Tag Archives: New Jersey history

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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The New Jersey Mets? It could’ve happened. Maybe

  Before Shea Stadium opened 51 years ago on April 17, 1964, the Mets played their first two seasons in the Polo Grounds. This we all know, because Shea Stadium wasn’t ready when the Mets joined the National League in 1962. What I didn’t know was that, as late as the summer of 1961, there was

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When New Jersey was major league

  Remember the Newark Peppers? You wouldn’t. Chances are no one alive today would have actual memories of the one summer New Jersey boasted its own major league baseball (not capitalized on purpose) team. That’s because this year marks the 100th anniversary of that summer — 1915, when the short-lived Federal League placed a team

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Hinchliffe Stadium snowed in

A couple of weeks ago on a photo trip to Paterson’s Great Falls, I peered over at Hinchliffe Stadium and noticed the main gates were open. Inside on what had been the football playing field (and deep in the outfield) were piles of snow.  Such piles are not so unusual in the northeast this winter, but these

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Hunting Bears

A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon a few nice finds when it comes to historical New Jersey baseball. This Newark Bears team photo was discovered when I decided to click on one of those promotional e-mails I usually just delete. It was for a discount in the Historic Images store, and when I

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