In June of 1867 the crack baseball club of New England, the Lowell Base Ball Nine of Boston, came to Portsmouth, NH to take on the local Portsmouth Rockingham Club. The Rockinghams were formed in 1866 and had played a handful of games prior to taking on the much more experienced Lowell Nine, and that inexperience showed as the Lowells were able to easily defeat Portsmouth Rockinghams by a very lopsided score.
Fast forward to August 17th 2013 and we shall see if history will repeat itself as the current version of the Portsmouth Rockinghams take on the current version of Lowell Base Ball Nine at Leary Field at 12pm. Prior to the game the clubs will be offer a kids clinic in which members of the clubs will show kids the old equipment and allow them a few swings.
Along with the games acclaimed author Ed Achorn will be on hand singing copies of his book
“59 in 84” and “The Summer of Beer & Whiskey” . After the games members of the clubs will be
doing a meet and greet at the Rusty Hammer.
Both clubs are members of the five team Essex Base Ball Organization, a non profit 19th century base ball organization that recreates the game of baseball as it was played in the 1860’s. The game is sponsored by the Portsmouth Athenaeum, Sam Adams, and the Rusty Hammer.