Anniversary in Hoboken

 Currier & Ives print of early Baseball Championship Game at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey. Click to enlarge.

Hoboken, NJ– On Saturday, June 19, the Elizabeth Resolutes and the Flemington Neshanock marked the 164 anniversary of the first officially recorded base ball game.  The first recorded game was at the Elysian Fields on June 19, 1846 under rules set up by Alexander Cartwright.  On Saturday, the Resolutes and the Neshanock comemerated that day with a match of their own at Stevens Institute of Technology.  After Flemington went up 1-0 in the top of the 1st inning, Elizabeth came back with 9 unanswered runs over the next 3 frames and cruised to a 19-5 win.  It wasn’t all about wins and loses on this day though.  Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer saw her dream come true of a vintage base ball game taking place in her town.  “I think of Hoboken as the birthplace of baseball,” she said. “It should be played here. I want to work with Vintage Baseball Association and the Hoboken Museum to bring a team here.”

Elkton 17 Delaware 14

On a hot day in Cecil County, The Eclipse hosted the Diamond States, their opponent for the second consecutive week.  The much improved Delaware Nine gave the defending MAVBBL champs all they could handle but in the end the Elkton club hung on for their 11th win in 12 tries.

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