The Hoboken Baseball Monument

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Hoboken Baseball Monument celebrates the “Birthplace of Baseball”

Now that baseball season is in full swing, I thought this was a good time to re-visit this post. Back in June of 2008 was the big hullabaloo over the restored baseball piece of rock monument at 11th & Washington Streets. A whole big presentation (along with funny Abbott & Costello impersonators). I shot a quick three-minute video of the “festivities.” Had fun with the video and added a classic Bugs Bunny baseball cartoon into the mix as well. Good times.

Do you ever brag to your friends that Hoboken is the “Birthplace of Baseball?”

6/19/2008 Update:

Get ready for the big ceremony today!

Of course, all this wouldn’t be possible without the effort put in by great people who do all the hard work (and not just cuiting ribbons). Such as Rick Repetti, Ricky “Bell” Belfiore, Jonathan, “Big Al,” Freddie Moret, and of course, the “voice” of the 11th Street Island Association, Margaret O’Brien!

Helmer’s will be giving away free soda and hot dogs as well!

Good times. Video later.

PHOTO GALLERY (HOLD MOUSE OVER IMAGE TO NAVIGATE – 5 PHOTOS IN THIS SET)

6/17/2008 Update:

Excitement is mounting as the beloved Hoboken baseball monument restoration has pretty much been completed! Good work, men, it looks brand new!

Fox 5’s Good Day New York was over at one particular bar/restaurant this morning giving them free publicity as well.

You might want to schedule a day off, as the “ribbon-cutting” event is scheduled for this Thursday, June 19th.

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hoboken baseball monument restoration
hoboken baseball monument restoration

5/13/2008:

Most of us have seen the precious Hoboken baseball monument at the intersection of 11th and Washington, signifying the “First organized game of baseball – June 19, 1846″ played on Elysian Fields.

Many Hoboken411 readers have asked “what’s the deal with the plaque on the Hoboken Baseball Monument over on 11th and Washington? Where is it? Was it stolen?”

Nope. It’s just slated to get “refurbished”… And apparently some baseball plaque ribbon-cutting/photo-op is going to take place on the “anniversary” on June 19, 2008. Whoo Hoo.

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What’s going on?

I’ve been trying to figure out what the current deal is with this monument.

The monument was created sometime in 1984. Above the proclamation, the plaque read “H.I.B.A.” (Hoboken Industry and Business Association), which I could find no reference to, and I believe eventually led to the current Hoboken Chamber of Commerce.

Many residents have noticed the plaque and monument had deteriorated over the years, and begged to have it restored. It fell on deaf ears. Until now (election campaigning beginning to pick up speed.)

Here is where I’m a bit confused. Now, it seems as if the Elysian Cafe is trying to get YOU, the residents of Hoboken, to pay for the restoration. They’re having some kind of $5 donation to “keep a Hoboken landmark looking good…” promotion. They’re also having a Mustache Contest, to “get in the spirit” of old school baseball styles.

While I think it’s nice to carry on the Hoboken baseball tradition (while having fun in the process, i.e., mustache contest), I’m not so sure the restoration should be on the shoulders of the residents. The original plaque was “donated” by the businesses, it should also be restored (and maintained) by the business in the area, as well as all over town.

Turning a famous historical tradition into a business opportunity, political maneuver and marketing event for one single business seems a bit shallow and selfish to me. Why not be fair, and get the other businesses in town to donate or “sponsor” the restoration as well? Then more than one business can “get credit” for the beautification. At the very least, Elysian Cafe (and other businesses) should “donate $1 per check” to the restoration process, instead of asking for donations.

Your thoughts?

41 Responses

  1. Reformerus_Gianticus says:

    It was probably Eugene Flynn’s idea but the Mayor as you know can’t resist a good ribbon cutting ceremony. Should we all wear sweater vests?

    Ames Crawford is the manager of the Elysian and he is probably most responsible for all the publicity. The mustache thing was his idea and the bartenders were featured in the NY Sunday Times as a tribute to baseball’s mustache mavens.

  2. 9 says:

    When is Rollie Fingers coming to Hoboken? 😀

  3. murph says:

    If Eugene and the Elysian recognized and acted upon the opportunity to repair a crumbling Hoboken landmark and donate a great deal of money to a worthy charity, good for them. Nobody else took the initiative, so let credit go where credit is due.

    Further, publicity for one business can be good for the entire area. If funny mustaches, an article in the NY Times or a feature on morning TV get a few more people thinking of Hoboken as a destination, maybe we’ll have a few more people walking down Washington and a few less small businesses being replaced by banks, national chains or nail salons.

    Knee-jerk condemnation of anything or anyone connected to Mayor Roberts, regardless the circumstance, seems petty and reflects poorly on the reform movement. Replacing the monument “made our community stronger” and did some good for disadvantaged kids.

    (Long-time reader, and this is my first comment. Hi everyone.)

  4. elainetyger says:

    The issue to me is that, with the budget deficit fiasco that resulted in large part from the mayor’s inaction, the mayor has no business ribbon-cutting, waving, or even smiling in public, because it shows a blatant contempt for the taxpayer. Let a business or a bunch of businesses do what they will, but leave the city and the mayor’s name and involvement out of plaques, festivals, parks, trees, etc etc etc — let them be seen breathing, eating, and crapping the budget and nothing but the budget until it is resolved one way or the other. Have some respect.

  5. ShhhDontTell says:

    Great job thanking the guys who do all the work. :mrgreen:

    I’ll be there today to listen for these names when the Mayor thanks everyone.

  6. kooky kat says:

    Why don’t they do this stuff on the weekends? For heaven’s sake…who will be able to be there? Who DOESN’T love a free hot dog!

  7. Red Haven says:

    [quote comment=”88812″]Great job thanking the guys who do all the work. :mrgreen:

    I’ll be there today to listen for these names when the Mayor thanks everyone.[/quote]

    Don’t hold your breath.

    Instead you’ll hear The Skipper go on and on about all the elected and appointed officials who show up. Then he’ll praise his Gilligan to help boost the receipts at Elysian and Amanda’s. 👿

  8. strand tramp says:

    clearly te mayor doesn’t want any of us working taxpayers there asking questions about budgets and such. it is for the voting BNR’s and “those people”.

  9. strand tramp says:

    i dare people to show up with signs asking where the budget is? is there a news truck to catch it?

  10. ShhhDontTell says:

    Eugene mentioned Ricky Repetti and his crew, and the crowd started cheering! The Mayor clapped. It’s something.

  11. kal-el says:

    it was a nice day for all and i’d like to thank everyone involved it was fun for all and the guys that did abbott and costello were hilarious !i think something like this is a step in the right direction it brings our small communitty a little bit closer. Hoboken little league is in playoff week ,so what great timing for them to do this .im very proud of what they did, i love the game of baseball ! AND THE PEANUTS WERE GOOD ALSO ! “PLAY BALL”

  12. elainetyger says:

    Yes, it brings together the small community of people who have nothing better to do on a weekday morning than provide a photo op for smiling crooked politicians. That is a small community of people who benefit from all their neighbors who are too busy working and earning the tax dollars that disappeared with the rabbit into the magic black hat. A small community of people whose votes can be bought for a bag of peanuts, a comedy routine, and the knowledge — wink wink nudge nudge — that they are very special people in a small community.

  13. uptown girl says:

    Maragret- How does one get in touch with or join the Hoboken Island Association?

    I have a friend who is a frustrated gardener and is looking for some earth to care for/tend/play in. Besides the HIA, does anyone know of any other places or groups?

  14. moephab says:

    I was walking my dog by this fiasco and she got hit by a bag of peanuts that was thrown out into the crowd. Who should I sue?

  15. Margaret says:

    Hey Uptown girl, you want a spot on the Island to plant. Call Alice Broquist, as she takes new people and gives them a spot.
    Please ..No tomatoes. I will be raising a small RAINBOW (that is what you call more than six) of BUTTERFLIES on the islands this year come AUGUST for SEPTEMBER (the ENTYMOLOGISTS dream time for RAINBOWS and BUTTERFLIES) and you might consider throwing a Butterfly bush into your design. ALice ‘s number is listed, she lives in the neighborhood.

    See you, and would like to meet you in person..When the Butterflies hatch would you like to feed a few and let them go?They will always return to where you let them go…

    Margaret

  16. ant says:

    Private sector rules.

    • wiskeytango1 says:

      debate goes on for years..It’s written that in medieval times some sort of baseball or rounders was played by everyone..in Europe.. No proof! The controversey stems untill today in regard to Abner Doubleday and Alexander Cartwright as who invented the game..Cartwright modified the game’s rules ..Another rumor or story has it that during this time Abner Doubleday was a Plebe at West Point in the mid 1800’s.. :roll: [quote comment=”89153″]Private sector rules.[/quote]

      • bwe790 says:

        Doubleday in no way shape or form invented baseball, he allowed his troops to play it while in the field. The game derives from rounders and the rules of baseball go back to the 1820s, most of it came from town ball and rounders transported from England. Doubleday is an urban legend. The only ties he has to baseball is the fact that the men serving under him during the Civil War were allowed to play it in camp, making it popular.[quote comment=”205809″]debate goes on for years..It’s written that in medieval times some sort of baseball or rounders was played by everyone..in Europe.. No proof! The controversey stems untill today in regard to Abner Doubleday and Alexander Cartwright as who invented the game..Cartwright modified the game’s rules ..Another rumor or story has it that during this time Abner Doubleday was a Plebe at West Point in the mid 1800’s..

        [/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        agreed..written stories claim doubleday was a plebe at west point in 1846..The civil war seems to match up with doubleday’s miliitery record..The game was not invented just modified by Cartwright..base distance,balls and strikes, throwing a ball at a runner to get him out..So much we really don’t know..Some say pitchers threw underhand.I bet lots of broken noses without a facemask.. 😛 [quote comment=”205830″]Doubleday in no way shape or form invented baseball, he allowed his troops to play it while in the field. The game derives from rounders and the rules of baseball go back to the 1820s, most of it came from town ball and rounders transported from England. Doubleday is an urban legend. The only ties he has to baseball is the fact that the men serving under him during the Civil War were allowed to play it in camp, making it popular.[/quote]

  17. fastfreddy says:

    Its a moot point . regardless of who invented baseball (Cartwright, Doubleday or the Brits) Cooperstown , not Hoboken, established itself as the birthplace of the sport. The early bird got the worm!
    Based on the way Hoboken (mis)manages its current business its not fit to handle any part of America’s past time!
    Could you imagine Hall of Fame induction day in Hoboken?….it would make Hoboken’s St Patty’s Day feel calm.

    • wiskeytango1 says:

      freddy apples and oranges…The difference if induction day was in Hoboken the inducties would call it bat day..Not the same as St Pats day…your right its a moot point. 😡 [quote comment=”205840″]Its a moot point . regardless of who invented baseball (Cartwright, Doubleday or the Brits) Cooperstown , not Hoboken, established itself as the birthplace of the sport. The early bird got the worm!Based on the way Hoboken (mis)manages its current business its not fit to handle any part of America’s past time!Could you imagine Hall of Fame induction day in Hoboken?….it would make Hoboken’s St Patty’s Day feel calm.[/quote]

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