FLEMINGTON, NJ – If you love baseball and have an interest in history, or you love history and have an interest in baseball, you might be interested in the Flemington Neshanock Base Ball Club.
The team plays baseball, obviously, but by 19th century rules. The original Neshanock club was established in July 1866 and comprised mainly of the town’s prominent constituents. Today’s Neshanock were re-established in 2001 by Brad “Brooklyn” Shaw, who revived the original name of the team.
Rules back in the 1800s were different. It’s where fielders play without gloves bare-handed, and where at least one player cites his stomach as his chest protector.
On May 5, the team will square off against the Kingsland Colonels of Nutley Base Ball Club to see who has more “muckle.”
Of course, to some extent that will be up to the cranks to decide. That’s what they called fans back in the old days.
The teams will wear “authentic replicas” of 19th century equipment and wear 19th century-style uniforms. They’ll meet at Yanticaw Park in Nutley, and the game will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.
Admission is free; donations are accepted by passing the hat.