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Gotham Base Ball Club 2015 Preview

Press Release Release Date: 3/10/15 Release Status: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contacts: Ben Levinsohn (Collector) benlevinsohn@gmail.com

Charles Klasman (Bugs) Chazbot@optonline.net

March 10, 2015 The Gotham Base Ball Club has posted its 2015 schedule on the team website. New Jersey dates kick off on May 16th at the Paramus Public Library where the Gothams will play the… Continue reading

Remembering Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks

Baseball fans were saddened to hear that Chicago Cubs legend, Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks, had suddenly passed away at the age of 83 last Friday on January 23rd. His former teammates, Don Kessinger, Billy Williams and Lou Brock along with other Cub legends like Sammy Sosa poured in their condolences over this past week. The shortstop/first… Continue reading

Channeling Don Zimmer: The Role of the Bench Coach in College Baseball Christopher J. Anderson Assistant Baseball Coach, Drew University

The position of baseball bench coach has an elusive past. Sports historians continue to debate who worked the dugout as the first bench coach in the history of baseball. Was it Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants who, from 1919 to 1921, rode the pine as special assistant to John McGraw? Was it Johnny Pesky,… Continue reading

The Game Within the Game

One pitch, one error, one run, one play. These aspects can be difference between winning and losing. For this reason, it is important as a ballplayer to analyze any element that can potentially change the outcome of a ballgame. The players with the most “savviness” are commonly the ones that are the most successful. I’m sure… Continue reading

Derek Jeter begins his Historic Run: April 2nd 1996

Derek Jeter is the greatest shortstop in modern baseball history. In this, his final season, New Jersey Baseball Magazine takes a look back at one of the top moments in the career of Derek Jeter.

Derek Jeter (Courtesy of simple.wikipedia.org)

Today we look back at April 2, 1996, when Jeter makes his first big impression in… Continue reading

Jimmie Foxx: From Hall of Fame Hitter to unbeaten Pitcher

Jimmie Foxx (Courtesy of sabr.org)

Jimmie Foxx may have been the strongest hitter to ever play the game of baseball. He retired with 534 home runs, which at the time was second most in Major League history, only trailing the Bambino himself. His .609 career slugging percentage is fifth best in baseball history to this day.… Continue reading

Moses Walker: The original Jackie Robinson

The American icon, Jackie Robinson accomplished feats in his lifetime that no mere mortal could comprehend. His sacrifices on and off the baseball diamond created the foundation for the Civil Rights Movement, insuring that all men were created equal, regardless of color or appearance. Indeed for the Civil Rights Movement, Jackie Robinson was the foundation.

Moses… Continue reading

Bunting in Dollywood, Part 2: A full nine innings of Baseball

Last weekend, I took Dorothy Juba, my 90-year old aunt to PBI (Professional Baseball Instruction) in Upper Saddle River. I had taken her to an outdoor baseball field before, but with the weather getting cold, I thought it would be smarter to take her to an indoor batting cage.

Batting Practice is a walk in the… Continue reading

Pitching Legend Satchel Paige An Interview with Biographer Larry Nye By John Wisniewski

Of all the amazing athletes and inspirational personalities who have graced professional sports, few are as compelling as Leroy ‘Satchel’ Paige. The following interview, conducted for County Baseball Publications (CBP) by John Wisniewski, sheds authentic light on the life, times and legacy of a true American hero. John interviewed Larry Nye, whose research on arguably the… Continue reading

Rick Monday: A Veteran on and off the Field

Baseball is America’s Pastime. However America stands for much more than baseball. It stands for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” When someone is able to stand up for the happiness that we all deserve, shouldn’t that person be praised? In honor of Veteran’s Day, New Jersey Baseball Magazine looks back at Rick Monday, who… Continue reading

Baseball’s Everlasting Legacy: The true story of Johnny Sylvester and Babe Ruth

1926 may seem like a long time in the past. However for Andrew Lilley, the legacy of events during the 1926 World Series has become a significant part of his families’ history. Andrew is the great nephew of Johnny Sylvester. Sylvester is known through out history as the ill young boy whom Babe Ruth promised to… Continue reading

Fenton Mole: From Fort Lee to the Yankees and beyond!

New Jersey has a rich tradition filled with baseball history. Hoboken featured the first professional baseball game. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig would compete against one another in semipro leagues here. Even the great Derek Jeter was born in New Jersey. Those are some of the well known stories fans know and appreciate. Yet there are… Continue reading

NJBM Trivia Contest 2013

Trivia Contest 2013 (Courtesy of proginosko.com)


New Jersey Baseball Magazine is holding a Trivia contest in honor of the World Series. The contest rules are simple.

There are 10 questions on Baseball history and one tie breaker question. The person to answer the most answers correctly will win the contest. In the event of a… Continue reading

Jake Wood: Baseball’s Humble Man

It is rare to meet a man who’s accomplished great things in life, but remains humble and mindful about what’s important in life. That’s the impression I took after interviewing former Detroit Tigers’ second baseman Jake Wood.

Jake Wood (Courtesy of 1965topps.blogspot.com)

Wood, who made his Major League debut with the Tigers in 1961, was one… Continue reading

Baseball with Matt: Ozzie Smith Edition

Hey baseball fans!


Matt Nadel here of Baseball with Matt with some more on America’s Pastime. There are many types of Hall of Famers: contact hitters, power hitters, power pitchers, clutch pitchers, all around hitters, speedsters, and many more. But the most rare group of HoFers is the group that includes players that are known… Continue reading

Greats Long Forgotten: 19th Century Baseball’s all time Pitching Rotation

Baseball is a game based on history. The game we know today is different from the game played centuries ago. However there is one constant that remains throughout the decades; baseball is baseball. Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez and Clayton Kershaw could easily baseball’s greatest starting rotation in this era. But how would they stack up against… Continue reading

Tradition meets Legacy: John Orso and love of Yankee Baseball he passed on to me

The National Pastime is known for providing a link between generations. Children can listen to the stories their grandparents tell about the courage of Jackie Robinson, the swing of Mickey Mantle and the passion of Ted Williams. Each story is passed on from generation to generation of baseball fan. I am personally lucky in this sense… Continue reading

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