After a very long and record setting winter the Essex Base Ball Organization returns to beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm to begin practice for the 2015 season. Sunday April 19th we will be gathering for an open practice starting at 12pm. All are welcome as there are several spots still open to play.
Members of the Organization will also be at the Concord Museum on Thursday April 16th for a special opening of “The Art of Baseball”. We will be involved with several events at the museum throughout the spring and summer so keep checking back for more info.
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 historyball@Yahoo.com or 978-790-5707. While you are at the Concord Museum check out their special exhibition The Art of Baseball, April 17-September 20 http://www.concordmuseum.org/
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 historyball@Yahoo.com
Here are some shots from Matthew Muise from the end of the season
October 4th Championship Lowell vs. Newburyport
Lowell Base Ball Nine 2014 EBBA Champs
2014 Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts Fundraiser Game
2014 Jan’s Pitch For Breast Cancer and the Arts
2015 Season If you are interested in hosting a game, booking a lecture, or a guest appearance please contact captain Brian Sheehy at historyball@Yahoo.com . 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 8th– Fiber 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
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.
Here are a few web sites for the event (event site http://www.janspitchgame.wordpress.com)
- If people would like to make a donation or buy a ticket to the game they can be purchased here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-jans-pitch-for-breast-cancer-and-the-arts-tickets-12633789003
- We also have collected some great items that we will be auctioning off. You can contact email@example.com to place your bids http://janspitchgame.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/silent-auction/ . 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
Brian “Cappy” Sheehy
Essex Base Ball Organization