Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Vintage Baseball on Sunday, June 7th

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CONTACT: Bethany Groff

RE: Vintage Base Ball Triple-Header

DATE: Sunday, June 7, 11 am - 4pm

PHONE: 978-462-2634


The wide open fields at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm are a perfect setting for a unique sports experience. Watch and cheer as the Essex Base Ball Club battles the Bristol Blues, and the Lynn Live Oaks. There will be a special kids game at 2 pm, with all kids invited to play. Using baseball rules from 1861, games feature underhand pitching, no gloves allowed. Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Free Samples of Ipswich Ale will be provided courtesy of Mercury Brewing Company, and the Brewmasters of Ipswich Ale will take on the Essex Base Ball Club at 3 pm. Weather permitting, please call. A second game will be played on Saturday, October 3.

The Essex Base Ball Club revisits baseball’s earliest days with pre-Civil War rules. Learn about the customs, styles, and etiquette of baseball’s formative years. Players use equipment and uniforms appropriate for the period. Learn about “cranks”, “aces”, “cloud-hunters” and other period slang. Discover the origins of the game not through a book, but with a first-hand look at the vintage game in action. After the match, brave spectators have a chance to stand at bat. Learn more about the Essex Base Ball Club at www.essexbaseball.org.

About Historic New England

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional preservation organization in the country. It offers a unique opportunity to experience the lives and stories of New Englanders through their homes and possessions. Historic New England is presented by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. For more information visit online at www.HistoricNewEngland.org.

Bethany Groff
North Shore Regional Site Manager
Historic New England
5 Little's Lane
Newbury, MA 01951

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