For the third time this year the Essex Base Ball Club traveled to beautiful Georges Island to play inside of historic Fort Warren. The day saw the Essex Nine matched up against the Lynn Live Oaks with the added bonus of having both the 2004 and 2007 World Series Trophies on the island. The first game saw the Live Oaks charge off to a strong lead but the Essex offense was too much behind the blazing speed of Cappy and his two triples and the Essex Nine captured a 12-7 victory. The second game was the same back and forth nail bitter but the Essex Nine was again victorious 9-6. Bill “The Undertaker” Gendall also baffled the Lynn batters with his speed ball.
The Essex and Lynn squads would like to thank everyone associated with Georges Island and the Boston Island Alliance for allowing us access to the island and for being so accommodating to us. We look forward to many more trips out there.
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The next game for both Essex and Lynn will be Saturday September 6th in the much anticipated return to Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury. The day will begin at 11am with the Essex Nine matched up against the Fitchburg Rollstones, 1pm Lynn Live Oaks vs. Fitchburg and 3pm Essex vs. Lynn. As always the day is co sponsored by Ipswich Ale and will feature the much loved beer truck. Don’t worry kids they also serve delicious soda…. For more info about the farm visit http://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/homes/little.htm
On Saturday the Boston Beaneaters matched up against the Boston Colonials and Temperance Cadets of Rhode Island in a set of 1886 games as part of Cambridge Historical Days. The day promised to be an action packed day and the Beaneaters did not disappoint. In the first game Drew Murphy took the hill and despite some early inning wildness settled down to capture a 14-2 victory. All members chipped in at the plate. The second game saw Chris “The Monkey” Sheehy take the hill to match up against the Cadets. In a battle for first place in the New England Vintage Base Ball League Monkey battled through some early inning bumps and a sore arm to keep the Beaneaters within striking distance late in the game. Unfortunately for the Beaneaters the Cadet pitcher completely shut down their offense to secure a 6-4 win and more than likely the championship of the league. It was a great set of games and the Beaneaters would like to thank the Cambridge Historical Commission for allowing us to use the field and being part of their weekend.
On Sunday the Essex Nine faced off against the up and coming Fitchburg Rollstones. Despite having only 8 guys in the first game the Essex Club hung in there and lost a close match by the score of 16-13. In the second game the Fitchburg gentlemen were kind enough to lend us two fine ballist and behind their battery we were able to capture a 8-7 victory. The day was sponsored by the Haverhill Historical Society and we hope to continue our relationship with them next year.
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Important News ….. The Saturday “All Star” game in Danvers has been canceled. The game on Georges Island on Sunday is still on but will feature the Essex Nine vs. the Lynn Live Oaks. The games will take place at historic Fort Warren on Georges Island in Boston Harbor on Sunday August 24th at 11am and 1pm. As an added bonus the 2007 World Series trophy will be on hand for photographs and Cappy’s 19th century baseball exhibit will also be on display. For more information on how to get out to the island check http://www.bostonislands.com/trip_getthere.html
The Essex and Lynn Clubs could not have asked for better weather as they matched up this past Sunday for a friendly game of base ball. The Essex Nine was excited to see the return of AJ “The Giant” Guanci at his familiar first base position and in the middle of the order. The exact score or amount of innings played is not exactly remembered or known but it was a well played game on both sides. Some highlights include several key hits by Sir Jay and several foul tip out by Kevin Foley. Rob “Stumbles/ Magglio” Michaud was cheered all day long by his adoring young fans. The clubs would like to thank all of those who stuck around and watched.
Saturday August 16th 10:30-3pm St. Peters Field in Cambridge, MA
The Boston Beaneaters will square off against the Boston Colonials and Olneyville Temperance Cadets in 1886 action. The games will decide the champion of the New England Vintage Base Ball League. The game is part of Cambridge Discovery Days www.cambridgema.gov/historic/walks.html and will celebrate the three 19th century Hall of Fame Players from Cambridge, MA. The three Hall of Famers are John Clarkson, Tim Keefe, and Joe Kelley. Players from the Beaneaters will be wearing their uniforms and there will be an exhibit on display. Come enjoy the historic baseball game.
Sunday August 17th 12pm start doubleheader- Riverside Park in Haverhill, MA
The Essex Base Ball Club will square off against the Fitchburg Rollstones in 1861 action. The game is sponsored by the Haverhill Historical Society and promises to be a great day.
Directions to Riverside Park, Haverhill, MA
From the North and West:
495 to Exit 51A (Main St. towards Haverhill). Continue for approx. 2
miles and take left on Water St. just before bridge. After approx. 1.5
miles Water St. becomes Lincoln Ave. Continue on Lincoln Ave. for
approx. 0.5 miles until you pass a brick wall football stadium. Take
right into Riverside Park immediately after brick wall.
From the South and East:
95 North to Exit 54B (or Exit 54 if heading 95 South) towards Route
133 West. Continue straight for approx. 6 miles until you cross an
iron bridge. After the bridge, follow road to the left and past Market
Basket shopping plaza. Just before brick wall, turn left into driveway
of Riverside Park.
The Boston Beaneaters traveled to Long Island NY this past weekend to participate in the 11th annual Old Bethpage Festival. On Saturday the Beaneaters were matched up against the Elizabeth Athletic Club but I guess they got nervous and decided to leave. We ended up playing a mixed nine squad made up of members of the EAC, Providence Grays, and NY Gothams. Drew Murphy took the mound and was dominate in the 13-2 win.
On Sunday we were matched up against the Providence Grays and after a back and forth battle the score was 7-7 through nine innings. Unfortunately we were on a time limit and could not go into extra innings so we had to settle for a tie.
The Beaneaters would like to thank all of the people who put the festival together and the Providence Grays for chipping in and on Saturday and making something out of nothing. We would also like to thank them for a great game on Sunday.
Bethpage Pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/28827726@N04/sets/72157606557745482
Sunday August 10th 12pm at Glen Magna/ Endicott Park in Danvers, MA. http://www.glenmagnafarms.org/gm/directions.html
The Essex Base Ball Club will take on the Lynn Live Oaks in 1861 rule action. This game will be open to the public so anyone wishing to try their hand at vintage base ball can join in and play. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the action.