Go enjoy some good old-fashioned American fun when South Orange hosts a 19th-century baseball game on Saturday, September 20, at Cameron Field in South Orange for the 100th anniversary of the field “Where the legends played.”
Famous Yankee all- stars Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Whitey Ford played on Cameron Field, as well as several Negro League stars, including Josh Gibson of the Pittsburgh Crawfords. It has also been the venue for many local teams, including Little League, school teams and adult leagues.
Part game, part show, part history lesson, and all fun, the Flemington, NJ Neshanock team will play against local volunteers in bare-handed baseball, wearing period uniforms and using rules from 1864. The event will also include a short lesson on the history of the game and a recitation of “Casey at the Bat,” as well as a few interesting surprise appearances, such as Larry Doby’s granddaughter, Nicole Lynn Frasier, who will share her memories of baseball and its significance to her when she was a child.
As New Jersey celebrates its 350th anniversary, this event also commemorates the state’s role in baseball history. Hoboken’s Elysian Fields was the location of the first officially recorded game of organized baseball, on June 19, 1846, when the New York Nine beat the New York Knickerbockers, 23-1.
The recognition event and game is free and open to all and there will be an old-style food concession as well.