserved round of Ipswich Ale.


The entire Essex Base-Ball Organization wants to thank the Ipswich Ale Brewery, the Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm and Historic New England for putting on this great event each year. This event has become one of the premier events in the nation for vintage base-ball players and their fans. Please join us at the farm on Sept 28th for the American Music and Harvest Festival and finally on October 5th for our annual Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts league championship tournament.