Jan’s Pitch Game and Championship


Come join the excitement of our final season event while helping raise money for cancer research and other local non-profits! On Saturday, October 13th, 2018, all four vintage base ball teams from the Essex Base Ball Organization will battle for the 2018 league championship during the 6th Annual Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts. Taking place at the beautiful Spencer-Pierce Little farm in Newbury, MA, only one team will take home the coveted championship “jug” after this fierce three-game play-off. If you’ve never experienced the thrill of watching base ball played the way it was in 1864 – no gloves, bare-handed and full of gritty athleticism – then this is the event to attend!

Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts celebrates Jan Sheehy – a dedicated art teacher and mother of Essex Base Ball Organization players Brian and Chris Sheehy – who tragically lost her battle with breast cancer in April of 2013. Over the past six years, Jan’s Pitch has raised close to $19,000 for cancer research and educational programs at local schools.

The fall event is fun for families and people of all ages! In addition to the triple-header event, spectators can participate in an exciting 50/50 raffle, those age 21+ can enjoy freshly-kegged beer from the vintage Ipswich Ale Brewery tapmobile, and kids will love visiting the farm’s friendly sheep, goats, chickens, and horses.

Event schedule:

  • 11am – Portsmouth Rockinghams vs. Newburyport Clamdiggers
  • 12:45pm – Lynn Live Oaks vs. Lowell Nine
  • 2:30pm – Championship Game

Click on “Tickets” @ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jans-pitch-championship-tickets-50869479984 to reserve your spot at this exciting event and to donate to these important local causes!  Tickets will be available on the 13th for $5

Questions? Contact Brian Sheehy, President of the Essex Base Ball Organization (email: historyball@yahoo.com, phone: 978-790-5707)


Another Rain Out

The weather gods have not been kind of the Essex Base Ball Organization, todays game in Portsmouth between Lowell and the Rockinghams has been canceled. Have no fear Lynn, Newburyport, and Hingham will be playing at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury tomorrow starting at 11am


Game Called

Unfortunately mother nature is not cooperating with us again and the games scheduled for tomorrow in Tewksbury have been canceled. We hope to schedule something in Tewksbury in 2019.5c294292f325e2c98b45b045df2bbf12--norman-rockwell-art-cubs-baseball

Tewksbury Make Up Game


Join the Lowell Base Ball Nine and Lynn Live Oaks for some base ball 1864 rules.

Schedule for the day

1:00 Intro to Rules of game 
1:15 Kids play
2:00 National Anthem
2:05 Game 1 
3:30 10-minute Intermission
3:45 Game 

Rockinghams vs. Clamdiggers


Game 1 on Sunday was a lively demonstration as the Newburyport and Portsmouth batted around for combined outburst of 38 runs. The Rockinghams appeared to have victory safely in hand by the end of the 8th inning as they headed into the 9th with an eight run lead, however Newburyport’s hitters rallied mightily in the top of the 9th with 6 runs but eventually fell short of extending the game for the fans. The final tally was a scoreboard busting 20-18 with Portsmouth’s offense being led by Sean “Big Macky” Bakke who hit multiple blasts into the Left-Center gap while driving in several of Portsmouth’s base runners.   


Game 2 was another close match as Portsmouth jumped out to an early lead but the Clamdiggers chipped away in the middle innings and eventually took over the lead in the 8th inning with a 4 run rally. With an 11-8 lead in the top of the 9thinning, and with Portsmouth baserunners threatening to tie the game with only one out, the Clamdiggers swiftly demonstrated an unconventional but highly effective double play to secure the victory. The crowd on this day witnessed an amazing 57 runs cross home plate, and as the teams gathered to salute the crowd at least one fan yelled out to the weary teams to “play another”.     


Lowell and Newburyport Split

After a long layoff the Essex Base Ball Organization returned to action Saturday as the Lowell Base Ball Nine and Newburyport Clamdiggers squared off.


In game one it was a neck and neck game until the 8th when Newburyport scored two runs on a Lowell error and Lowell was not able to score in the 9th.

In game two Lowell charged out and never looked back winning 12-5.


Opening Day

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Do you like sheep sheering, historic farms, Ipswich Ale, and 1864 rules base ball?  If you like any of those things join us Saturday May 5th at beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury MA as the Essex Base Ball Organization kick off their 2018 season.  Four games will be played.

10:00 a.m. Lowell BBC vs. Newburyport Clamdiggers

1:00 p.m. Portsmouth Rockinghams vs. Lynn Live Oaks

Throughout the day their will  be

House tours at the manor house and tenant house.

Wagon rides for the family.

Sheep to Shawl crafts.

Spinning or resident sheep ( and goat!)’s wool.

Ipswich Ale Brewery will be here with their tapmobile AND JimJamz hot dogs.

Music, listen to traditional NE folk music.

Free to Historic New England members

$5 nonmembers

Please call 978-462-2634 for more information or buy tickets online.