7th Annual Jan's Pitch Charity Fundraiser & Championship
October 5th, 2019 * 1864 Vintage Base Ball * 11am - 4pm * Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little Lane, Newbury, MA * Ipswich Ale Beer Truck * Jim-Jam's Hot Dogs
Cheer on The Lynn Live Oaks in the Essex Base Ball League 2019 championship, while helping in the fight to end cancer!
About the Event
On October 5th, 2019 the four vintage base ball teams of the Essex Base Ball Organization will face-off in an exciting series of single-elimination 1864-era base ball games – but only one team will win the coveted “Championship Jug.”
As the 2017 Champions, The Lynn Live Oaks are hungry for another season-ending victory and plan to bring The Jug home once again!
Starting at 11am, fans – better known as “cranks” – will be invited to step back in history to watch the game as it was played in 1864. What does that mean? Well, for one, it means no gloves. It’s a thrill to watch the players, dressed in uniforms matching the era, dive to make bare-handed catches and attempt to hit moon shots into the corn field. Fun for families and folks of all ages, everyone is invited to this action-packed play-off series. Come to pet the farm animals, pay a visit to the Ipswich Ale vintage beer truck, grab a Jim-Jam hot dog, and find a seat along one of the baselines of this beautiful historic farm!
The suggested $5 admission fee benefits charities to fund cancer research and local educational initiatives, but additional donations are appreciated! The Lynn Live Oaks have a team fundraising goal of $1,500 that we hope you will help us achieve.
About Jan's Pitch
Jan Sheehy – a beloved art teacher and mother to Essex Base Ball Organization founders Brian and Chris Sheehy – lost her battle with cancer in April, 2013. Jan’s Pitch is an annual celebration honoring her life, which helps raise money to fund cancer research and provide valuable educational opportunities for students in the Lawrence area, where Jan taught for over 20 years.
About The Lynn Live Oaks
Modeled after a real Massachusetts base ball team that played in the International League in 1877 and 1878, The Lynn Live Oaks had several notable members who made important contributions to the game of baseball. Candy Cumming – the inventor of the curve ball – managed the Oaks in 1877. In 1878, the team was also honored to have Bud Fowler – the first professional African-American baseball player – join them to play several games.