NUTLEY, NJ - The Mighty Nutley Colonels survived the Third Annual Baseball Classic as they faced the Flemington Neshanocks in 'Boys' Park' this past weekend. The 14 members of 2017 roster gave it their all at bat and on the field, however, the Flemington Neshanocks had more "muckle."
Before the game, Don “Pop” Fernicola said, “My stomach is my chest protector. It’s my second year and I’m glad to be here.”
Fernicola’s son, Don, said it was his third year playing in the classic and he was "trying to show the little guy how to do it.” While six year old D.J. did not play, he cheered on his father and "grandpop" from the bull pen.
“Throwing out the first pitch is a proud moment to help us remember Nutley’s history,” said Mayor Joseph Scarpelli, who was among the 'cranks" who cheered “huzzah” as the Colonels took the field.
“Kingsland Manor named the team the ‘Colonels’ because years ago there was an adult male team in Nutley called the Colonels," the mayor explained. "I am happy our players are interested to participate.”
The team’s barehanded manager, Leon “Skipper” Kish greeted the "rooters" and gifted attendees with a booklet that included the team’s rosters, 19th Century Baseball Terminology, Rules and the Role of the 19th Century Umpire and upcoming Kingsland Manor Event.
Umpire Sam “It ain’t nothing til I say” Bernstein treated the players and fans to his lively recitation of “Casey at the Bat” before the start of the 7th inning.
Dorothy (Dot) Greengrove, was in charge of the refreshment stand where rooters donated $1 for popcorn and lemonade. Cupcakes also appeared in the tent, when it was announced that it wa sher birthday. There was a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday for Greengrove.
Greengrove’s parents immigrated from Germany and lived on Bayard Street before purchasing a home on Grant Avenue Born in 1932, Greengrove is one of Nutley’s "celebrity" historians.
“The Nutley dump was originally located on the land that is now Flora Loudan Park on Hancock Street," she said. "The button factory would dump plastic waste, sometimes igniting. My mother would drag us back into the house when the city dump caught fire.”
Greengrove is a Nutley Historical Committee member and said she is excited about changes recently submitted to the Board of Commissioners and looks forward to passage of the revised Historical Preservation ordinance. Nutley Commissioners Contemplate Historic Ordinance
19th Century Baseball Terminology
- Ballist = player
- Bull Pen = area where "cranks" sit
- Crank, Rooter or Bug = Fan
- Ginger = pluck or determination
- Huzzah = hooray
- Sockdolager = a long hit