Hub City History: Baseball
Facts about the history of New Brunswick.
Editor's note: Hub City History is a new weekly feature that includes facts about New Brunswick, as provided by the New Brunswick Free Public Library.
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Baseball season is upon us, and New Brunswick has seen its share of famous ball players. This week's information is taken from the book
"The Jersey Game: The History of Modern Baseball From Its Birth to the Big Leagues in the Garden State" by James M. DiClerico and Barry J. Pavelec.
The following players from New Brunswick went on to play for the Major Leagues:
- Charlie Atherton (3rd base) played one season for Washington.
- Ted Kubiak (2nd base) played ten seasons for Oakland.
- Alex Sabo played two seasons as a catcher for Washington.
- Mark Ciardi pitched one season with Milwaukee.
- Bill Clemenson pitched three seasons with Pittsburgh.
- Albert (Ab) Hermann was a pitcher and slugger for the Boston Braves in the 1920’s.
- John J. Harkins, Sr. was an 1880's major leaguer and one of the first professional players from New Jersey. He interred in New Brunswick. He was a pitcher with the Cleveland Blues of the National League and the Brooklyn Trolley-Dodgers of the American Association with a lifetime record of 51-83.
- In the 1860’s, there was an all-black baseball team in New Brunswick, one of the first in the country.
- In 1865, New Brunswick had yet another amateur baseball team, the "New Brunswick Hopeful."