just-published book, Baseball in Newark by Robert L. Cvornyek,
was brought to our attention by Jane Jubilee of
and features the photographs of a number of our local photographers,
including Colin Burke (www.atlanticleaguephoto.com),
Kyle Burke, Bill Lenahan, and Gordon Forsyth.
Lavishly illustrated with historical and more recent black and white
photographs -- including some from the Bears’ 2003 season -- the
book is a must-read for Bears fans. Cvornyek summarizes the
history of baseball in the Brick City, from before the Civil War
through January 12, 1950, when the Yankees sold the Bears franchise to
the Chicago Cubs, who moved the team to Massachusetts; and then from
1999, when Rick Cerone brought baseball back to Newark.
Cvornyek raided the archives of, among others, the
Library and the New Jersey Historical Society, for a remarkable series
of pictures illustrating the players of Newark’s teams throughout the
years. Although the text is minimal, the photographs are accompanied
by extensive captions. Baseball fans of all persuasions will recognize
some of the great players who passed through Newark on their way to
the major leagues. Among the most beloved of these is Yogi Berra,
who played with the Bears in 1946. More recent “graduates” of the
Newark Bears include Jose Canseco and Rickey Henderson.
Of special note are the group and individual photos of the 1937 Bears,
considered by many the greatest minor-league team in history, and the
1946 Negro World Series Champion Eagles.
Despite some sloppy editing (spelling Rickey Henderson’s name wrong,
for heaven’s sake!), the book is a treasure for Newark baseball fans,
and, in fact, for all lovers of baseball. The author, Robert Cvornyek,
is an associate professor of history and labor studies at Rhode Island
College, and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.
The book boasts an introduction by Rick Cerone.
Physically, the book is beautiful: nicely laid out, with clear,
readable type and a quality paper cover. The photographs have been
reproduced with care.
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Baseball in Newark
Written by Robert
Published October 2003 by
Not printed on acid-free paper