Category Archives: History

Myrl Brown: Baseball’s first M.L.B.

  You never know what will bring you to uncover the name of a long-forgotten ballplayer. A feat here, a tidbit there, and all of a sudden, you’re reading about an obscure pitcher who appeared in just seven games, all before Yankee Stadium was built, and who died before Cal Ripken Jr. made his Major

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Mike Piazza, Hall of Famer

  I wrote the other day about my lasting Ken Griffey Jr. memory, involving his iconic Upper Deck No. 1 rookie card. My Mike Piazza memories are much deeper and more centered around his performance in games, both those I attended and others I watched on TV. I graduated college on May 17, 1998 —

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Going back in time for a ball game

A couple weeks ago, we traversed the Passaic in the morn to join the bugs and cranks for a base ball match between the Atlantics of Brooklyn and the Gothams of New York held on the grounds in Paterson. T’was a merrie affair played under 1864 rules and featuring great displays of athletic prowess. The

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Jackie Robinson history in Jersey City

As we all know, Jackie Robinson made his Major League debut on April 15, 1947, an event that is celebrated each year on that date with every player on every club wearing No. 42. But three days later is another important anniversary in Robinson’s — and baseball’s — history. On April 18, 1946, he made

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April 25, 1915: Hal Chase attacked in Harrison

  Sunday, April 25, 1915, wasn’t a good day for Hal Chase, the Buffalo Blues’ first baseman. First, he went 0-for-6 in the BufFeds’ 2-1, 14-inning loss at Newark. And then he was beaten up. After the game, Chase was walking along S. 2nd St. in Harrison, near the ballpark, when a Newark fan named

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