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Newark Eureka Vintage Base Ball Team looking for players



Through the leadership of the Flemington Neshanock and with the support of The New Jersey Historical Society, the Newark Eureka will take the field in 2008. The Eureka will be New Jersey’s third 19th Century baseball team joining the Flemington club and the Elizabeth Athletic Club.

Based on a highly successful amateur team of the 1860’s, the Eureka will play according to the rules of that era which were very different from today’s game. The two major differences that fans will notice are that the players do not use gloves and all pitching is underhand. The absence of gloves in the field typically generates a great deal of fan interest and may be the best example of how the Eureka will recreate the rugged nature of the game’s early days. There will also be other variations both from modern rules and from those used by Flemington (1873) and Elizabeth (1891).

The Eureka won their inaugural game against the Flemington Neshanock 25-14 at Commerce Bank Ballpark in Somerset, N.J. They will play three matches in Elkton, Maryland on Sunday, April 27th as part of the Maryland/New Jersey Challenge. They will play their first home game in Newark on Sunday, May 25th at Branch Brook Park. The team hopes to play its remaining home games at Riverbank Park in Newark which is not far from the Eureka’s original home field at Ferry and Adams Streets. Other home games are scheduled for June 29th and July 27th with additional games in the works.

In addition to playing by 1860’s rules, the Eureka will wear uniforms modeled on those worn by the original team based upon a photo in the archives of the Historical Society. As with the rules, the uniforms are very different from today, featuring checked caps and shirts, black suspenders and gray pants. Additional research is underway into the history of the Eureka who competed very successfully against some of the best teams of that era, including the Brooklyn Atlantics and New York Mutuals.

The Newark Eureka are always looking for new players to recreate baseball as it was played in this great era of Newark’s past. Anyone interested in playing should contact Ron Colonga at jr55col@aol.com or Brad Shaw at neshanock@earthlink.net. Additional information is available on the team’s web site at http://members.aol.com/spectradog/NewarkEureka.

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