The Essex Nine traveled on a very hot and humid day to Mont Vernon NH, the birthplace of baseball pioneer Doc Adams, to participate in the first Doc Adams Invitational.
In game 1 Essex charged off to a lead over the Boston Beaneaters winning 19-9. Game 2 was a back and forth battle that lasted 10 innings but Essex was against able to pull though 9-8 over the NH Granite. It was a great event and fun was had by all.
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at playing 1864 rules base ball? Here is your chance to join members of the Essex Base Ball Organization for an informal game Sunday September 10th at 10am at Spencer Peirce Little Farm 5 Littles Lane Newbury, MA. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Essex Base Ball Club traveled to Ohio Village to participate in the 26th Annual Ohio Cup vintage baseball festival in Columbus, Ohio. Thirty-one vintage baseball teams participated in the Ohio Cup over Labor Day weekend. This was a special event for many reasons – one being that it was a pilgrimage home for two Essex players – Beau Bevens and Doug George, who are from Columbus, and Akron respectively.
Day 1 – Saturday September 3rd
Unfortunately, the remnants of Hurricane Harvey arrived on Saturday of the event. With waterlogged base balls and soggy socks, the Essex Nine started slowly against the Indianapolis Hoosiers. When the time ran out on the game, Indianapolis and Essex were tied with 3 runs on each side. In game two, the Columbus Capitals bats started hot and stayed hot, even with the rain continuing. The Essex ballists struck the ball well, but they could not stay with the Capitals on this day. In the final game of day one, the Essex Nine battled the St Louis Maroons and pulled out the victory in a 4-2 ballgame.
Day 2 – Sunday September 4th
The weather improved in day two of the Ohio Cup, as did the Essex players. In game one, Monitor Base Ball Club (BBC) of Chelsea couldn’t muster a run as the Essex Nine were victorious 7-0. In game two, the Akron Black Stockings and the Essex Nine played on Muffin Meadow. The Essex bats flourished. After only a few innings, due to time, the Essex team won 22-0. In the final game of the Ohio Cup, the Essex Nine played in one of the better battles of the event. The game featured great striking and fielding on each side. In the end, the Essex 9 pulled out the victory 12-8. The Essex 9 ended the event with a 4-1-1 record.
The Essex Base Ball Association would like to thank the Ohio Village Muffins for the invite to the Ohio Cup and send a thank you to all team who participated. We thoroughly enjoyed being part this successful event and hope to make it back in the future.
Saturday August 5th the Essex Base Ball Club traveled to Old Bethpage Restoration Village in Long Island to participate in the Doc Adams Old Time Base Ball Festival. Wearing new bibs thanks to Rae Fortin the boys from MA took the field against the New Yorkers. In game one the Essex bats rattled off a series of hits to run ahead and never look back defeating the NY Mutuals 10-2.
Game two was against the always tough Atlantic Base Ball Club. In a game of stellar defense the score stood at 1-1 going into the bottom of the 8th. Unfortunately for the Essex boys the Atlantic’s scored 6 in the 8th to secure a 7-2 victory.
Saturday August 12th Fiber Revival
Game 1 Newburyport 11 Lowell 6
In game 1 Newburyport got off to a quick start with a 5 run inning and kept the lead the entire game. Mike “Ace” Kent prevented the mighty Lowell hitters from any big innings while solid defense from Adam “the Professor” Gilbert at 3b and Matt “Queen of Diamonds” Larrabee at 1b.
Game 2 Newburyport 10 Lowell 9 in 10 innings
Game 2 was a back and forth battle that had it all. Lowell took the lead in the early innings while Newburyport took it back in the middle. In the top of the 9th inning Lowell trailed 8-7 and was able to take a 9-8 lead. Lowell’s run scoring was powered by Chris “Monkey” Sheehy’s cycle. In the bottom of the 9th Newburyport tied it up 9-9 to send it to the 10th. In the bottom of the 10th with two outs and a runner at third, Glen “No Big Deal” Farrell hit a line drive to left field for the walk off win, his second walk off hit in as many weeks.
Thanks to all the fans that made the games even more enjoyable!
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.
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.
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 http://woburn.wickedlocal.com/news/20170722/vintage-baseball-tournament-played-in-woburn
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.
Learn more about this and all Woburn 375 events at http://www.woburn375.com.