Father’s Day Weekend a Success

The first annual Father’s Day Weekend Baseball, Beer, and BBQ was a great success. On Saturday prior to the dinner Cappy, Monkey, and Pat Cook traveled up to Hampton Academy in Hampton, NH to help them celebrate its 200th anniversary by doing a demo and playing students and faculty from the school. We had a great time and hope to go back there next season.

Later that night the folks at Spencer Peirce Little Farm and Mercury Brewing hosted our first beer and baseball dinner. The night was well attended with close to 100 people enjoying Tennessee BBQ, fine beers from Mercury Brewing, and a lecture on beer and baseball from Cappy. The night went great and all enjoyed their time and look forward to trying it again. We would like to thank the farm and the Brewers for hosting such a great event.

Sunday we were back at the farm for a triple header of 1861 base ball action. Members of the Essex Base Ball Club, Lynn Live Oaks, Ipswich Brewers, Bristol Blues, and NH Granite combined to play the games in extreme heat and thunderstorms. Despite the conditions a fine series of matches were played. See the attached news story from the NewburyportNews

For the weekend and our new connection with the fine gentlemen at Ipswich Ale we create tee shirts showing the connection between baseball and beer. Tee shirts are $15 and can be purchased at our games or contact Cappy at historyball@yahoo.com

Game Called- Big Weekend Next Week

Due to the weather our game today on Georges Island has been canceled. We are looking to try to reschedule but open dates for us are limited.

Father’s Day weekend is shaping up to be a big one.

Saturday June 19th at 1pm we will be joining up with the NH Granite to celebrate Hampton Academy’s bicentennial. The Essex Base Ball Organization will be on hand to teach the kids about the history of 19th century base ball and let them play a few innings.

Later that night we will be shifting gears and heading to Spencer Pierce Little Farm in Newbury, MA for our first annual Beer, Baseball, and BBQ Dinner. Guests will sample eight brews from Ipswich Ale Brewery, Cisco Brewers, and Sherwood Forest Brewers, paired with innovative barbeque dishes from Tennessee’s Barbeque in Peabody. Along with the dinner Brian “Cappy” Sheehy will be on hand to lecture on baseballs interesting connection to beer and brewers. Lou Blasi one of the authors of T206 The Players and Their Stories will be on hand selling their new book. Tickets for the event are still on sale contact Bethany Groff bgroff@historicnewengland.org or 978-462-2634 but hurry as they are selling fast. Tickets for the dinner will not be sold at the door but you can show up enjoy the lectures and purchase beer.

Sunday June 20th the Essex Base Ball Club, Lynn Live Oaks, the Ipswich Brewers, and other members of the vintage base ball community will be playing ball from 11-4pm at the farm in Newbury . If you ever had an interest in trying your hand at playing Fathers Day is your opportunity. The games will be informal and all will be welcome to try their hand at playing a few innings. Bring your dad and enjoy the games and the free samples from Ipswich Ale.

The Past Few Weeks

It has been a busy few weeks for us. On Saturday May 22nd the Beaneaters traveled to Laconia NH to take on the NH Granite in a set of 61 and 86 rules. Both games were won by the Beaneaters. It was a good day that was sponsored by the Laconia Historical Society.

May 23rd we kicked off our season at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury. Here are the results
11am Lynn vs. Essex, Essex won
12:30 Lynn vs. Dirigo, Dirigo won
2pm Ipswich Brewers vs. Dirigo, Dirigo won

May 29 The Essex Nine traveled to Hartford, CT to participate in the Colt Meadows Invitational. The first game saw them pair up against a mixed nine from the new Coltsville League. The game was close but Essex showed their seasoning winning the match. The second game was a rematch against the Brooklyn Atlantics but again the Atlantics were too strong beating the Essex Nine 10-5.

Our next match is Sunday June 13th against the Melrose Pondfielders on Georges Island at 12pm. For information on how to get out to the island http://www.islandalliance.org