Lynn and Newburyport split

On Sunday, August 19, the Lynn Live Oaks and Newburyport Clamdiggers played a double-header at Spencer Peirce Little Farm – a makeup for a rainout earlier this year on George’s Island in Boston Harbor. In the first game Lynn jumped to an early lead, but the Newburyport strikers came alive in the later innings and claimed a 9-5 victory.

The second game was a hard-fought extra-inning affair, and a real treat for cranks and players alike. Lynn rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, and might have won it in regulation had not Newburyport successfully executed the hidden ball trick – for the second time that game – to end the inning. But with one out in the bottom of the twelfth, Lynn’s new shortstop Matt (so new, we don’t know his last name yet – the victim of both hidden ball ploys) hit a booming triple, and scored on Jim Leopardi’s called-shot single up the middle. The game included many fine defensive plays, include acrobatic putouts by Newburyport third baseman Pat ‘Short Order’ Cook and well-fielded foul-outs by Lynn catcher Mark Soltysiak. The cranks – many of whom were return visitors from the previous weekend – remained glued to their seats to the very end.

On Sunday, August 26, Newburyport squares off against Lowell at Spencer Peirce, in a doubleheader starting at noon. And don’t forget some of the other games we have coming up at the farm, including games at the Ipswich Fall Fest (Sept. 15) and the Old-Time Music and Harvest Festival (Sept. 29). Check this graphic for our full fall schedule.

Thanks again to the folks at Spencer Peirce Little Farm for providing refreshments, including delicious Ipswich Ale. We hope cranks will consider joining Historic New England, owners of Spencer Pierce and many other historic properties throughout New England, and big supporters of the Essex Base Ball Association. Remember, Historic New England members get free admission to all Essex Base Ball Association games at Spencer Peirce.

Busy Weekend

The Essex Base Ball Association has a busy week with Cappy speaking at the Saugus Rotary Club on Thursday, Cappy and Monkey doing a kids clinic on Georges Island, and Lowell taking on the Clamdiggers on Sunday at 12pm.

If you are interested in joining Monkey and Cappy on Georges Island for a kids clinic and checking out a variety of other Civil War related activities check out

Sunday the Lowell Nine hopes to get back on track as they match up against the Newburyport Clamdiggers. Games start at 12pm and refreshments will be for sale. Admission is $5 and free for Historic NE members.

Check out our end of the year postcard

Essex & Atlantics Split a Pair

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Saturday August 11 2012
In a heated double header between two of the better teams on the Eastern Seaboard, Essex Base Ball Club & The Atlantic Base Ball Club split a pair of games. Essex held off a fierce 9th inning charge to preserve the game 1 victory 8-7, while the Atlantics flipped the table in game 2 to win 5-4. Both games saw an uncountable number of fantastic defensive plays, and both teams had nothing left to give by the time hats were raised to salute the crowd. EBBA would like to thank the ABBC for traveling North to MA; we look forward to playing two more soon. We can only hope to have games this good for the rest of the season.

Bringing the perfect touch to the afternoon was Matthew Muise and his imagery. Please enjoy Matthew’s shots and visit his website & blog

Tough Time Down South

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The Essex Base Ball Club traveled to Terrapin Station Winery in Elkton Maryland to take on the Diamond State Base Ball Club and Elkton Eclipse this past weekend. On a sweltering day the Essex boys charged out to early leads in both matches but bad defense allowed the locals to take the lead and win both games. The EBBC enjoyed meeting new clubs and thank the Elkton Eclipse for their postgame meal of local crab. We look forward to 2013 when both clubs travel up to Spencer Peirce Little Farm. On Sunday the EBBC traveled to Coney Island to play a demo game against the Brooklyn Atlantics prior to the Brooklyn Cyclones game. In the 6 innings we played the Atlantics were able to “win” 4-0. Good thing Essex doesn’t need to wait long to take on the Atlantics…..

Come see the Essex Base Ball Club and Brooklyn Atlantics, two of the best vintage base ball clubs in the country, face off Saturday August 11th at 11am at beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA. The two clubs will play two games by 1861 rules, which include underhand pitching, an out can be recorded on a bounce, and there will be no gloves. After the two games the Essex Base Ball Organization will host an open try out for a new team that will debut in 2013. Anyone who would like to try their hand at playing 1861 rules baseball is welcome to test it out around 2pm. Food and Ipswich Ale will be available for purchase, so bring a chair or a blanket and come see baseball as it was played during the Civil War. Admission is $5, free for Historic New England members. For more information contact Brian Sheehy at or

Photos Courtesy of Mitch Lebovic