History Repeated…

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Mishawum and Webster Clubs of Woburn

Members of the Essex Base Ball Organization gathered at Library Field in Woburn, MA to participate in Woburn’s 375th anniversary of its founding. To celebrate the history of Woburn players from the league played as the Mishawum and Webster Base Ball Clubs. The Mishawum and Webster Clubs were two clubs that played in Woburn in the 1860’s. On June 17th 1867 the two met in a rain shortened 5 inning game in which the Mishawum Club was victorious 31-16. 9 innings were played and there was no rain the modern day rematch but the result was the same with the Mishawum’s winning 13-6.

Mishawum vs Webster June 22 1867 Middlesex Journal

In game two of the day members of the Essex Base Ball Organization played Woburn High baseball and softball players and coaches, local celebrities, and Woburn mayor Scott Galvin. It was a fun filled game that exposed new people to 1860’s rules.

Also on hand for the day were the Red Sox World Series trophies, Wally, and much more. We would like to thank all of the people of Woburn for coming out and allowing us to participate in the 375th celebration. We would also like to send a special thanks to Liberty Bay Credit Union for supporting us and sponsoring a really great event.

Here is a story from Wicked Local Woburn http://woburn.wickedlocal.com/news/20170722/vintage-baseball-tournament-played-in-woburn

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Game in Woburn July 22nd

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Red Sox Showcase & Vintage Baseball

Saturday, July 22 | Library Park 63 Harrison Ave, Woburn, MA 01801 
10:00 am – 3:30 pm

A day of fun for the whole family!

CALLING ALL BASE BALL FANS: The Red Sox Foundation’s traveling showcase truck is making a stop at Library Park, complete with batting cages, pitching stations,
a Steal 2nd Challenge, and virtual reality experience. While you’re there, hang out with Wally the Green Monster and have your picture taken with the 2013 World Series Trophy!

Vintage Baseball kicks off at 12:30 with a matchup between the Mishawum and Webster Base Ball Club, two historic local teams brought back to life by The Essex Base Ball League. The winner will play against the Woburn Local Celebrity Team!

Liberty Bay will be on site with exciting giveaways, and an open-air photo booth to help you commemorate your day! It’s an event you surely don’t want to miss!

See you there!

About the Day

Come down to see the Essex Base Ball League play an exhibition game, played by the rules used in the 1860’s. Learn how baseball used to be played back in the 1860s, when the umpire would go to the fans for help making a call, and players fielded the ball without gloves! Watch the Essex Base Ball League take on the personas of baseball teams that played in Woburn back in the 1860s. And, watch some of our local celebrities take on the pros in a game like they’ve never played before. Click here to learn more.

Learn more about this and all Woburn 375 events at http://www.woburn375.com.

 

 

The Prince Returns to Spencer Peirce Little Farm….

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On a beautiful sunny summers day this past Sunday the Lowell Nine and Live Oaks of Lynn returned home to historic Spencer Peirce Little Farm to square off in two action packed 1864 rules matches. In game one the Lowell Nine marched out to eight runs in the first inning and never looked back securing a 17-2 over the Live Oaks. The team was led by Alex Short’s two homeruns, which he secured with his new Phoenix Bat specials. The offense was solid from top to bottom and solid defense was all around for Lowell.

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Alex Shorts

Lowell was also sparked by the return of Jim “Prince” Bodwell. “Prince” was with the team for several years during Lowell’s dominant run but due to a new job he had to move down south to the land of Dixie. “Prince” returned for a visit this past weekend and wowed players and fans alike with hits, hustle, and dramatic plays. The highlight of Prince’s performance was throwing out a Live Oak runner at first base from left field. We would like to thank Jim for playing and hope that he returns soon.

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Jim “Prince” Bodwell

In game 2 the Live Oaks fought back to make a game of it but the pitching of John “Face Plant” Lynch and the solid Lowell defense helped them secure a 13-6 victory.

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The next time out will be a triple header Sunday July 16th starting at 11am featuring the NH Granite, the Live Oaks of Lynn, and the Rockinghams of Portsmouth.