Best set of games Essex has ever played

On Sunday September 24th the Essex Base Ball Club matched up against the Waterbury Connors in two epic games. In the first game Essex snapped off three runs in the first inning to take the lead but Waterbury was able to chip away at that lead and score one in the 4th– 5th– and then the 8th to tie the ball game. The tie was broken in the 12th inning when Waterbury scored. It was a fast paced game full of amazing defense on both sides of the ball.

In the second game Essex scored two in the 2nd and 3rd to jump ahead of Waterbury 4-1 but again Waterbury chipped away scoring runs in the 5th and 7th. Despite a scare in the bottom of the ninth
Essex was able to hold on to the lead and win the second game 4-3.

Both teams were very evenly matched, which made for a fun exciting day of vintage base ball action. Waterbury captured the Cherry Bat Championship honors from Essex this year, Huzzah to them. It is always a pleasure to match up against them.


Vintage Ballists’ Invitational

The Providence Game Hens have organized an 1886-style round-robin Vintage Base Ball Invitational that will feature themselves, Hartford Senators, Boston Colonials, New Hampshire Granite and our Essex Base Ball Club. All of the game will be played at Chestnut Hill Park in Brighton, MA.

10:00am – Essex BBC vs. Boston Colonials
12:30pm – Game Hens vs. Hartford Senators
3:30 – New Hampshire Granite vs. Picked Nine

Click here for directions. Or, take the Green Line (C-Train) to Cleveland Circle.

Exhibition In Methuen, MA Against Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit

The Essex Base Ball Club matched up on a brisk Thursday night in September to teach the Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit players the rules of 1861. They quickly picked up the rules and actually jumped ahead of Essex but thanks to the clutch hitting of Jeff “Greybeard” Peart Essex was quickly regained the lead for the rest of the game. The Essex Base Ball Club would like to thank the Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit- especially Mario Pagnoni- for putting this all together and being great hosts.

What a weekend for Essex


The Essex Base Ball Club played four games this weekend winning all of them. On Saturday they matched up against the Cornish Game Hens for a split 1861 and 1886 game at the Lawrence Sons of Italy. Both games were close but Essex held on for the victories. All played well and a good time was had by all. We would like to thank the Cornish Game Hens for making the trip up and to the Lawrence Sons of Italy for letting us use the field.


On Sunday Essex squared off in NEVBBL action against their sister club the Lynn Live Oaks as part of Historic Waltham Days at Cornea Warren Field in Waltham, MA. Essex club swept the day behind their heavy duty offense and tight defense. Essex improved their league record to 8-2 and look forward to finishing off league play against the always tough Waterbury Connors.

Essex Takes Two From New London

The Essex Base Ball Club improved its league record to 4-2 with impressive wins over the Thames Base Ball Club of New London, CT. Essex put up 14 runs in the first game behind the impressive hitting of September call up Lee Smith. Lee almost hit for the cycle missing only the homerun. The combination of Brian “Wiz” Bessse and Bill “The Undertaker” Gendall held the Thames Club to only one run. In the second game Essex continued its impressive offensive onslaught posting 9 runs to New London’s 1. The defense was led by Pat “Stonehands” Foley who made some tremendous catches including a one handed snag of a line drive. The wins were a team effort.

The club returns to action this weekend on both Saturday September 16th and Sunday September 17th . They will take on the Cornish Game Hens at the Lawrence Sons of Italy on Saturday at 11am and then Sunday at 1pm face off against there friends the Lynn Live Oaks in Waltham, MA.

Clinton All Star Game

The Clinton All Star game in Clinton, MA Saturday August 26th was a great success. Ten teams from throughout New England were there to help teach the 500 cranks in attendance the rules of 1861 and 1886. The New England All Stars won both games but fun was had by all. We would like to thank the Wachusett Chamber of Commerce for and all the people in Clinton, MA for hosting such an event and we look forward to doing it again next year.