Tough Time Down South

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The Essex Base Ball Club traveled to Terrapin Station Winery in Elkton Maryland to take on the Diamond State Base Ball Club and Elkton Eclipse this past weekend. On a sweltering day the Essex boys charged out to early leads in both matches but bad defense allowed the locals to take the lead and win both games. The EBBC enjoyed meeting new clubs and thank the Elkton Eclipse for their postgame meal of local crab. We look forward to 2013 when both clubs travel up to Spencer Peirce Little Farm. On Sunday the EBBC traveled to Coney Island to play a demo game against the Brooklyn Atlantics prior to the Brooklyn Cyclones game. In the 6 innings we played the Atlantics were able to “win” 4-0. Good thing Essex doesn’t need to wait long to take on the Atlantics…..

Come see the Essex Base Ball Club and Brooklyn Atlantics, two of the best vintage base ball clubs in the country, face off Saturday August 11th at 11am at beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA. The two clubs will play two games by 1861 rules, which include underhand pitching, an out can be recorded on a bounce, and there will be no gloves. After the two games the Essex Base Ball Organization will host an open try out for a new team that will debut in 2013. Anyone who would like to try their hand at playing 1861 rules baseball is welcome to test it out around 2pm. Food and Ipswich Ale will be available for purchase, so bring a chair or a blanket and come see baseball as it was played during the Civil War. Admission is $5, free for Historic New England members. For more information contact Brian Sheehy at or

Photos Courtesy of Mitch Lebovic


Matthew Muise Photography.

In a day where a digital camera rests in every person’s pocket, it isn’t everyday that still imagery can evoke emotion like it once did. Solely because he loves baseball and photography, Matthew Muise has been generous enough to spend the last couple of Sundays with the Essex Base Ball Club. Speaking as a player; there are no words possible to thank Matthew enough for these images. These photos evoke emotion. The photos are shots that each player will tuck away and show their grandchildren on another Sunday afternoon. A skilled hand; a great eye. Thanks Matthew.

Words from Matthew..“Now THIS is baseball as it should be. Non-profit, non-commercialized, played by players who look like they genuinely love THE GAME! Played on a farm field with outfielders diving for fly balls deep in the corn fields. A game where you don’t argue with the umpire, you discuss, using the honor system. I would take in a game here at the Spencer Pierce Little Farm on any Sunday afternoon at noontime rather than go to Fenway…”

Please enjoy this slideshow and the many, many more photos in Matthew’s galleries from each of the past Sundays. AND please keep Matthew in mind for the next time you want an event captured in emotion.

Newburyport v Lowell, July 8th Photos

Lowell v Lynn, July 15th Photos

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