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 Portsmouth Rockinghams 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.”
On a hot streak in the 2019 season, The “Hams” have already claimed The Ipswichfest Cup (for the second year counting) and are fired up to bring home The Championship Jug for the first time in league history!
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 Portsmouth Rockinghams 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 Portsmouth Rockinghams
Modeled after a real base ball team that played in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1866 and 1867, The Rockinhams were known for their tremendous endurance in both sport – once playing a 3 hour and 15-minute game in Kittery, Maine – and celebration. Following the conclusion of this game in 1866, The “Hams” danced the night away until “the bell in the tower told of 8 o’clock”. Ladies, beware…