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Vintage Base Ball Game Highlights The New Jersey Historical Society's October Baseball Month

2006-09-25

Swing batter, batter, swing! The month of October at The New Jersey Historical Society will not only bring Halloween spirit, but that good old peanuts and Cracker Jack feeling just in time for the World Series. The Historical Society's month-long homage to Vintage Base Ball (yes, it was originally two words) promises to steal first base. Featuring talks from experts on the history of professional baseball and women's roles in the sport, the 7th inning stretch of October will be highlighted by a live reenactment.

Join us at Riverbank Park, in the Ironbound section of Newark on Saturday, October 21 for a Vintage Base Ball Game with the Flemington Neshanock, 12:00 pm-2:30 pm. The Flemington Neshanock are a Vintage Base Ball team who play by 19th century rules and use authentic replicas of 19th century equipment and uniforms. Come to watch a game played by these rules, and see how much the sport has changed over the years. In case of rain, the game will be called, but the show will go on inside NJHS. Demonstrations and discussions will be held in the first floor auditorium.

The baseball blast continues throughout the month of October with our Wednesday brown-bag lunch series, which is free to the public. On Wednesday, October 4, join us for New Jersey's Baseball Heritage from 12:15pm-1:00pm. Baseball historian and author Bob Golon will present a multimedia look at the colorful history of professional baseball in New Jersey.

To examine some of the more bizarre moments of baseball, stop by on Wednesday, October 11 for What a Way To Go, 12:15pm-1:00pm. Frank Russo and Gene Racz, authors of Bury My Heart at Cooperstown: Salacious, Sad, and Surreal Deaths in the History of Baseball, will share stories from their book.

On Wednesday, October 18, the ladies take center field with She Loved Baseball, 12:15 pm-1:00 pm. Meet baseball historian Bob Cvornyek who will discuss Effa Manley, owner of the Newark Eagles from 1936-1948, and the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Finishing up this grand slam of activities on Wednesday, October 25 is New Jersey's Shades of Glory, 12:15 pm-1:00 pm. Larry Hogan, author of Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball, will discuss black baseball in the Garden State from 1880-1948.

The New Jersey Historical Society is located at 52 Park Place, Newark, NJ, across from Military Park, one-half block from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Please call the Historical Society at 973-596-8500 extension 234 or check out our website at http://www.jerseyhistory.org/ for more information. While there, don't forget to stop by our online auction! Starting October 16, 2006 until November 15, 2006, we will be auctioning off theatre and concert tickets, wine tastings, sporting events, spa packages, dance lessons, and many other items. All proceeds benefit The New Jersey Historical Society's educational programs, museum exhibitions, and library collections. The online auction will culminate in a fundraising Gala and live auction event at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange on November 16.

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