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Laura T. Troiano. (Ph.D. Thesis) Rutgers The State University of New Jersey--Newark. 2017.
"The primary focus of this history is centered on two baseball stadiums in Newark, NJ, Ruppert Stadium, built in 1926 and demolished in 1967 and Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium, completed in 1999, sold in 2016, and is now slated to be replaced with mixed use retail space and condominiums...For both stadiums, for over a century, Newark mayors, councilmen, successful businessmen, community organizers, newspaper columnists and reporters, and local citizens all craft, repurpose, and used these civic narratives to further their own varied agendas. It is through these crafted narratives about these stadiums that I explore the competing views of the city and the competing visions for its future."
Small (1 box) collection of materials relating to baseball in Newark. Newark Public Library.
The Newark Peppers
In 1915 the Indiana Hoosiers, the 1914 champions of the renegade Federal League, moved to Newark and opened the season as the Newark Peppers--the only major league baseball team ever based in New Jersey.
"Beer baron and New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert purchased the Newark International League club on November 12, 1931, and over the next seven years some of the best young baseball talent ever assembled would perform in Newark."
"The Newark Bears"
Neil J. Sullivan. The Minors : the Struggles and the Triumph of Baseball's Poor Relation from 1876 to the Present. New York, St. Martin's Press, 1990. pp. 132-148.
1937 Newark Bears: A Baseball Legend.
Ronald A. Mayer. New Brunswick, N.J., Rutgers University Press, 1994. Available?
Randolph Linthurst. Trenton, N.J., White Eagle Print, 1978. Available?
Newark Bears: The Middle Years.
Randolph Linthurst. West Trenton, N.J., 1979. Available?
Newark Bears: The Final Years.
Randolph Linthurst. West Trenton, N.J., 1981. Available?
"[Newark Public Library] Special Collections Associate Greg Guderian gives an introduction to the Newark Eagles professional baseball team, and the papers documenting their 12-year history in the city. The Eagles played in the Negro National League, won the Negro World Series championship in 1946, and produced eight Hall of Famers. Their co-owner, Effa Manley, is the only woman ever to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame."
Lisa Doris Alexander. Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal 1(2), September 1, 2008, pp.83-94.
"This article examines the issue of passing within professional baseball using Manley as an example, discusses the differing implications of Manley passing for white or passing for black and places Manley's racial identities within the greater context of passing within baseball specifically and American culture more broadly." Rutgers-restricted Access
Lawrence H. Rushing. Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal 4(2), September 1, 2011, pp.17-35.
"This paper explores how Manley viewed her racial identity throughout her lifetime. The larger issue of the paper is to shed light on the meaning and definition of race in American society." Rutgers-restricted Access
Patricia Vignola. NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture 13(2), 2005, pp. 71-81.
"This study focuses on Negro League Baseball as a microcosm of African American capitalism and society, and how this "alternate" economy failed. Using the Newark Eagles of the second Negro National League as a case study, rather than retelling the American myth of the beneficent Caucasian savior and the naive African American athlete, this discussion will show how it was within the makeup of Major League Baseball to subsume Negro League Baseball." Rutgers-restricted access
Newark Public Library has digitized their Newark Eagles Records, [Main N.J. Ref. MG NWK Eagles] including financial records, legal papers on contracts and agreements, etc., team schedules, line-ups, batting averages, press releases, biographical material, correspondence, newspaper clippings, files on Negro Leagues and Newark Cubs, and miscellaneous papers.
George B. Kirsch. Journal of Sport History 11(1), Spring 1984, 28-50.
Examines demographic, social and cultural characteristics of cricketers and cricket clubs in Newark and the other major U.S. cricketing centers (New York City, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia) before the Civil War.
The Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey.
Michael C. Gabriele. Charleston, History Press, 2011. Available?
"Branch Brook Park Roller Rink, located in Newark, NJ, is one of the few remaining urban rinks of its kind...This documentary film depicts a space cherished by skaters and a city struggling to move beyond its past and forge a new narrative amidst contemporary social issues." Available?