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?

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41 Comments on "The Hoboken Baseball Monument"


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fastfreddy
4 years 4 months ago

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.

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wiskeytango1
4 years 4 months ago

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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ant
7 years 2 months ago

Private sector rules.

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wiskeytango1
4 years 4 months ago

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]

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bwe790
4 years 4 months ago

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..

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wiskeytango1
4 years 4 months ago

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]

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7 years 2 months ago

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

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moephab
7 years 2 months ago

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?

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7 years 2 months ago

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?