On Sunday members of the public and Essex Base Ball Association gathered at Spencer Peirce Little Farm for a full day of lectures and games. In the morning Larry McCray, John Shannahan, and William Peebles of the Huntington Baseball Company all gave great lectures that covered the crazy game of wicket, the Boston Red Stockings, and the evolution of gloves. We would like to thank all of the speakers for providing interesting topics for us.
After a lunch provided by our sponsor Oregano’s we tried our hand at 19th century wicket. Wicket was a game primarily played in Western MA and CT in which the bowler attempts to knock off a bail that is on two stumps. The batter must protect the bail and can score runs when they reach the other wicket located 75 feet away. The game may sound a little like cricket but the stumps are only 6 inches off the ground and the bail is 6 feet long. After a lot of experimenting with the game players finally got the hang of it. We all look forward to playing wicket again June 9th.
After our experiment with wicket we played a baseball game. While it is still preseason, the Newburyport Clamdiggers looked very strong erasing a 9 run deficit to win handily.
We return to practice this Sunday April 22nd at 11am and kick off the season April 29th at 12pm.
Saturday August 13th the Cincinnati Red Stockings make the trip to Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury to take part in a triple header against the Melrose Pondfielders (11am), the Lynn Live Oaks (1pm), and the 3pm game will be played between the Mudville BBC and the Ipswich Brewers.
Sunday August 14th the Essex Nine will take on the Red Stockings at 12pm on the Boston Common
The Essex Base Ball Club is excited to announce its new relationship with the Boston Red Sox single A affiliate club the Lowell Spinners. This season the Spinners program will feature a full page ad featuring the Essex Base Ball Club. Along with the program members of the Essex Nine will be setting up an information table at several of the Spinners home games.
The dates include:
Thursday June 30th
Tuesday July 19th
Wednesday August 3rd
Saturday August 20th
The Essex Base Ball Organization in looking to form a small league based out of Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury next year so we are looking for new players to fill out our new teams. We will be looking for sponsors, volunteers, umpires, and score keepers. If you are interested contact Brian Sheehy at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Essex boys traveled to the Empire State this past weekend to take on the always powerful NY Mutuals and Brooklyn Atlantics.
Saturday we went to the beautiful Old Bethpage Village to challenge the Mutuals, both games were dominated by the Essex boys, winning easily 15-7 and 17-3. The pitching was handled by Cappy Sheehy and he was lucky to have a superior fielding behind him. Swifty and Murph caught every ball hit to them in the outfield and the left side of the infield was solid with Monkey and Goose making tough throws in the holes. We would like to thank the people at the Village for their hospitality.
On Sunday the boys traveled to Sayville, NY for a rematch against the dangerous Brooklyn Atlantics. After defeating the Atlantics the previous weekend the Essex boys knew that they would have to come out strong and play a tight game because the Atlantics were out for blood. The first match was a back and forth battle until the 6th when hurler Cappy could not get the ball over the plate walking several batters and allowing a few very long hits. The Atlantics were able to put up seven runs and take a comfortable lead. The Essex Nine chipped away but ended up falling short 18-13. The second game saw the Essex boys take full advantage of the short right field and take a commanding lead. The offense was led by Mike Levy, who was able to get quite a few licks in. Essex was able to hold on in the second game 14-11. Essex was able to deal the Atlantics three losses in four games which is quite a feats seeing as the Atlantics only lost six games all of last year.
Memorial Day weekend the Essex Nine will be participating in the Colt Meadows Invitational on Saturday being matched up against the Melrose Pondfielders and Providence Grays.
The first annual Father’s Day Weekend Baseball, Beer, and BBQ was a great success. On Saturday prior to the dinner Cappy, Monkey, and Pat Cook traveled up to Hampton Academy in Hampton, NH to help them celebrate its 200th anniversary by doing a demo and playing students and faculty from the school. We had a great time and hope to go back there next season.
Later that night the folks at Spencer Peirce Little Farm and Mercury Brewing hosted our first beer and baseball dinner. The night was well attended with close to 100 people enjoying Tennessee BBQ, fine beers from Mercury Brewing, and a lecture on beer and baseball from Cappy. The night went great and all enjoyed their time and look forward to trying it again. We would like to thank the farm and the Brewers for hosting such a great event.
Sunday we were back at the farm for a triple header of 1861 base ball action. Members of the Essex Base Ball Club, Lynn Live Oaks, Ipswich Brewers, Bristol Blues, and NH Granite combined to play the games in extreme heat and thunderstorms. Despite the conditions a fine series of matches were played. See the attached news story from the NewburyportNews
For the weekend and our new connection with the fine gentlemen at Ipswich Ale we create tee shirts showing the connection between baseball and beer. Tee shirts are $15 and can be purchased at our games or contact Cappy at email@example.com
Due to the weather our game today on Georges Island has been canceled. We are looking to try to reschedule but open dates for us are limited.
Father’s Day weekend is shaping up to be a big one.
Saturday June 19th at 1pm we will be joining up with the NH Granite to celebrate Hampton Academy’s bicentennial. The Essex Base Ball Organization will be on hand to teach the kids about the history of 19th century base ball and let them play a few innings.
Later that night we will be shifting gears and heading to Spencer Pierce Little Farm in Newbury, MA for our first annual Beer, Baseball, and BBQ Dinner. Guests will sample eight brews from Ipswich Ale Brewery, Cisco Brewers, and Sherwood Forest Brewers, paired with innovative barbeque dishes from Tennessee’s Barbeque in Peabody. Along with the dinner Brian “Cappy” Sheehy will be on hand to lecture on baseballs interesting connection to beer and brewers. Lou Blasi one of the authors of T206 The Players and Their Stories will be on hand selling their new book. Tickets for the event are still on sale contact Bethany Groff firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-462-2634 but hurry as they are selling fast. Tickets for the dinner will not be sold at the door but you can show up enjoy the lectures and purchase beer.
Sunday June 20th the Essex Base Ball Club, Lynn Live Oaks, the Ipswich Brewers, and other members of the vintage base ball community will be playing ball from 11-4pm at the farm in Newbury . If you ever had an interest in trying your hand at playing Fathers Day is your opportunity. The games will be informal and all will be welcome to try their hand at playing a few innings. Bring your dad and enjoy the games and the free samples from Ipswich Ale.