Muffins Weekend


Photo by Matthew Muise

The Essex Base Ball Organizations was pleased to welcome the Ohio Village Muffins to Spencer Peirce Little Farm this past weekend for two action packed days of 1864 rules base ball.

On Saturday the day started with the Muffins matched up against the Lowell Base Ball Nine. In a game of good defense and timely hitting the Lowell Nine were able to secure a 15-2 victory over the boys from Ohio.


Photo by Jennie Lynch 

The 2nd game of the day featured the visiting Ohio Muffins against the Rockinghams of Portsmouth. The teams battled evenly through 8½  innings with only 3 runs each due to superior defense and crafty pitching on both sides. In the bottom of the 9th, Alex “Chief” Ieronimo and former Ohio Muffin Beau “Shoeless” Bevins led off with back to back singles for Portsmouth. With runners at 1B and 2B, Ohio then recorded two quick outs on consecutive one bound foul outs and appeared close to extending the game into the 10th. However, Tyler “Walk-Off” Naufts had other ideas when he stepped up to the plate and lined a sharp single past the pitcher and into centerfield. As the Ohio centerfielder settled in to fire the ball towards home plate the Rockingham bench cheered on Chief as he rounded 3rd base for what was sure to be close play. As the Rockingham rookie neared home he stumbled just a few feet short of plate, however some luck was with the home team as the thrown ball sailed over the Ohio catcher’s reach thereby allowing Mr. Ieronimo to reach out with his hand to secure the 4-3 victory for Portsmouth. Both teams saluted each other and the crowd that witnessed one of the finest games played this season.


Photo by Matthew Muise

Game three was a sloppy, time shortened seven inning affair that saw each team score 9 runs before other commitments led to players having to abandon the field.

On Sunday in front of a lively crowd the Lynn Live Oaks were able to defeat the Ohio Village Muffins 11-3.  The Ohio Muffins cranks traveled very well for their home town team.  Lynn got out to a 6-0 lead by the 4th inning and never looked back.  Timely hitting and solid defense was played by the entire Oaks team in their winning effort.  The Oaks would like to thank the Muffins for travelling so far for such a gentlemanly match and hope to see them again.


Photo Matthew Muise

Game 2 Newburyport Clamdiggers 17 Ohio Muffins 4

The weather was perfect and the crowd was even better on Sunday when the Newburport Clamdiggers played the Ohio Muffins. The Clamdigger’s bats were alive and well as the entire team contributed to tallied runs. The pitching combination of Kevin “Traveling Man” Byrnes and  John “Specs” Curley kept Ohio off balance all game. A big THANK YOU to the Ohio team for making the 10+ hour hike from the mid west, we look forward to playing you again in the future.

Game 3 Newburyport 12 Lynn 10

It was a back and forth battle that came down to a thrilling 8th and 9th inning offensive explosion. Trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the 8th Mark “Shrub Finder” Scapicchio came up with 2 runners on and hit a high fly ball right into the bush in left field. Unable to find the ball Mark sprinted around the base paths for a home run giving Lynn the 10-7 lead going into the top of the ninth. In the ninth Patty “Boom Boom” Wadland hit a towering two run home run in the corn field to cut the deficit to 10-9. With two hands and a runner on third, Glenn “No Big Deal” Farrell stepped up to the plate and hit a daisy cutter between 3rd and short to tie the game. From there the Clamdiggers put together a few more hits to score Glenn and Adam “the Professor” Gilbert to take the 12-10 lead which they held onto in the bottom of the 9th.


History Repeated…


Mishawum and Webster Clubs of Woburn

Members of the Essex Base Ball Organization gathered at Library Field in Woburn, MA to participate in Woburn’s 375th anniversary of its founding. To celebrate the history of Woburn players from the league played as the Mishawum and Webster Base Ball Clubs. The Mishawum and Webster Clubs were two clubs that played in Woburn in the 1860’s. On June 17th 1867 the two met in a rain shortened 5 inning game in which the Mishawum Club was victorious 31-16. 9 innings were played and there was no rain the modern day rematch but the result was the same with the Mishawum’s winning 13-6.

Mishawum vs Webster June 22 1867 Middlesex Journal

In game two of the day members of the Essex Base Ball Organization played Woburn High baseball and softball players and coaches, local celebrities, and Woburn mayor Scott Galvin. It was a fun filled game that exposed new people to 1860’s rules.

Also on hand for the day were the Red Sox World Series trophies, Wally, and much more. We would like to thank all of the people of Woburn for coming out and allowing us to participate in the 375th celebration. We would also like to send a special thanks to Liberty Bay Credit Union for supporting us and sponsoring a really great event.

Here is a story from Wicked Local Woburn

Game in Woburn July 22nd


Red Sox Showcase & Vintage Baseball

Saturday, July 22 | Library Park 63 Harrison Ave, Woburn, MA 01801 
10:00 am – 3:30 pm

A day of fun for the whole family!

CALLING ALL BASE BALL FANS: The Red Sox Foundation’s traveling showcase truck is making a stop at Library Park, complete with batting cages, pitching stations,
a Steal 2nd Challenge, and virtual reality experience. While you’re there, hang out with Wally the Green Monster and have your picture taken with the 2013 World Series Trophy!

Vintage Baseball kicks off at 12:30 with a matchup between the Mishawum and Webster Base Ball Club, two historic local teams brought back to life by The Essex Base Ball League. The winner will play against the Woburn Local Celebrity Team!

Liberty Bay will be on site with exciting giveaways, and an open-air photo booth to help you commemorate your day! It’s an event you surely don’t want to miss!

See you there!

About the Day

Come down to see the Essex Base Ball League play an exhibition game, played by the rules used in the 1860’s. Learn how baseball used to be played back in the 1860s, when the umpire would go to the fans for help making a call, and players fielded the ball without gloves! Watch the Essex Base Ball League take on the personas of baseball teams that played in Woburn back in the 1860s. And, watch some of our local celebrities take on the pros in a game like they’ve never played before. Click here to learn more.

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The Prince Returns to Spencer Peirce Little Farm….


On a beautiful sunny summers day this past Sunday the Lowell Nine and Live Oaks of Lynn returned home to historic Spencer Peirce Little Farm to square off in two action packed 1864 rules matches. In game one the Lowell Nine marched out to eight runs in the first inning and never looked back securing a 17-2 over the Live Oaks. The team was led by Alex Short’s two homeruns, which he secured with his new Phoenix Bat specials. The offense was solid from top to bottom and solid defense was all around for Lowell.


Alex Shorts

Lowell was also sparked by the return of Jim “Prince” Bodwell. “Prince” was with the team for several years during Lowell’s dominant run but due to a new job he had to move down south to the land of Dixie. “Prince” returned for a visit this past weekend and wowed players and fans alike with hits, hustle, and dramatic plays. The highlight of Prince’s performance was throwing out a Live Oak runner at first base from left field. We would like to thank Jim for playing and hope that he returns soon.


Jim “Prince” Bodwell

In game 2 the Live Oaks fought back to make a game of it but the pitching of John “Face Plant” Lynch and the solid Lowell defense helped them secure a 13-6 victory.


The next time out will be a triple header Sunday July 16th starting at 11am featuring the NH Granite, the Live Oaks of Lynn, and the Rockinghams of Portsmouth.

Lots of Base Ball This Past Weekend


It was quite the weekend for the Essex Base Ball Organization as beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury witnessed five games on both Saturday and Sunday featuring all four of our league teams.


On a warm June morning (that finally felt like summer was near) for base ball the Live Oaks of Lynn met their friends the Rockinghams of Portsmouth for a spirited double header.  The first game saw the Rockinghams jump out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Live Oaks would not be out done, coming back to score 9 runs on some timely hitting and a few defensive miscues by the Rockinghams.  The Rockinghams chipped away at Lynn’s lead for the next few innings while holding the Oaks to minimal runs.  In the end, Lynn’s bats came through a few more times and carried them to a 14-8 victory in game 1.

Game 2 between the Live Oaks and the Rockinghams got off to fast start with both teams scoring early and the Rockinghams jumping out to an early 3-2 lead after the 1st. However the Rockingham’s could not overcome Lynn’s muscle at the plate as the Live Oaks continued to tack on runs in almost every inning. Portsmouth fought back with some late inning rallies but there was simply not enough to overcome Lynn’s bats on Saturday as the Live Oaks swept the double header with a 16-8 victory.



Game 1: Clamdiggers defeat Lowell 14-9

Both teams bats were blazing just like the 90 degree heat. Jon “Poster Boy” Streff continued his daisy cutter rampage driving in numerous runs. Dan “Minute Man” Kent was a wall at short stop, Jon “Mystery Man” Curley threw out a runner trying to steal third base, and Pat “Short Order” Cook kept the Lowell bats from any big innings.

Game 2: Lowell defeat Boston Beaneaters 29-1


Lowell after a crushing defeat in game one came out swinging scoring 15 runs in the first inning and never looked back. Strong defense and solid hitting led the way for Lowell. The single Beaneater run came in the 7th inning of a shortened 7 inning game.

Game 3: Clamdiggers beat Boston Beaneaters 25-4

The Clamdiggers’ bats came alive again in the third inning putting up 13 runs. Matt “Queen of Diamonds” Larrabee homered when a high fly ball to left was lost in the high grass. Adam “the Professor” Gilbert also struck the ball consistently. Pat “Boom Boom” Wadland made the catch of the year navigating the high grass in left field gracefully. He caught the ball falling backwards and disappeared momentarily until he raised his hand in the air with the ball.


Highlight of the day was the large crowd of little leaguers from the Byfield Little League who came out to cheer on the local guys. A crowd favorite was Chris “Monkey” Sheehy. He baseball card was highly sought after and his autograph was in high demand


*Photos by Jennie Lynch




Great Weekend of Baseball


Finally after months and months of terrible weather we had two beautiful days for base ball, and the Essex Base Ball Organization took full advantage. On Saturday the Live Oaks of Lynn and the Clamdiggers of Newburyport traveled to Dorchester to participate in the triple header against the Boston Beaneaters and on Sunday the Rockinghams of Portsmouth and the Lowell Nine squared off at Spencer Peirce Little Farm after an epic Revolutionary War Battle.

On Saturday the Clamdiggers won game one 20-8 over the Boston Beaneaters. Matt “Queen of Diamonds” Larrabee hit numerous long balls to deep left to pace the offensive attack for the Clamdiggers. Kevin “One Wheel” Byrne pitched a solid game with good defense from shortstop Paul “No Dillydally” Chiozzi.

In game 2 of the day the Lynn Live Oaks took on the Newburyport Clamdiggers.  In a very back and forth game that saw multiple lead changes Lynn fought their way to a 15-13 victory.  Every player for Lynn checked in with a hit and in a total team effort were able to end the game victorious.

In game 3 the Lynn Live Oaks challenged the Beaneaters of Boston. Lynn jumped out to a big early lead but was not able to hang on to it.  The Beaneaters were able to chip away and make the game very close in the end.  A bases loaded line drive double play made by Brett “Hardcore” Zanni helped the Oaks to stay in front going in to the 9th inning. Derek “Whiskers” Boutwell lead off the inning with a double and Lynn was able to plate 3 runs to go into the bottom of the 9th up 5 runs.  The Beaneaters put together a small rally, but could not come all the way back giving Lynn the victory 16-13.

On Sunday the Rockinghams and Lowell Nine had to wait for the Red Coats to attack the Colonial encampment in the Escape from Boston Battle. Game one saw a back and forth battle with each side displaying strong hitting and solid defense. In the end Lowell captured an 8-6 victory.

In game two the Lowell offense exploded thanks in large part to Payton Garbarino’s grand slam home run and the short choppy hits of Giuliano “Baltimore Chop” Pizzo. Going into the bottom of the 9th Lowell held a commanding 16-5 lead but the Rockingham bats came alive to score 6 runs to make it a 16-11 final score.


The Essex Base Ball Club will travel to CT to take on the Red Onion’s June 3rd.

*Photos by Jennie Lynch