The Beaneaters traveled back to Warwick, RI on Saturday to participate in another round robin tournament with the Providence Grays and Cornish Game Hens of Providence. The first game of the day pitted the Beaneaters against the Grays. Chris “The Monkey” Sheehy took the pitching box for the Beaneaters and struggled out of the gate allowing several runs in the first 2 innings. Monkey, suffering from limited warm up time, recovered from early inning mistakes and held the Grays to only one more run in the 8th inning. The Beaneaters bats and team were silent until the 7th inning when the team was awakened by a diving play at shortstop made by Pat Cook to rob a Gray of a hit and save a run. After that play the cob webs were shaken off and the Beaneaters offense exploded batting around in the bottom of the 7th. The final score was not remembered but it was a well played game.
In the second game of the day the Beaneaters squared off against the Hens and the Beaneater offense did not skip a beat picking up where it left off in the late innings of the first game piling on runs. Drew Murph did the hurling for the Beaneaters and kept the Hens off balance with a mixture of pitches. Again the final score was not remembered but the Beaneaters would like to thank the Hens for hosting the day.
The Lynn Live Oaks squared off against the Melrose Pondfielders at Seaside Park in Marblehead, MA. The scores were 6-2 and 3-0 both in favor of Melrose.
The Essex Base Ball Club will head to Mattapoisett, MA on Sunday August 5th to participate in the 150th anniversary of the town.
As always the games were exciting when the Waterbury Connors traveled up to Greater Lawrence Technical High School to square off against the Essex Base Ball Club in an event sponsored by the Andover Historical Society. In the first game of the day the Essex club got off to a horrible start making error after error allowing 6 runs in the first two innings, but Essex was able to chip away scoring one run in the 1st, 3 in the 5th and then 2 in the 6th to tie up the game at 6 runs a piece. The Essex defense began to wake up not allowing another run until the top of the 9th which turned out to be a deficit they could not make up in the 9th, so game #1 went to the Connors 7-6.
In the second game of the day Essex chipped away scoring single runs in the 4th and 5th then 3 runs in both the 7th and 9th for a total of 8. After a shaky start in the first game the Essex defense was solid holding the powerful Connors to just 3 runs in the second game. Some of that credit has to also go to Bill “The Undertaker” Gendall who kept the Connors bats silent with his wide array of pitches. The offense on the day was led by Brian “Cappy” Sheehy who had several long drives that helped drive in several runs. Aaron “Crash” Horwitz played a hard game often sacrificing his body diving into bases.
Saturday July 28th is a busy day for the Organization as the Lynn Live Oaks square off against the Melrose Pondfielders at 1 pm at Seaside Park in Marblehead, MA and then the Boston Beaneaters head down to the Hen House in Warwick, RI to participate in a tournament.
Press Release for July 21st
Come join the Essex Base Ball Club as they return to the area on Saturday July 21st to take on the Waterbury Connors of Waterbury, CT at 12pm at Greater Lawrence Technical High School in Andover, MA. The two clubs will square off in two exhibitions of 1861 base ball (two words back then), then after the games the players will allow kids of all ages to swing a bat and take a run around the bases. The event is being sponsored by the Andover Historical Society, admission is free but donations will be welcome. Come enjoy the day.
For more info on the event contact Captain Brian Sheehy at firstname.lastname@example.org , 978-790-5707 or check out our web site www.essexbaseball.org and read more about the team and the rules. To read a preview of the game click the newspaper section on the site.
Directions FROM THE NORTH
Take Route 93 South to Exit 45 (River Road). At the top of the ramp, turn right. Proceed on River Road for approximately ¼ (one quarter) of a mile; at the third traffic light, turn left into the school driveway and parking lot area.
FROM THE SOUTH
Take Route 93 North to Exit 45 (River Road). At top of the ramp, turn left onto River Road. Proceed on River Road for approximately ¼ (one quarter) of a mile; at the second traffic light, turn left into the school driveway and parking lot area.
How To Make A Base Ball- 1861 Style
On Saturday the Boston Beaneater headed to Brighton, MA to face off against the Boston Colonials in a heavily anticipated showdown. Jim “Crazy Legs” Wigren took the mound for the Beaneaters and while pitching well was not helped by the sporadic defense of the club. The Beaneaters went into the mid innings down as many as 7 but battled back to go ahead a run in the top of the 8th. In the bottom of the 8th the Colonials were able to score 4 runs to go up three runs. The Beaneaters were able to tally one more run to end up losing 21-19. It was a hard fought back and forth game.
The Beaneaters return to action July 28th in Warwick, RI. The next local game is Saturday July 21st as the Essex Nine take on the Waterbury Connors at 12pm at Greater Lawrence Technical High School (57 River Rd. Andover, MA)
Several members of the club headed to our resident bat maker, Patrick Cook’s house, to learn how to make a bat… Check out how he does it. Soon to be added- How to Make A Lemon Peel Base Ball….
The action continued this week on and off the field for the Essex Base Ball Organization.
Off the field Brian “Cappy” Sheehy ventured to Hillcrest Terrace Retirement Community in Manchester, NH on Wednesday to talk about 19th century baseball and educate the crowd on baseball history what the Essex Base Ball Organization does to recreate that history. Cappy did a repeat performance the following day in Beverly, MA for the Beverly Council of Aging. The crowd was receptive to the lectures and many of them hope to come out and see the teams play. Cappy will hit the other end of the age spectrum in a few weeks as he heads to Middlesex Community College to teach some kids how to play baseball like they did in 1861.
The Organization also made headlines in the newspapers this past week with articles appearing in the Georgetown Record and Boston Globe. Here are the links to the articles
With all the action off the field there was still an overhand tournament on Saturday in Warwick, RI for the Essex Base Ball Club and they were up to the task. In the early game they took on the Boston Colonials and even with eight players were able to capture the victory 15-1. Chris “Monkey” Sheehy pitched 5 strong innings before Pat “Cue Ball” Cook took over in the 6th and baffled the Colonials with his blazing fastball. In the championship game against our good friends the Cornish Game Hens of Providence Monkey took the mound again and while not at 100% still held the Hens bats to just 7 runs, but in the end the Essex bats were only able to tally 6. The game was close throughout and as always all of the players had a great time playing against the Hens. Huzzah to the Hens for the victory and for hosting the tournament.
On Sunday several members of the Organization participated in Vintage Base Ball Day at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI to honor the 10th anniversary of the Providence Grays. The event was a lot of fun and great for our sport.
Keep an eye out in the photo section for new updates…. The Boston Beaneaters hope to continue their success this Saturday as they square off against the Boston Colonials in Brighton, MA.