Moving Closer to Jan’s Pitch

Saturday October 14th is shaping up to be a great way to end our 2017 season. The games begin at 11 with the Rockinghams vs Clamdiggers, followed by the Lowell Nine vs the Live Oaks, then the winners square off for the “jug”.

The day will also be the 5th annual Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts fundraiser in which we will be raising money for cancer research and inner city art programs. Ipswich Ale and Jim Jam hot dogs will be there for purchase. We will have a 50/50 raffle and much more so come on down to Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA and see who takes home the jug.

To purchase tickets or to make a donation https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-jans-pitch-for-brea…

Oct 14th flyer

We are going to auction off two of these beautiful baseballs that were graciously donated by Corky Gaskell email us at historyball@yahoo.com if you would like to place a bid. Thanks again to Corky Gaskell for the donation.

 

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Mont Vernon NH Doc Adams

The Essex Nine traveled on a very hot and humid day to Mont Vernon NH, the birthplace of baseball pioneer Doc Adams, to participate in the first Doc Adams Invitational.

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In game 1 Essex charged off to a lead over the Boston Beaneaters winning 19-9.  Game 2 was a back and forth battle that lasted 10 innings but Essex was against able to pull though 9-8 over the NH Granite. It was a great event and fun was had by all.

 

Open Game… New Players Welcome

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at playing 1864 rules base ball? Here is your chance to join members of the Essex Base Ball Organization for an informal game Sunday September 10th at 10am at Spencer Peirce Little Farm 5 Littles Lane Newbury, MA. For more info contact historyball@yahoo.com

Essex Mixed Nine Plays in Ohio Cup

The Essex Base Ball Club traveled to Ohio Village to participate in the 26th Annual Ohio Cup vintage baseball festival in Columbus, Ohio. Thirty-one vintage baseball teams participated in the Ohio Cup over Labor Day weekend. This was a special event for many reasons – one being that it was a pilgrimage home for two Essex players – Beau Bevens and Doug George, who are from Columbus, and Akron respectively.

Day 1 – Saturday September 3rd

Unfortunately, the remnants of Hurricane Harvey arrived on Saturday of the event. With waterlogged base balls and soggy socks, the Essex Nine started slowly against the Indianapolis Hoosiers. When the time ran out on the game, Indianapolis and Essex were tied with 3 runs on each side. In game two, the Columbus Capitals bats started hot and stayed hot, even with the rain continuing. The Essex ballists struck the ball well, but they could not stay with the Capitals on this day. In the final game of day one, the Essex Nine battled the St Louis Maroons and pulled out the victory in a 4-2 ballgame.

Day 2 – Sunday September 4th

The weather improved in day two of the Ohio Cup, as did the Essex players. In game one, Monitor Base Ball Club (BBC) of Chelsea couldn’t muster a run as the Essex Nine were victorious 7-0. In game two, the Akron Black Stockings and the Essex Nine played on Muffin Meadow. The Essex bats flourished. After only a few innings, due to time, the Essex team won 22-0. In the final game of the Ohio Cup, the Essex Nine played in one of the better battles of the event. The game featured great striking and fielding on each side. In the end, the Essex 9 pulled out the victory 12-8. The Essex 9 ended the event with a 4-1-1 record.

The Essex Base Ball Association would like to thank the Ohio Village Muffins for the invite to the Ohio Cup and send a thank you to all team who participated. We thoroughly enjoyed being part this successful event and hope to make it back in the future.

The Last two weeks….

Saturday August 5th the Essex Base Ball Club traveled to Old Bethpage Restoration Village in Long Island to participate in the Doc Adams Old Time Base Ball Festival.  Wearing new bibs thanks to Rae Fortin the boys from MA took the field against the New Yorkers.  In game one the Essex bats rattled off a series of hits to run ahead and never look back defeating the NY Mutuals 10-2.
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Game two was against the always tough Atlantic Base Ball Club.  In a game of stellar defense the score stood at 1-1 going into the bottom of the 8th.  Unfortunately for the Essex boys the Atlantic’s scored 6 in the 8th to secure a 7-2 victory.
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Saturday August 12th Fiber Revival
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Game 1 Newburyport 11 Lowell 6
In game 1 Newburyport got off to a quick start with a 5 run inning and kept the lead the entire game. Mike “Ace” Kent prevented the mighty Lowell hitters from any big innings while solid defense from Adam “the Professor” Gilbert at 3b and Matt “Queen of Diamonds” Larrabee at 1b.
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Game 2 Newburyport 10 Lowell 9 in 10 innings
Game 2 was a back and forth battle that had it all. Lowell took the lead in the early innings while Newburyport took it back in the middle. In the top of the 9th inning Lowell trailed 8-7 and was able to take a 9-8 lead. Lowell’s run scoring was powered by Chris “Monkey” Sheehy’s cycle. In the bottom of the 9th Newburyport tied it up 9-9 to send it to the 10th. In the bottom of the 10th with two outs and a runner at third, Glen “No Big Deal” Farrell hit a line drive to left field for the walk off win, his second walk off hit in as many weeks.
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Thanks to all the fans that made the games even more enjoyable!