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Baseball in Newark (NJ) (Images of Baseball) Paperback – September 21, 2003

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Author Robert L. Cvornyek is an associate professor of history and labor studies at Rhode Island College in Providence. He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and has focused his reasearch on race, memory, and professional baseball in Newark.
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (September 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738513261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738513263
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,459,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the type of book and study that makes people love history. Baseball is an institution--"America's pastime." It's more than that, though. By viewing American history through the lens of baseball, we get a real sense of how we've developed as a nation. Bob Cvornyek's "Baseball in Newark" and work with the legendary Effa Manley on "Negro Baseball: Before Integration" show us how far we've come--and how much distance we still need to travel. We see how baseball kept us apart, then brought us together as a nation. Both Bob Cvornyek's books are essential reading not only to any lover of the game, but everyone digging into the social history of America.
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This just-published book is lavishly illustrated with historical and more recent black and white photographs of the white and black men who have played baseball in Newark, including some from the 2003 season of the independent Atlantic League's Newark Bears. Cvornyek summarizes the history of baseball in the Brick City, from before the Civil War through January 12, 1950, when the Yankees sold the Bears franchise to the Chicago Cubs, who moved the team to Massachusetts; and then from 1999, when former Yankee catcher and Newark native Rick Cerone brought baseball back to Newark.
Cvornyek raided the archives of, among others, the Newark Public Library and the New Jersey Historical Society, for a remarkable series of pictures illustrating the players of Newark's teams throughout the years. The two most famous of these teams are the Newark Bears and the Eagles, the former a triple-A farm team of the New York Yankees, the latter a world-class member of the Negro League. Although the text is minimal, the photographs are accompanied by extensive captions. Baseball fans of all persuasions will recognize many of the great players who passed through Newark on their way to the major leagues. Among the most beloved of these is Yogi Berra, who played with the Bears in 1946. More recent "graduatesEof the Newark Bears include Jose Canseco and Rickey Henderson.
Of special note are the group and individual photos of the 1937 Bears, considered by some the greatest minor-league team in history, and the 1946 Negro World Series Champion Eagles.
Despite some sloppy editing (spelling Rickey Henderson's name wrong, for heaven's sake!), the book is a treasure for Newark baseball fans, and, in fact, for all lovers of baseball.
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By Chris W. on January 25, 2013
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This book is very informative about the history of Newark base ball. It takes you a time when minor league ball was king Newark ,NJ was on the top.
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