Memorial Day Weekend at the Ball Park

Members of the Essex Base Ball Organization traveled to Manchester, NH this past Sunday to take part in the first Vintage Base Ball Day with the NH Fisher Cats- the AA Blue Jays. Members of the Essex Nine, Lynn Live Oaks, Boston Beaneaters, and NH Granite were honored before the game and Brian ‘Cappy’ Sheehy threw out the first pitch. On Monday four members of the Boston Beaneaters paired up with the Providence Grays to take on the NH Granite in one inning exhibition of 1886 rules following the American Defenders of NH game. It was a great weekend of baseball.

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Next Game Sunday May 31st at Endicott Park in Danvers, MA
10am Essex vs. Fitchburg
12pm Fitchburg vs. Dirigo Club of Maine
2pm Lynn Live Oaks vs. Dirigo

Lynn Sweeps/ Essex Splits

The Lynn Live Oaks squared off for the 2nd time this season against the always dangerous Melrose Pondfielders this past Saturday on the beautiful meadow at Endicott Park.  The games were close but the Oaks were able to hold off the Pondfielders to take both games on the day.  The first game was a back and forth affair with the Oaks pulling out the victory 15 to 14 in 10 innings, the second game saw the Oaks take the game 13-10.

On Sunday the Essex Nine traveled to Devens, MA to take on the Fitchburg Rollstones.  Without a full complement of Essex players they were still able to split the day with the Rollstones, dropping the first game 13-5 but taking the second 10-1.  The second game was a mystery because after putting up 10 runs in the first inning the Essex Nine failed to put up another run but thankfully Bill “The Undertaker” Gendall was on the mound to shut down the Fitchburg offensive. 

Next Game
Sunday May 31st at Endicott Park in Danvers, MA
10 am- Essex vs. Fitchburg
12pm- Fitchburg vs. Dirigo Club of Maine
2pm- Lynn vs. Dirigo

We are planning a cookout so come join us with a blanket and enjoy the action.

We are also still looking for some players so if you are interested contact Brian Sheehy at

Another Split

The Essex Nine matched up this past Saturday against the Melrose Pondfielders in two well played games of 1861 rules.  The first game saw the Essex squad march out to a commanding lead and never look back taking the game 10-2.  The second game was a defensive gem with both side making play after play but the boys from Melrose were able to score 2 while the home town boys only tallied 1.  The Essex bats were silent due to the masterful pitching of Gaps Harlow who has a knack for making batters swing and pop out.  The Essex guys would like to thank the Pondfielders for the games and we look forward to seeing them soon.

 Next Game

Saturday May 16th Lynn vs. Melrose 12pm at Endicott Park Danvers, MA

Sunday May 17th Essex @. Fitchburg 1pm in Devens, MA

Opening Weekends For the Three Clubs

The Lynn Live Oaks kicked off their season on April 25th with a bang with two knock down drag out battles with the revamped Melrose Pondfielders.  The first game was a game in which one team would score 3 and then the other team would score 4 but luckily in the bottom of the 9th the Oaks were able to knock in the winning run to take the game 23-22.  The Oaks were not as fortunate in the second game as the Ponfielders were able to steal their thunder with a bottom of the 9th walk off hit to take the game 12-11. 

The Essex Nine matched up the following day against the always tough Fitchburg Rollstones and neither team disappointed.  The first game saw the Rollstones take the victory with a 13-10 win but the Essex Club pulled themselves together and took game two 20-12.  This means that all four teams in the Northern MA Vintage Base Ball League are tied for first place with a 1-1 record. 

The Boston Beaneaters traveled down to Warwick RI this past weekend to take on last year’s 1886 Eastern Division New England Vintage Base Ball League champions the Olneyville Cadets.  The Beaneaters traveled down to Warwick with only 7 regular players but they picked up a new recruit and played the game with only 8, but despite being short handed the Beaneaters dominated the day winning 22-6.  The team was lead by Chris ‘The Monkey” Sheehy who took to the pitchers box and dominated the Cadets batters with his array of pitches.  The Beaneater bats were also in mid season form putting up multiple runs in just about every inning. 

The Essex Nine returns to action Saturday May 9th at 12pm at Endicott Park in Danvers as they square off against their archrivals the Melrose Pondefielders.  Admission is free so bring a chair and enjoy base ball as it was played in 1861.