The Essex Base Ball Club, Melrose Pondfielders, and Newtown Sandy Hooks all traveled to beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury this past Saturday to take part in a triple header. Despite temperatures that were in the high 90’s the teams battled hard and each club was able to take one game on the day. In the first game the Pondfielders were able to deal the Essex Nine their first loss since late May holding on to a 5-4 victory. In the second game the Sandy Hooks beat the Pondfielders 15-5. In the third game the Essex Nine rebounded and beat the Hooks 11-5.

After the games Spencer Peirce Little Farm hosted its second annual Beer, Baseball, and BBQ dinner in their newly renovated barn. Ipswich Ale supplied the beer and Tennessee BBQ supplied the food. A fine dinner was had by all.

Next game
Have you ever wondered how baseball was played 150 years ago? Join the Essex Base Ball Club on Saturday, July 30th at Spencer Peirce Little Farm (5 Littles Lane, Newbury, MA) to learn the rules of 19th century ‘base ball’ and to try your hand at playing yourself. Take a few swings just for fun – or show us your skills and try out to join a new league we’re forming for the 2012 season! The fun starts at 12 p.m. For more information contact Brian Sheehy at historyball@yahoo.com, or visit http://www.essexbaseball.wordpress.com.

Lynn Takes Two

The Lynn Live Oaks traveled to beautiful Fort Warren on Georges Island to take on the Ipswich Brewers this past Sunday. The Oaks were able to defeat the Brewers in both ends of the doubleheader. The Brewers made the first game close but were not able to keep their defense in the late innings. As always it was a pleasure to play the Brewers.

Next Event
Join us Saturday July 23rd for a tripleheader at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury 11am-4pm and watch the Essex Base Ball Club take on the Melrose Pondfielders and Newtown Sandy Hook of CT. These fun vintage games feature underhand pitching, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed. 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.

11am- Essex vs. Melrose
1pm- Melrose vs. Newtown Sandy Hooks
3pm Essex vs. Sandy Hooks

After the games the action does not end, join us at 6:30 on Saturday, July 23, for a barbeque feast under the big top at the farm. This multi-course dinner pairs eight brews from Ipswich Ale and friends with innovative barbeque dishes from Tennessee’s Barbeque including their award-winning Memphis ribs, pulled pork, and chicken. After dinner join baseball historian Brian Sheehy to learn how brewers and baseball worked together in the past and meet the members of the Essex Base Ball Club.
You can register by calling SPL at 978-462-2634 or registering on-line here…just be aware that you’ll need to log in as a member to get the member price.

$25 Historic New England members, $40 nonmembers

The Past Two Weeks

July 2nd the Essex Nine traveled to Smolak Farms in North Andover to participate in a charity game against the North Andover High Varsity Baseball team. Both Cappy and Monkey coach at North Andover High so they wanted to show their former players how “19th century” baseball was played. Both games were defensive stalemates with the NA Varsity taking the first game 2-1 but Essex taking the second game 3-2. The Essex Nine was impressed by how quickly the modern players picked up the vintage game and hope that some of them consider trying their hand at playing 19th century base ball in the future.

On July 10th the Essex Nine participated in the 6th annual Civil War Base Ball Game in Waltham. The games were against the Melrose Pondfielders and saw the Essex Nine win both matches by the scores of 8-1 and 13-3. The games highlights were Swifty hitting two homeruns. Check out a story in the Waltham Tribune