Something occurred to me on Monday night as I watched the Giants celebrate their first World Series championship since moving to San Francisco. I looked over at my blue Jersey City Giants cap, the white “JC” outlined in red, and thought about the two minor league affiliates that used to play in Trenton and Jersey City. (The photo at right shows Hall of Famer Gabby Hartnett and his son in 1944. Hartnett managed the Jersey City Giants from 1943-45.) I then realized that the last five World Series winners all have or had minor-league ties to the Garden State:
- The Yankees’ double-A affiliate is currently the Trenton Thunder.
- The Phillies’ low-Class A affiliate is currently the Lakewood BlueClaws.
- The Red Sox’ double-A affiliate used to be the Trenton Thunder.
- The Cardinals’ short-season affiliate used to be the New Jersey Cardinals.