Tag Archives: New Jersey history

Lou Gehrig in Asbury Park

Lou Gehrig, 1927, Asbury Park, N.J. (Personal collection) A couple of years ago, I came across this photo on eBay. It’s small — maybe about 2×3 inches — pasted to a blank postcard. On the back, in pencil, it says, “Lou Gehrig and [illegible] 1927 Ashbury Pk.” The illegible name looks like Janu, but it

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The 2013 HOF Pre-Integration ballot

The Hall of Fame unveiled the 2013 Pre-Integration Era ballot over the weekend, and it includes a New Jersey connection: Jacob Ruppert — known as the Yankees owner who acquired Babe Ruth — is also the man for whom Newark’s Ruppert Stadium was named. The Yankees owned the Newark Bears from 1931-47 (when they moved

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Larry Doby gets a stamp!

This came out a week ago, but I’ve been quite busy and never got around to writing anything. And now that a hurricane is bearing down on us and I don’t know when I’ll have power and internet again after Sunday, I figured I don’t have the luxury of composing a more elaborate post. So

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Finding Frank Grant

Every week I seem to come across another connection between New Jersey and baseball’s past, sometimes a significant part of it or something that should be more well known than it is. The most recent find goes back to a Hall of Famer from the 19th Century — and the game’s segregated practices. This spring,

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He could throw that speedball by you

Photo is mine; funky effects with the help of Piknik Yesterday’s New York Times had a splendid article about the old friend — that “speedball” pitcher — who appears in the opening of Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days.” It’s exactly as it sounds — Bruce was walking into a bar — the Headliner in Neptune —

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