UNION, NJ - A vintage baseball game between the Union Farmers and Elizabeth Resolutes took place at Rabkin Park on Sunday to over 100 spectactors.
Families came out to watch the first “Play Ball!” Summer Celebration Festival where the Union Farmers beat the Elizabeth Resolutes, 15-4.
The Resolutes are the first 19th-century-rules baseball club in New Jersey, and the only baseball club in New Jersey to play by the actual rules of the club they recreated. The Resolutes have helped to further 19th century baseball research by introducing 1870, '73, and '91 rules into regular match play.
“My colleagues and I are so excited to celebrate one of the great American past times with a festival of this caliber,” said Union Mayor Manuel Figueiredo prior to the start of the game.
The “Play Ball Summer” Celebration Festival also featured arts & crafts and ballpark food.
“Play Ball Summer” is an initiative through the Major League Baseball Association and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It is an effort by American mayors that spans from June through August. The initiative encourages mayors across the country and in Puerto Rico to host activities to engage citizens, families and city departments to organize individual and community-based events (such as playing catch, "running bases" in the backyard, family gatherings, park and recreation activities and business-supported activities) to strengthen the connection between baseball and American communities.