Baseball Returns to
New Jersey in 1994
The two men who brought professional baseball back to New Jersey were as different as night and day. One lived in the city, the other in the country. One was a slick, hard-driving Trenton politician who could work a room with the best of them. The other was a low-keyed businessman who commuted to New York City every day from his home in rural Sussex County. Bob Prunetti of Trenton and Rob Hilliard of Vernon shared the dream of bringing minor-league baseball to their respective areas of New Jersey. Their methods differed but their goals and results were the same, resulting in brand new ballparks and minor-league baseball in Trenton and Frankford Township for the 1994 baseball season.
The entrance to Skylands Park, Augusta, Sussex County, which was built to
resemble a barn. Photograph by Bob Golon, 2005.