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The Newark Experience: Sports

Newark Eagles

Riverfront Stadium

Former home of the Newark Bears minor league baseball team (1999-2013).

Prudential Center

Prudential Center Arena
Home to the New Jersey Devils National Hockey League team.

Sports in Newark


Newark: A Timeline of Our Baseball History
Baseball in Newark.
Robert Cvornyek. Charleston, S.C., Arcadia Pub., 2003.
Photographic history of baseball in Newark from the 19th century to 2003. Available?
From Sandlot to Stadium: Two Centuries of Newark Baseball
John Zinn and Laura Troiano, presenters. Program sponsored by the Newark History Society and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, April 20, 2019.
The Ball Game.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc. 1898. [Video clip]
Opening Game Eastern League.
Panoramic photo. 1910. Rochester at Newark
Records of Professional Baseball Teams That Have Played in Newark
Major, minor, and Negro league records.
Give Me A "Ball Park Figure": Creating Civic Narratives Through Stadium Building in Newark, New Jersey
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."

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.

"The Short Happy Life of the Newark Peppers"
Irwin Chusid. Baseball Research Journal 20, 1991, pp. 44-45.
1915 Newark Peppers
Roster and Photograph.
"Famous Magnates of the Federal League: Harry Sinclair, Oil Wizard, the Live Wire of the Feds,"
F.C. Lane. Baseball Magazine 15(4), August 1915, pp. 28-32, 106, 108, 110, 112, 114.
Sinclair was the owner of the Newark Peppers.
F.C. Lane. Baseball Magazine 15(2), June 1915, p.15.
On Newark's impressive opening day.

The Newark Bears

1937 Newark Bears: A Baseball Legend.
Ronald A. Mayer. New Brunswick, N.J., Rutgers University Press, 1994. Available?
Newark Bears.
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?

The Newark Eagles

"African American Stories: The Newark Eagles,"
Jersey Journeys 2000, no. 4 (February 2000).
The Newark Eagles, the outstanding Negro Leagues baseball team, played in Newark from 1937 to 1948. Profile of owner Effa Manley and players Monte Irvin and Larry Doby.
Queen of the Negro Leagues : Effa Manley and the Newark Eagles.
James Overmyer. Lanham, MD., Scarecrow Press, 1998. Available?
She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story.
Audrey Vernick. New York, HarperCollins, 2010. Available?
The Most Famous Woman in Baseball: Effa Manley and the Negro Leagues.
Bob Luke. Washington, D.C., Potomac Books, 2011. Available?
Newark Eagles Records, 1935-1946.
Newark Public Library [Main N.J. Ref. MG NWK Eagles] 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.


"American Cricket: Players and Clubs Before the Civil War,"
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?
Newark, N.J., Started a National Cycling Tradition
Peter Joffre Nye.
Newark: Cradle of Cycling in the Sport's Golden Age
Nat Bodian.

A Bad Spill--Newark, N.J., Velodrome Track [1914 Photograph]

Ice Hockey

The New Jersey Devils
Mark Stewart. Chicago, Ill., Norwood House Press, 2011. Available?
Newark Ice Hockey Game - 1898
Thomas Edison film

Roller Skating

The Rink
DVD. Directed by Sarah Friedland. 2012.
"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?

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