Baseball’s Early Roots in New Jersey
It was April 1946, and New Jersey paused for a deep breath. During this particular spring, the sun seemed warmer and brighter, the air smelled fresher, the smiles were broader, and the laughter returned. Optimism replaced pessimism, and relaxation regained its rightful place in life alongside of work. World War II was over, after four long years, and it was time to have fun again.
Servicemen and servicewomen lucky enough to have survived the war returned home to their loved ones. Families were reunited. Baseball, which did its best during the war to provide New Jersey and the rest of
Harrison Field, home of the Newark Peppers of the Federal League, 1915.
Photo courtesy of the Town of Harrison, New Jersey.