The Essex Base Ball Club will be traveling to Cooperstown, NY this weekend to participate in a mini tournament at Ommegang Brewery against the Brooklyn Atlantics of NY and Flemington Neshanocks of NJ. Along with playing games we will be paying tribute to a baseball pioneer, Bud Fowler. Bud Fowler was the first African American baseball player to play professionally when he pitched three games for the Lynn Live Oaks in 1878. Bud Fowler was actually from Cooperstown, NY and recently the town has named a square in his honor. On Saturday we will be presenting Jeff Katz, the mayor of Cooperstown, with an honorary Lynn Live Oak uniform. Check back for more on the trip when we get back.