No Minor Accomplishment: The Revival of New Jersey Professional Baseball

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Newark and the Bears
Combining the Past and the Present

The present was not living up to the past. After an absence of fifty years, the Bears returned to the city of Newark in 1999 amid great fanfare and expectations. It did not matter that it was no longer the 1940s, that venerable, old Ruppert Stadium was torn down in 1967, or that the Bears were an independent professional team instead of the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. None of this mattered to Bears owner Rick Cerone or to Newark and Essex County officials. The history of baseball in Newark made it appear only logical to them that “if we build it, they will come”—meaning fans, by the thousands. Tales of the old Newark Bears, the Yankees farm club from 1932 through 1950,

Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium, Newark. Photograph by Bob Golon,
2005.

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