The Lowell Ladies Men

Thank you Jennie Lynch for the photos

Thank you Jennie Lynch for the photos

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The Lowell Ladies Men and the Lynn Live Oaks rekindled a rivalry that dates back to 1877 as they traveled to Concord, MA to play a doubleheader sponsored by the Concord Museum.  In the first game the Ladies Men were able to hold off the Live Oaks securing a 7-4 victory.  In the second game the Ladies Men’s bats came alive scoring 11 runs in the first two innings to run away with another victory.  We would like to thank the Concord Museum for hosting our games. If you havent checked out their exhibit on the “Art of Baseball” it is well worth the stop.

We have a busy weekend coming up as on Saturday the Essex Base Ball Club returns to Georges Island in Boston Harbor to take on the Mudville Base Ball Club and the Cleveland Blues.  On Sunday the Lynn Live Oaks, Boston Beaneaters, and Portsmouth Rockinghams will battle it out in a triple header at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury.  Games start at 11am.

Game in Concord, MA

Join Us Saturday, July 18, 2015, 12PM – 3PM and step back in time and watch the Lowell Ladies Men against the Lynn Live Oaks in doubleheader vintage baseball games played by 19th-century rules: Players don’t wear gloves, the pitcher throws underhand, and if a ball is caught after one bounce, it’s still an out! 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.; free. At Emerson Field (Stow Street, Concord, MA); bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating.

LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS - 1877.  Portraits of the members of the New England League  Lowell Base Ball Club are constructed into a team collage cartoon in 1877.  (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)

LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS – 1877. Portraits of the members of the New England League
Lowell Base Ball Club are constructed into a team collage cartoon in 1877. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)

Fire Works

On an absolutely perfect day with no rain in sight on the July 4th weekend the Essex Base Ball Organization put on a spectacular exhibition for a larger than expected crowd at this impromptu event at beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury. Two evenly matched teams comprised of several vintage veterans and a few rookies faced off in two extra-inning nail biters. Captain Scapicchio and his band  from Lynn, Essex and Dirigo edged captain Champey’s nine from Portsmouth and Melrose in each of their last at bats of the twin bill. After Scapicchio’s nine rallied to tie the first game in the bottom of the 9th the game continued into the 11th  where a possible inning ending double play turned into the game winning run by a Dirigo speedster. The second match was no less exciting as the teams battled close for 9 innings until another deadlock was broken by a single run by the Scapicchio led squad in the top of the 10th.

The only dark spot on the day occurred during the middle of the first game when one of the ancient trees along Little’s Lane, which often provided us needed shade during the late season fall festival games, suddenly let out an enormous crack of a sound to rival any fireworks from the previous night. All players and cranks froze in amazement as we watched the tree continued to slowly shatter and collapse under its own weight taking out the power lines. It was simply it’s time to go and most fortunately no patrons, players, farm employees or animals were too close therefore nobody was harmed.

We return to league action Sunday July 12th for a quadruple header starting at 10am at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA. Come check out the action.

July 5th Mixed Nine Game

July 5th Mixed Nine Game

Thanks to everyone for coming out today and filling the void we’ve had for the past few weeks.

July 5th….

We are adding an open game on Sunday July 5th to our schedule.  The two games will kick off at 12pm at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury and will feature members of clubs from around New England.  If you want to try your hand at playing come on down and check it out.  Lets hope July brings baseball weather.

If you have questions on the day contact Jim Champy of the Portsmouth Rockinghams at jchampey@comcast.net

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The Worst Weather in 14 Seasons

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Once again mother nature is not cooperating with the Essex Base Ball Organizations scheduled games.  We are going to try to schedule some sort of game for next Sunday July 5th but nothing is set in stone. The next official league games will be Sunday July 12th starting at 10am.