Baseball in the Classroom Seminar

Baseball in the Classroom Flier

Baseball in the Classroom: How to make baseball themes and topics relevant in your social studies classroom

When: April 21st 1pm

Where: Concord Museum, Concord MA


Join educators Brian Sheehy and David Alexander as they provide unique, innovative, and creative new ways of engaging social studies students through our national game of baseball.  Both Brian and David have developed concepts, lessons, and discussion topics that educators can use in their traditional classrooms to provide their students with a fun and “different” way of looking at history.  Our goal is to make these materials more accessible to educators so that a new generation can understand and enjoy the rich history of baseball and the key part the game plays in our national identity.

Brian Sheehy is a history and wellness teacher at North Andover High where while teaching traditional history classes he has also created and developed several sports related electives, including Sports in American Culture and Sports of the Past.  Sports of the Past is a unique cross discipline class in which students learn about the history of a variety of sports and then play and earlier form of the sport.  Brian has also been involved with vintage baseball for 14 years and has given lectures and demonstrations on 19th century baseball all over the country and even in Ireland.  His 19th century base ball exhibit has been on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame, Fenway Park, libraries, museums, and other minor league ball parks.

David Alexander has been teaching in Massachusetts public schools since 1994.  In 2014 he was given the opportunity to develop a new elective course at Monomoy High school entitled Baseball & Society.  Creating this course from “scratch” has been both a challenging and rewarding experience.  Seeing first hand how using baseball can lead to profound moments in the classroom has motivated him to share his experiences with others.


For more information contact Brian Sheehy at or 978-790-5707.  While you are at the Concord Museum check out their special exhibition The Art of Baseball, April 17-September 20

Preseason Meeting Scheduled

The Essex Base Ball Organization will be holding a very brief informational meeting Saturday February 28th at 12pm at Spencer Peirce Little Farm.  If you are interested in learning more about the league and either participating as a player or umpire please attend.  After the meeting members of the organization will be heading out to distribute schedules to local establishments. For more information contact Brian “Cappy” Sheehy at

2015 Schedule

2015 Season If you are interested in hosting a game, booking a lecture, or a guest appearance please contact captain Brian Sheehy at . More dates and events will be posted soon.

**All games are at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA beginning at 10am unless otherwise noted**

Sunday April 19th- Practice Saturday

April 25- Essex Nine @ Brooklyn Atlantics in Smithtown NY Sunday

April 26th- Practice Saturday May 2nd- Lowell Base Ball Club vs. Lynn Live Oaks recreation game Concord Museum Sunday May 3rd- Practice Saturday May 9th Essex vs. Liberty Base Ball Club and Woodstock Nine in CT Sunday May 17th- Practice Sunday May 31st- League Opening Day Live Oaks vs. Rockinghams and Clamdiggers vs. Lowell Nine 10am- 3pm Sunday June 7th Lowell Nine vs. Rockinghams and Clamdiggers vs. Live Oaks 10am-3pm Saturday June 20th- Lecture at Concord Museum Sunday June 21st- Fathers Day BBQ- Clamdiggers vs. Rockinghams and Lowell Nine vs. Live Oaks 10am-3pm Sunday June 28th-  Live Oaks vs.  Lowell Nine and Rockinghams vs. Newburyport 10am- 3pm Sunday July 12th Lowell Nine vs. Clamdiggers and Rockinghams vs. Live Oaks 10am-3pm Saturday July 18th- Events Concord Museum Concord, MA Saturday July 25th- Essex BBC vs. Cleveland Blues on Georges Island Sunday July 26th-Open Game Live Oaks vs.  Clamdiggers and Rockinghams vs. Lowell Nine 10am- 3pm Saturday August 1st- Essex vs. Dirigo in Cornish ME @ Cornish Trotting Park Saturday August 8thFiber Revival Clamdiggers vs. Live Oaks 11am Saturday August 15- Lowell (playing as Keasarge) vs. Rockinghams in Portsmouth Saturday August 22nd-  Lowell Nine, Portsmouth Rockinghams, and Flemington Neshanocks 11am Sunday August 23 – Live Oaks, Clamdiggers, and Flemington Neshanocks @ Georges Island Sunday August 30th – Make Up Date Saturday Sept 12th- Ipswichfest Round 1 Playoffs- Team 3 vs. 4 best of 3, 7 inning…. 10am Team 1 vs. Team 2 Saturday Sept 26- Team 1 and the loser of Round 1 of playoffs vs. Mudville 11am Sunday Sept 27th – Round 2 playoffs 11am Sunday October 4- Finals 11am Saturday October 17th- Jan’s Pitch For Breast Cancer and the Arts

Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer Saturday October 18th

Just  a reminder of the Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer Fundraiser Game Saturday October 18th beginning at 10am.  Members of the vintage base ball community will gather at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA for a relaxed day of 3 or 4 1860’s  rules games, all for a great cause.  We will be raising money for breast cancer research and for inner city middle school art students in Lawrence.  Last year we raised over $6,000 and while it will be tough to top that mark this year lets try. JansPitch2014

Here are a few web sites for the event (event site

  1. If people would like to make a donation or buy a ticket to the game they can be purchased here
  2. We also have collected some great items that we will be auctioning off. You can contact  to place your bids  .  We will also have smaller raffle prizes on the day of the game.

As always Ipswich Ale will be available for purchase along with a food vendor.

We are hoping for a great day and finishing out the season on a positive note. Hope to see everyone there. Admission $5

Thank you,

Brian “Cappy” Sheehy

Essex Base Ball Organization

Lowell Captures the 2014 Championship… Thanks to MLP’s

2014 champs

The game according to Squints….

Another year with the Essex Base Ball Association has come to a close, and it truly ended with a BANG!  There was a constant mist in the air and the sky was grey, but despite the precarious weather, the game was well attended.

This year’s championship was a rematch from last year.  The Newburyport Claimdiggers, the reigning champs, were looking to hold on to the “cup” against the undefeated Lowell Base Ball Nine.  The Lowell Nine had been on a mission all season as we were still stinging from last year’s defeat.  Leading up to the game, there was much chatter amongst the team to rise up to the challenge and be ready to bring our “A” game.  Clips of incredible moments in sports and passionate motivation speeches were passed around emphasizing the team to “seize the moment”.
Needless to say, the Nine came out fired up, making a couple of fantastic plays to hold the high-powered Clamdigger offense to a single run in the top of the first.  The highlight was a perfectly thrown assist from center to double up the Clamdiggers speedy lead off batter Ryan West preventing a big inning.  The Nine came back and scored 3 run in the bottom of the first and after holding the Claimdiggers scoreless in the second, it was looking like the Nine were ready to run away with this one early.  But the bottom of the line up stalled and the Claimdiggers defense kicked into high gear holding the Nine scoreless for next 3 innings.
Over the course of those three scoreless innings, the Claimdiggers tallied 8, including a huge top of the 5th where Lowell’s defense slipped allowing 6 runs.  Heading into the botom of the 5th the Claimdiggers led 9-3 and were looking to send Lowell to our first defeat of the season.  In the playoffs we play a best of 3 series of only 7 innings, so the pressure was mounting.  That is when Lowell’s captain, Monkey Sheehy, showed off his inspiring leadership by providing a legendary motivational speech surpassing all that we had seen in the days leading up to the game.
Chris "Monkey" Sheehy

Chris “Monkey” Sheehy

As we came up to bat in the bottom of the 5th, Monkey looked us all in the eye and began his rant.  “Boys, it’s time to start hitting.  If you don’t step up and get the bats going this inning there will be NO My Little Pony snacks between games!  I have two boxes and I want to give them out, but you have to earn them.”   With two outs it appeared as though this speech had fallen in deaf ears.  Then the fireweorks started as the lineup came alive putting 7 men across the plate before the Clamdiggers were able to get the final out.
Both defenses stood tall the final two innings and the Nine pulled victory from the jaws of defeat winning the first game 10-9.  Monkey held true to his word and MLP’s were happily consumed by all.
Game 2 proved to be equally entertaining though it was not quite as high scoring of an affair.  Each team worked to manufacture runs while the defenses made fantastic plays.  Most notable, Patty “Boom Boom” Wadland made a diving over the head grab on a well struck line drive that not only ended the inning but also stopped what would have been a certain double.
The Claimdiggers came up in the bottom of the 7th needing 4 runs to tie the game and extend their season.  Lowell, knowing how potent this offense is, took the field with focus.  The hope of a championship and an undefeated season were on the line.  With two outs, a man on second, and one run already crossing the plate, the legend, Pat Cook, comes to the plate.  Knowing his tendency to pull the ball, the Lowell outfield shifts toward left field.  Pat notices this and tries to send an outside pitch to right.  He gets under it popping up to shallow right.  This is going to be very difficult for the defense to cover.  It”s a long run for all three positions who have a shot at it.  As Goose, Sandman, and I converge the ball hits the soggy ground and takes a small bounce.  One of the greatest things about 1864 rules base ball is that catching the ball after one bound still counts as an out.  With the ball inches from hitting the ground again, Sandman lunges.  I have the best seat in the house as this play unfolds.  As I also ran toward the ball, my mind curiously questioned if the combination of Sandman’s inertia and position would be too much to allow him to make the catch.  My mind began preparing for the ball to kick toward foul territory, when Sandman’s hand cradled the ball perfectly.  As he slid to a stop and held the ball in the air the entire team ran to right field celebrating our long awaited victory.
We had avenged last year’s loss, and brought the “cup” to what we consider it’s rightful place within the Essex Bas Ball Association.
Thanks to Mark Scappichio for putting up with us (i.e. Wiz) and umping a great game.  Thanks to the Cranks who battled the gloomy day.  Thanks to the Clamdiggers for an excellent match.  Thanks to our rookies, Lynchy, Jeremiah , Sandman, and Sweet Pete for helping replinish our roster.  Finally, thanks to the MLP’s (My Little Pony fruit snacks) for powering champions since 2014.
Lowell Nine 2014

Lowell Nine 2014