Since August 2004, I’ve depended on many people for the help and support necessary to finish this project, and I would like to acknowledge them now, and sincerely hope that I do not leave anybody out.
First, I’d like to thank my former employer, the Bernards Township Library in Basking Ridge, under the direction of Anne Meany, and my supervisor, Ruth Lufkin, for their early encouragement of this project. I would especially like to thank the head children’s librarian, Antonette D’Orazio, for drafting me to do a presentation on New Jersey baseball for the kids of Bernards Township, which led to the idea of this book. I would also like to thank my current employers, the Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries; and in particular the head of Special Collections, Ronald Becker; the university archivist Tom Frusciano; and all of my coworkers for their continued patience and encouragement as I have moved through this process. The materials contained in the New Jersey Room at Special Collection, as well as the online resources available via the Rutgers University Libraries Web site were a great source of historical information for me.
I’d like to acknowledge Robert Mulcahy, athletic director of Rutgers University, for giving me insight into his days with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and their efforts to bring baseball to the Meadowlands Sports Complex in the 1980s. Also, Helene Lynch, the local history librarian, and Rina Banerjee, the adult reference librarian, at the Mercer County Library, Lawrenceville branch, for assisting me in researching the early days of the Trenton Thunder and Waterfront Park via their vertical clippings files. Tony Torre and Herm Sorcher, the former general manager and assistant general manager of