35 New Jersey Firsts – #8 – First Organized Baseball Game

by Alice Magdziak • March 19, 2014 • Third StateComments (0)1781

We’re just one day away from Spring!  And, Spring means baseball to us. MLB Opening Day is on March 30th.  Who’s ready?

New Jersey officially recognizes 1664 as the year the state was founded when land owned by the Duke of York was given to Sir George Carteret and John Lord Berkeley. That transaction record proclaimed that “said Tract of Land is hereafter to be called by the name or names of New Cesarea or New Jersey.” That makes this year New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary! To celebrate this major milestone, we’ve undertaken a project we’re calling 35 New Jersey Firsts where we highlight 35 things that first came to life in New Jersey.

The first organized baseball game was played in Hoboken on June 19, 1846.

The first officially recorded baseball game was played on Hoboken’s Elysian Fields with Alexander Joy Cartwright’s New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23-1. Cartwright’s rules were used and Cartwright, himself, umpired.


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