The Old-Timey Baseball Club of New Brunswick is looking for players

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The club plays baseball (originally two words) under 1850s rules, using replica uniforms, bats, balls, bases, and other period equipment. The club faces other historically accurate opponents in the tri-state area and strives to stay true to the era they represent while maintaining a competitive presence on the field.

Players of any gender with an interest in history and/or baseball who are 18 or older should contact Captain Lawrence Major at [email protected] Previous baseball experience is preferred. You make do not need to live in Middlesex County.

The season opener will take place on Saturday, April 2 when the New York Mutuals take on the Liberty Base Ball Club at the Liberty Field in Piscataway.

They play their home games at the ground adjacent to the Old Town East Jersey Village in Piscataway. The Liberty face other historically accurate opponents ranging from Maine to Maryland, as well as four other New Jersey clubs, and strive to play strictly within the rules and customs of the era they represent while maintaining a competitive presence on the field.

The Liberty play home games at Liberty Field in the East Jersey Old Town Village, located at 1050 River Rd., Piscataway.

For more information on the Liberty Base Ball Club of New Brunswick, visit: https://arcg.is/1T55mG For the full schedule, find the club on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LibertyBBCofNB/

“Whether you’re a history buff or just love to play baseball, this is a great opportunity to play ball the way it was done in the 19th century,” said Middlesex County Commissioner Manager Ronald Rios .

Originally conceived in 1857, the Liberty Club exclusively played local New Jersey teams until the National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP, which they helped found) was formed in 1858. The Liberty played terrific clubs in the New York/New Jersey area, including the fearsome Atlantic Base Ball Club in Brooklyn and has established itself as a reputable and highly skilled club.

The onset of the Civil War saw Liberty members dispersed, but soon after the war ended they were back in the field. By the early 1870s, the Liberty had all but disappeared, but its legacy on the game of baseball, both nationally and in New Jersey, is well documented.

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