Maine and Hot Dogs and Hits

This past weekend the Essex boys traveled to Freeport Maine to take on the Dirigo Base Ball Club of Augusta Maine. Both of the games were close affairs but the Essex Nine was able to hold on in both matches. The Essex BBC would like to thank the Dirigo boys for two great games and the Freeport Historical Society for putting together such a nice event.

Monday marked the 10th anniversary of the Essex Base Ball Club when we participated in our 10th History, Hot Dogs, and Hits in Danvers, MA. The game saw the Melrose squad a little short on numbers but we were able to mix things up a little and play a fine game that went into extra innings with each side scoring 2 runs. The game finished in a tie but fun was had by all.

Next game
July 2nd Poster


Perfect Fathers Day

Members of the fraternity of New England Base Ballist descended upon the idyllic field at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA for the annual New England All Star Game on Fathers Day featuring ballists from the Essex Base Ball Club, Lynn Live Oaks, Ipswich Brewers, NH Granite, Melrose Ponfielders, and Mudville BBC. The weather was perfectly suited for a day of baseball and the ballists did not disappoint the nearly 600 cranks who we in attendance with three finely played matches of 1861 rules base ball.

The highlight of the day was Red Sox great Jim Lonborg suiting up for a few innings and dazzling the crowd with this fine hurling and batting. A HUZZAH to Gentlemen Jim for playing a few innings with us.

Greybeard, Ralph, and Cappy with Jim Lonborg

Gentleman Jim deciding what bat to strike with

The Essex Base Ball Club was also featured in the Boston Globe North Section this past Sunday

Press Release for June 26th in Freeport Maine

With a long and winning baseball tradition by Town and high school teams, Freeport Historical Society presents a Sunday of Vintage Baseball.

On Sunday, June 26th at 1:00pm at historic Pettengill Farm (located 1 . 5mi from the main LLBean store,) join us on our old-fashioned farmer’s field for an authentic baseball game based on the 1860 rules between the Dirigo (ME) and Essex (MA) Vintage Baseball teams . Bring a blanket or folding chair, an umbrella and enjoy a summer’s afternoon .

After the teams play each other, the community is invited to play the teams!

The Essex “Ump” will explain the rules and the game rules will be will explained and available on our website,

Old-time music from The Maine Squeeze Accordian Band will be featured before and during the game .

Of course, beer was a staple at ballgames since its earliest days and we will not disappoint. Hotdogs, cold drinks and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will be available, as well . Adult tix: $5 . 00 . Members and kids are free .

The 2004 and 2007 Red Sox Trophies will be on display and we’ll have a Raffle for four Sea Dog’s tickets!

Check the FHS office (865-3170) in case of inclement weather. There is no raindate.

FMI: (207)865-3170 or or

Essex Keeps Rolling

The Essex and half of a Lynn squad traveled to Ommegang Brewery in historic Cooperstown, NY to participate in the first East vs. Mid West Vintage Base Ball Tournament. The weekend was hosted by the Cleveland Blues and included the Forest City Base Ball Club of Ohio, the Bay City Independents of Michigan, the Pittsburgh Franklins Sons of Thunder of Pennsylvania, the Flemington Neshancocks of New Jersey, the Ipswich Brewers, Lynn Live Oaks, and the Essex Base Ball Club.

Lynn with half a squad played three games winning one against the Cleveland Blues but unfortunately falling to the Pittsburgh and Bay City squads.

Essex continued its winning streak taking its first two games easily against the Forest City and Bay City squads. In the third game Essex began their match against the Cleveland Blues on Saturday but were forced to finish it Sunday morning because of rain, lightening and thunder. The game resumed the following day and saw the Essex boys fall behind 14-4. After that first inning on Sunday the Essex defense tightened up holding the Blues to just one run the rest of the game. The EBBC bats woke up and quickly marched back winning on a walk of hit in the last inning. In the fourth game Essex was able to continue the magic from the Blues game winning again in the late innings 4-3 rounding off a 4-0 record during the tournament.

We would like to thank the Cleveland Blues for inviting us to the tournament and we would like to thank all of the clubs that we played against, all of the were true gentlemen and we hope to see them all again on the field.

Post Game Team Dinner

The highlight of the weekend may have been Wiz stealing a lawnmower at Ommegang and cutting the grass…. I wish he hadn’t run over third base in the process.

Wiz being Wiz

Next Game
Spend Father’s Day June 19th at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury and watch The Red Sox’s first Cy Young Award winning pitcher Jim “The Gentleman” Lonborg throw the first pitch in the annual New England All Star game. Member of the Essex Base Ball Club, Lynn Live Oaks, Melrose Pondfielders, Mudville BBC, New Hampshire Granite, and Ipswich Brewers will compete in a triple header starting at 11am. Beer samples are provided by Ipswich Ale. Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Admission is $5 but free for Historic New England Members.

Essex Base Ball Organization to work with Lowell Spinners

The Essex Base Ball Club is excited to announce its new relationship with the Boston Red Sox single A affiliate club the Lowell Spinners. This season the Spinners program will feature a full page ad featuring the Essex Base Ball Club. Along with the program members of the Essex Nine will be setting up an information table at several of the Spinners home games.
The dates include:
Thursday June 30th
Tuesday July 19th
Wednesday August 3rd
Saturday August 20th

Come to a game and check out the future Red Sox, and while you are there stop by our table and learn about 19th century base ball. For tickets check out their web site

Strong Weekend

This past weekend saw both the Essex Nine and Lynn Live Oaks in action. On Saturday the Essex Nine traveled on a ferry to Fort Warren on Georges Island in Boston Harbor to square off against the Mudville BBC and the Saginaw Old Golds from Saginaw Michigan. In the first game the Essex ballists had to get used to the foreign rules of the Massachusetts game which included stakes for bases, no foul territory, and recording out by soaking (throw the ball at the run). Despite their relative inexperience in the style of game the Essex Nine was able to come out victorious over Mudville.

In the second game playing by their familiar 1861 New York style rules the Essex Nine chipped away at the boys from Michigan winning 12-4. The highlight of the game was Boom Boom hopping a fence and landing on his back to recover a baseball. Despite his valiant effort the Saginaw striker still managed a homerun. The Essex Nine would like to thank Mudville for the invite to the game and wish all the best to the Saginaw guys from Michigan. It was a great day and great to play a team from another section of the country.

On Sunday the Lynn Live Oaks took on the Ipswich Brewers in two games at Smolak Farm in North Andover. Both games were one sided with Lynn taking commanding leads in both games and never looking back. The final scores were forgotten but fun was had all around.

On June 11th and 12th both the Essex Nine and Lynn Live Oaks will be traveling to Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown NY for a showdown between teams from the East vs. teams from the West. The Lynn Live Oaks will be replacing the Melrose Pondfielders.