The Empire Conference is made up of clubs from northern New Jersey, New York City, New York State, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The modern game of baseball has its roots in the “New York Game”. The Elysian Fields in Hoboken is thought to be the first place where the game we know as baseball was played. In 1845, the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York, the first true base ball clubs started playing at the Elysian Fields because of a lack of field space in Mahatten. On June 19, 1846, the Knickerbockers led by Alexander Cartwright played the New York Nine on these grounds in the first organized game between two clubs. By the 1850′s, several Manhattan-based member clubs of the National Association of Base Ball Players were using the grounds as their home field.
It is fitting that some of the oldest and most established vintage base ball clubs hail from this area. The New York Mutuals lay claim to being the oldest vintage base ball club in America tracing itself back to 1980. The Brooklyn Atlantics are also one of the game’s great clubs that has been around since the 1990s. The Flemington Neshanock and Elizabeth Resolutes have a long history of showing the game all across the east as do the New York Mutuals. Newcombers the Hoboken Nine look to be outstanding additons to this conference. Also just added in 2013 is the famed Providence Grays, one of the finest and most historically accurate clubs in America. They will start competing in the MAVBBL in 2014.
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