Essex & Atlantics Split a Pair

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Saturday August 11 2012
In a heated double header between two of the better teams on the Eastern Seaboard, Essex Base Ball Club & The Atlantic Base Ball Club split a pair of games. Essex held off a fierce 9th inning charge to preserve the game 1 victory 8-7, while the Atlantics flipped the table in game 2 to win 5-4. Both games saw an uncountable number of fantastic defensive plays, and both teams had nothing left to give by the time hats were raised to salute the crowd. EBBA would like to thank the ABBC for traveling North to MA; we look forward to playing two more soon. We can only hope to have games this good for the rest of the season.

Bringing the perfect touch to the afternoon was Matthew Muise and his imagery. Please enjoy Matthew’s shots and visit his website & blog


Tough Time Down South

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The Essex Base Ball Club traveled to Terrapin Station Winery in Elkton Maryland to take on the Diamond State Base Ball Club and Elkton Eclipse this past weekend. On a sweltering day the Essex boys charged out to early leads in both matches but bad defense allowed the locals to take the lead and win both games. The EBBC enjoyed meeting new clubs and thank the Elkton Eclipse for their postgame meal of local crab. We look forward to 2013 when both clubs travel up to Spencer Peirce Little Farm. On Sunday the EBBC traveled to Coney Island to play a demo game against the Brooklyn Atlantics prior to the Brooklyn Cyclones game. In the 6 innings we played the Atlantics were able to “win” 4-0. Good thing Essex doesn’t need to wait long to take on the Atlantics…..

Come see the Essex Base Ball Club and Brooklyn Atlantics, two of the best vintage base ball clubs in the country, face off Saturday August 11th at 11am at beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA. The two clubs will play two games by 1861 rules, which include underhand pitching, an out can be recorded on a bounce, and there will be no gloves. After the two games the Essex Base Ball Organization will host an open try out for a new team that will debut in 2013. Anyone who would like to try their hand at playing 1861 rules baseball is welcome to test it out around 2pm. Food and Ipswich Ale will be available for purchase, so bring a chair or a blanket and come see baseball as it was played during the Civil War. Admission is $5, free for Historic New England members. For more information contact Brian Sheehy at or

Photos Courtesy of Mitch Lebovic

Cappy Speaks at the Baseball Hall of Fame

Brian “Cappy” Sheehy joined several other teams from throughout the Eastern States for the first annual New England & Atlantic States Base Ball Conference in Cooperstown, NY. Cappy gave two presentations, one on how vintage base ball club can actively promote the sport through demonstrations, exhibitions, and working with the public. His other presentation was a 19th century jeopardy game that done at the Bullpen Theater in the Hall of Fame. The event was a great success many new friends were made.

Best set of games Essex has ever played

On Sunday September 24th the Essex Base Ball Club matched up against the Waterbury Connors in two epic games. In the first game Essex snapped off three runs in the first inning to take the lead but Waterbury was able to chip away at that lead and score one in the 4th– 5th– and then the 8th to tie the ball game. The tie was broken in the 12th inning when Waterbury scored. It was a fast paced game full of amazing defense on both sides of the ball.

In the second game Essex scored two in the 2nd and 3rd to jump ahead of Waterbury 4-1 but again Waterbury chipped away scoring runs in the 5th and 7th. Despite a scare in the bottom of the ninth
Essex was able to hold on to the lead and win the second game 4-3.

Both teams were very evenly matched, which made for a fun exciting day of vintage base ball action. Waterbury captured the Cherry Bat Championship honors from Essex this year, Huzzah to them. It is always a pleasure to match up against them.

Vintage Ballists’ Invitational

The Providence Game Hens have organized an 1886-style round-robin Vintage Base Ball Invitational that will feature themselves, Hartford Senators, Boston Colonials, New Hampshire Granite and our Essex Base Ball Club. All of the game will be played at Chestnut Hill Park in Brighton, MA.

10:00am – Essex BBC vs. Boston Colonials
12:30pm – Game Hens vs. Hartford Senators
3:30 – New Hampshire Granite vs. Picked Nine

Click here for directions. Or, take the Green Line (C-Train) to Cleveland Circle.

Exhibition In Methuen, MA Against Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit

The Essex Base Ball Club matched up on a brisk Thursday night in September to teach the Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit players the rules of 1861. They quickly picked up the rules and actually jumped ahead of Essex but thanks to the clutch hitting of Jeff “Greybeard” Peart Essex was quickly regained the lead for the rest of the game. The Essex Base Ball Club would like to thank the Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit- especially Mario Pagnoni- for putting this all together and being great hosts.