Essex Base Ball Organization's Jan's Pitch Game and Championship

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Jan's Pitch:

Come join the excitement of our final event of the season while helping raise money for cancer research and other local non-profits! On Saturday, October 5th, 2019, all four vintage base ball teams from the Essex Base Ball Organization will battle for the 2019 league championship during the 7th Annual Jans Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts. Taking place at the beautiful Spencer-Pierce Little farm in Newbury, MA, only one team will take home the coveted championship jug after this fierce three-game play-off. If youve never experienced the thrill of watching base ball played the way it was in 1864 no gloves, bare-handed and full of gritty athleticism then this is the event to attend!

Jans Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts celebrates Jan Sheehy a dedicated art teacher and mother of Essex Base Ball Organization players Brian and Chris Sheehy who tragically lost her battle with breast cancer in April of 2013. Over the past six years, Jans Pitch has raised close to $22,000 for cancer research and educational programs at local schools.

The fall event is fun for families and people of all ages! In addition to the triple-header event, spectators can participate in an exciting 50/50 raffle, those age 21+ can enjoy freshly-kegged beer from the vintage Ipswich Ale Brewery tapmobile, and kids will love visiting the farms friendly sheep, goats, chickens, and horses.

Event schedule: Games Start at 11am

Tickets will be available on the 5th for $5

Questions? Contact Brian Sheehy, President of the Essex Base Ball Organization (email:, phone: 978-790-5707)

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Saturday October 5th
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Little’s Lane, Newbury, MA, USA
5 Little’s Ln, Newbury, MA 01951, USA


Unfortunately just about all of us have been impacted in some way by the terrible disease that is cancer.  In preparation for our 7th Jan’s Pitch game October 5th, I would like to let you all know how it has impacted me and why I think the game is important.  The game started as a celebration of my mom Jan Sheehy, who lost her battle with breast cancer in April of 2013.  Beyond being an amazing mother who would do anything for her sons, including spending hours pitching batting practice to her two baseball crazed sons, she was a caring and dedicated art teacher.  My mom spent over 20 years teaching art to students in Lawrence, MA and as I child I could never understand why she would “give” so much to her students, whether that was buying them candy, buying extra art supplies for them, or bringing old toys in for them.  Being an adult, I know why.  Her students did not have the resources or support that I was blessed to have, so she made sure those students were loved and cared for.  She loved all of her students like they were her own children and wanted to brighten days and their lives.  I am happy to say she was successful in doing that,  from many of the stories I have heard from her former students and colleagues.  Over the past few years of this game we have been able to send money to schools and programs that support educational opportunities for all students.  We have also been able to send money to help battle cancer. The more I reflect on my mom, the more I realize how special she was and how special this game is in celebrating her.  I love that we are able to dedicate some of the money we raise to education because it meant so much to her. I ask that you donate to our Jan’s Pitch game so that we can continue to offer students opportunities and so we can help find a cure for this dreaded disease.  

Thank you Brian “Cappy” Sheehy 

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