Everyone Wins….

On a beautiful fall day this past Saturday members of the Essex Base Ball Organization laced up their cleats for an action packed day of baseball, entertainment, and fine Ipswich Ale. Four close and exciting games took place during the Ipswich Ale Harvestfest.

Game 1.

In a game where Lowell had several new recruits and a few fill in the Lowell bats came to life scoring 15 runs to charge ahead but throughout the game Lynn chipped away and made a game of it but in the end Lowell was able to hang on for a 15-11 victory.

Game 2

The Lowell bats fell asleep and the Live Oaks answered the call winning 6-2.

Game 3

The Clamdiggers defeated Portsmouth 11-9 in the first of two games with
clutch hitting and flashy defense. Right fielder Drew “Captain Clam” Murphy
threw out a runner trying to score from second and catcher John “Specs”
Curley tossed out a runner trying to steal second. On offense Dan
“Minuteman” Kent shined while his newborn daughter Madison looked on and
cheered/cried with excitement.

Game 4
The final game of day was the second game of the Portsmouth & Newburyport
doubleheader and it didn’t disappoint the large group of spectators in
attendance.  Superior defense and strong pitching on both sides proved to be
the theme as the two Port cities dueled back and forth while keeping the
cranks on the edge of their seats. Newburyport took a 5-3 lead into the
bottom of the 9th when the Portsmouth bats came alive just in time to tie
the game on a clutch two out single by Cam “Shaggy” Champey after a long
hard fought at bat. The game continued scoreless into the bottom of the 11th
when Jon “Wheels” Allen led off with a hard hit single. After Allen’s timely
steal of 2B, Jim “Champ” Champey smashed a single into LF bringing Allen
into 3B to set up the potential game winning run with no outs recorded. The
Clamdigger’s made their first out of the inning on a great catch and throw
from CF which held Allen at 3B, however the Rockingham’s rookie outfielder
Tyler “Walk-Off” Nauffts stepped up and confidently drove in the game
winning run with a hard single up the middle thus ending the Essex Base Ball
Association’s regular season the same way it began with each team in the
league getting a victory on the day.

Members of the EBBO will form a Mixed Nine squad Sunday September 18th to play the Boston Beaneaters on Boston Common.

Next Game…. Ipswich Ale Harvest Fest


Calling all Ipswich Ale fans..It’s that time of year again!

The Ipswich Ale Harvest Fest features great beer out of the Tapmobiles, live music by the Orville Giddings Band & Vintage Base Ball with 1860’s rules!

Games will start at 10am (festival starts at 12pm) with Lowell Nine vs. Lynn Live Oaks (double header) then Newburyport Clamdiggers vs. Rockinghams of Portsmouth (double header)

Food will be available from Tennessees Bbq, CopperDome Crust, Little Wolf Coffee Roasters, & The Whoo(pie) Wagon.

The festival will be complete with lawn games, a bouncy house, face painting and more! Bring the kids (and the dog!) down to the farm for a day of great local beers and fall fun!

This is a FREE ADMISSION event.

Friendly dogs welcome and must be on a leash.

It was “a high sky” in Maine


Brian “The Wizard” Besse and Brett Zanni

This past Saturday the Essex Base Ball Club traveled north to Ever After Mustang Rescue in Biddeford, ME for a fundraiser game against our good friends the Dirigo BBC of Maine.  In the first game the Essex boys ran out to a quick 10 run lead but then in one of the worst single innings in Essex history the Dirigo bats hammered hit after hit evening the score at 10.  Dirigo added another run in the bottom of the 8th but in the top of the 9th Essex woke up and score three runs to make the score 13-11.  Essex’s defense held in the bottom of the 9th to secure the win.

Game two Essex walked away with a 14-5 victory.

We would like to thank the Mustang Rescue Center for hosting the games and to Dirigo for two great games.

Portsmouth and Georges Island


It was a busy weekend with all four of the Essex Base Ball Association clubs playing this past weekend.  On Saturday the Portsmouth Rockinghams and Lowell Base Ball Club (Playing as the Whipple BBC of Kittery Maine) traveled to Leary Field to participate in the annual game sponsored by the Portsmouth Athenaeum.  The day was filled with activity with the 12th NH Regiment Band and the Kearsarge Antique Steam Fire Engine.


Both games of the double header were close with teams exchanging leads back and forth.  In game one the Rockinghams were able to secure the lead in the top of the 9th and hold on to victory 14-13.


In game two the Whipple’s aka Lowell was able to secure the victory 10-9 in another back and forth contest.


On Sunday on Georges Island “Newburyport takes Two from Lynn on George’s Island”

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon on George’s Island. There was also a special celebration marking the 300th anniversary of Boston Light, the nation’s first and oldest lighthouse. A special cake was made for the event.
Lighthouse Cake
Game 1 was all about the offense with Newburyport coming out on top 15-10. The ground was dry and deep line drives in the gap were finding their way to the left field concrete wall and center field tree. Lynn held the lead early but late game home runs by Dan “Minuteman” Kent, Bryan “The Rookie” Daly, and Matt “Queen of Diamonds” Larrabee paced the offense to the victory.
Game 2 was all about pitching with Newburyport winning 15-3. Kevin Byrne took the hill with dozens of family members looking on and silenced the previously loud Lynn bats. Patty “Boom “Boom” Wadland and Bob “How are ya” West drove in the majority of the runs.
Thanks to the Boston Harbor Island Alliance and George’s Island for hosting, it’s a special place to play and we look playing next summer

At the National Silver Ball Tournament


Members of the Essex Base Ball Organization traveled to Mumford, NY to take part in the annual Silver Ball Base Ball Tournament. The boys played as the Melrose Pondfielders.

Silverball Wrap Up

Game 1 – Spring Creek 12 / Melrose 4
Game 2 – Rochesters 15 / Melrose 7
Game 3 – Melrose 23 / Live Oaks 5
Game 4 – Akron 10 / Melrose 8

August 20th Portsmouth NH


On Saturday, August 20, the Portsmouth Athenaeum will transport you back to the years immediately following the American Civil War.  Once again, the Athenaeum has partnered with the Essex Base Ball Association to bring vintage base ball to Portsmouth, NH.  The Portsmouth Rockingham’s will host the Whipple Base Ball Club of Kittery for a double-header at historic Leary Field in downtown Portsmouth.

The Rockingham’s and the Whipple Club are members of the Essex Base Ball Organization, an group dedicated to presenting base ball as it was played in its formative years.  Both teams are named after actual teams that played in coastal New Hampshire and Maine in the 1860s.  The teams play in period uniforms and utilize 1864 rules.  The double-header starts at noon.

Adding to the civil war period theme for the day, the 12th New Hampshire Regiment Serenade Band will perform a concert of period music before the game.  The band recreates a typical small brass band that was a standard part of a civil war regiment and will be performing period music on period instruments. The band will appear in the typical Union Army uniform and dress of the day.  The original 12th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry Regiment had a distinguished record of service during the Civil War, including during the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg.  A monument to the 12th New Hampshire was erected in Gettysburg in 1888.

The repertoire of the current Serenade Band includes waltzes, polkas, gallops, quicksteps and love songs of the time.  The program also include commentary on the instruments and the many roles bandsmen played during the war including providing entertainment for the troops, playing for the wounded in hospitals and providing music for various military functions.

Further adding to the period theme, on display throughout the day at Leary Field will be the recently restored Kearsarge Steam Fire Engine No. 3, a coal-fired, horse-drawn engine that served the City of Portsmouth for nearly a half-century beginning in 1870.  The Kearsarge is famous for its role in fighting the Great Boston Fire of 1872 when it was loaded on a train and transported to Boston.  It is credited with saving the South Meeting House.  After its retirement from service, the Kearsrage, which was manufactured by the Amoskeag Machine Company in Manchester, went into hibernation.  For years it sat on a farm in Stratham.  It was then moved to Manchester, then bought by a collector and, finally, reacquired by the City in 2012.  For the last four years, it has undergone a painstaking restoration in Maine.  It returned to Portsmouth less than one month ago.

The appearance of the Kearsarge on August 20th will be its first public event since returning to Portsmouth.  Portsmouth Fire Chief, Steven Achilles, author of the book “Portsmouth Fire Fighting,” will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions about the fire engine.

The schedule of events begins at 10:00 am with the concert by the 12th New Hampshire Regiment Serenade Band.  It will be followed by a children’s demonstration and an explanation of the 1864 rules at 11:30 am with the double-headed to commence at noon.   Following the games, members of the public are invited to join the players at a reception at Federal Cigar Bar at 36 Market Street in Portsmouth.

The August 20th program is made possible by the generous support of Federal Cigar Bar.