The action packed weekend started on Saturday as the Lynn Live Oaks headed to Georgetown, MA to face off against a mixed Ironsides BBC, Melrose Pondfielders, and Essex BBC squad. Lynn took an early lead against the mixed squad and never looked back. The game was sponsored by the Georgetown Historical Society and witnessed by close to a hundred very interested cranks. After the game the players let kids take a few swings and they loved it. The organization would like to thank the Georgetown Historical Society for setting up the event and look forward to doing it again next season.
On Sunday the Essex squad made the long trip to Waterbury, CT to face off against the NY Mutuals and Brooklyn Atlantics. The squad was excited to face off against some of the best clubs from NY and the day did not disappoint. The first game pitted the Essex Nine against the powerful NY Mutuals. Essex tallied a few runs in the first and never looked back to hold on for a 5-3 victory. The game was fast paced (only an hour and ten minutes) and well played on both sides. In the second game the Brooklyn Atlantics took a 3-0 lead early and held on to it throughout most of the game but thanks to some late inning offense, Essex was able to tie the game and force extra innings. In the top of the 10th the Atlantics were able to pile on four runs and take a 7-3 lead. The Essex Nine was not about to quit and added another tally but the squad was not able to figure out the masterful pitching of “The Lip”. The event was a lot of fun and the Essex squad looks forward to seeing the NY clubs in the future.
The weekend was capped off with the sixth annual History, Hot Dogs, and Hits game on Monday night. The game as always pitted the Essex Nine and the Melrose Pondfielders. Both teams were short handed but overall the night was a success with several hundred cranks in attendance. Rob “Stumbles” Michaud was a crowd favorite and may have earned a new nickname- Maglio.
Essex returns to action this Saturday in an 1886 tournament in Warwick, RI.
The Boston Beaneaters traveled to East Providence on Saturday to take on the veteran squad of the Providence Grays in a split 1884/ 1886 series of games. The first game of the doubleheader was played by 1884 rules and saw Drew Murphy take the hill for the Beaneaters. Murph shook off the rust and pitched an amazing game, which saw the Beaneaters win 30-7. The whole team chipped in offensively but the team was really boosted by the return of Pat “Food Stamp” Foley from his run in with a fence in Bristol. Foley had two hits to go along with two walks. Drew Murphy helped his own cause with two homers in the first game to go along with several hits.
The second game of the day was played by 1886 rules and saw Chris “The Monkey” Sheehy take the mound, and as usual Monkey was dominant only allowing one run for the game. The Boston offense still was still red hot tallying 17 runs. Brian “Cappy” Sheehy chipped in with a homer in the second game to go along with several hits. The Beaneaters return to action July 7th as they take on the Boston Colonials.
The season is heating up this coming weekend with three sets of games in three days. On Saturday the Lynn Live Oaks head to Georgetown, MA for an exhibition for the Georgetown Historical Society, then on Sunday the Essex Base Ball Club heads to Waterbury, CT to take on the New York Mutuals and Brooklyn Atlantics. In the final game of the weekend, Essex takes on the Melrose Pondfielders in the annual Hot Dogs and Hits night at Endicott Park.
In the first of three NEVBBL tournaments the Essex Base Ball Club and Lynn Live Oaks traveled to Bristol, RI to match up against the other clubs in the league. The Lynn Live Oaks were matched up against the Waterbury Connors and New London Thames BBC and while they had some rookies manning some positions, were able to keep the games competitive losing 7-1 to Waterbury and 8-3 to New London. In the first game for Essex, they were able to hold off the Melrose Pondfielders to capture a 9-8 victory. The second game pitted Essex against the always tough Bristol Blues. In the top of the 1st Essex was able to tally one run, but then the game took a tragic turn in the bottom of the first. The first batter for Bristol hit a long fly ball to center field and Pat “Food Stamp” Foley made a gallant effort to catch up to the long fly but ran without regard for his body straight into a fence that laid in the middle of centerfield. The fence tore up Foley’s lip causing him and most of the Essex team a trip to the emergency room. Despite a few stitches he is recovering fine and will hopefully be back on the field soon. The team would like to solute Pat for his reckless abandon on the field.
Essex Returns to Action This Weekend…. Official Press Release
Come see the Essex Base Ball, the Lynn Live Oaks, and the Cornish Game Hens as they participate in an all day vintage base ball event on Saturday June 9th at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, MA. The first two games of the day (11am and 1pm) will be played by 1861 rules and the third game (3pm) will be played by 1886 rules. Admission to the event is $3, and food will be available along with samples from the Ipswich Ale Company. Please bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the vintage base ball action. For more information contact Brian Sheehy at 978-790-5707, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check us out on the web at www.essexbaseball.org. For directions check out http://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/homes/little.htm