The Essex Base Ball Club traveled to Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY this past weekend to play against the Brooklyn Atlantics and Flemington Neshanocks of NJ but the weekend began with a presentation to celebrate the career of baseball pioneer, Bud Fowler. Bud Fowler, the first African American in professional baseball, pitched three games in 1878 for the Lynn Live Oaks. The town of Cooperstown, NY honored Fowler this past April by naming a street in town “Bud Fowler Way”, so the Essex Base Ball Organization presented the mayor of Cooperstown with a Lynn Live Oak uniform. We hope that the increased recognition of Fowler will help boost the chance of one day seeing Fowler in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
When it came to the games the first match between Essex and Brooklyn was a beauty. The score kept going back and forth but Essex was able to pull ahead in the 10th inning to take the victory. Unfortunately for the Essex boys that was the end of their winning ways as they lost two to Flemington and then the return match against the Atlantics. It was a wonderful weekend and there has already been talk of a bigger tournament next season. Thank you to Ommegang Brewery for hosting us this past weekend.
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