Take Me Out to the Ball Game! South Orange Plays Baseball, 19th Century-Style

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From the Village of South Orange:

A circa 19th century baseball game will be played on Saturday, Sept. 17, starting at noon on Cameron Field in South Orange. The local South Orange Villagers hope to get even after suffering a resounding defeat to the Flemington Neshanock in 2014. Period style uniforms will be worn by all in this part game, part show, part history lesson and all fun.

The Neshanock Team will play against local volunteers in bare-handed baseball using rules from 1864 or 1873. The event will also include a short lesson on the history of the game and a recitation of “Casey at the Bat”.

Known as the field “where legends played”, the Village celebrated the 100th anniversary of Cameron field in 2014. Famous Yankee all-stars Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth and Whitey Ford played here 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. Come on out and enjoy the game!

See photos from the 2014 game in this Village Green article.

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