POSTPONED UNTIL JULY 30 due to weather forecast
Step back into 1870 on Saturday, July 9, 12-4 p.m. at Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s Warren Township Library branch, located at 42 Mountain Blvd. in Warren, as the Elizabeth Resolutes and Central Base Ball Clubs take the field in a historically accurate recreation of base ball. The game will be played on the Municipal fields M3 & M4.
This event is free and all ages are welcome to attend. Rain date is July 30.
Before the teams play, there will be a presentation where attendees can learn about, see, and touch the equipment that was used in the very beginning of America’s Pastime.
"The Elizabeth Resolutes are entering our seventeenth year of recreating the game of base ball as it was played in New Jersey during the 1870's,” Paul Salomone, captain and founder of the Elizabeth Resolutes Base Ball Club. “We welcome this opportunity to raise the awareness of New Jersey's rich history in nineteenth century base ball.
About The Elizabeth Resolutes Base Ball Club
The Elizabeth Resolutes Base Ball Club is a recreation of an historically factual base ball club from Elizabeth, NJ that played from 1866 to 1878. During those years, the Resolutes played many of the most important base ball clubs from both New York and New Jersey, including the Brooklyn Atlantics and the Princeton Nassau.
The Resolutes won the New Jersey amateur championship in the years 1870 and 1872, besting the Amateur club of Newark in 1870 and the Champion club of Jersey City in 1872. The 1873 Resolutes were New Jersey's first professional organization in any sport as a member club of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players.
Although they were a failure as a professional club, the Resolutes' season included several historically significant moments and opponents. The Resolutes returned to amateur play after the 1873 season.
The present day Elizabeth Resolutes began playing in 2000, using the rules of 1873. The Resolutes have traveled all over the Northeast playing nineteenth century base ball in many of the early game's different rules sets. Their opponents include other recreations of historical base ball clubs, such as the Brooklyn Atlantics of Smithtown, New York (1864 rules), and the Providence Grays of Providence, Rhode Island (1884 rules). The Resolutes now play their home matches by the rules of 1870 to commemorate the championship of that year. Their home field is Rahway River Park in Rahway, NJ.
About The Central Base Ball Club
The Elizabeth Resolutes are now fostering the recreation of a second historically factual base ball club, the Central Base Ball Club of Plainfield, NJ. The Central Club also played during the 1870's, and the new Centrals will also play using the rules, uniforms, and equipment accurate to 1870. Recruiting efforts continue at this time. Anyone interested in playing on the new Central Base Ball Club should contact Paul Salomone either by phone at 9083379882, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about The Elizabeth Resolutes or The Central Base Ball Club, visit elizabethresolutes.com
About Somerset County Library System of New Jersey
Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) partners with you to connect, to explore, to share and to discover. Together we enrich lives, expand knowledge and strengthen communities. SCLSNJ branches can be found in Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, North Plainfield, Peapack & Gladstone, Rocky Hill at Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Somerville, Warren Township and Watchung. Additionally, there are two SCLSNJ reading stations in Branchburg and Washington Valley. Visit SCLSNJ.org for further information about library services offered at SCLSNJ.
Editorial note: In the 19th century, baseball was two words. As this is a historically accurate program, all references to the game appear as such in the press release above.
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