Newark Eurekas

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Eureka Baseball Club of Newark[edit]

The Eureka team was part of the NABBP in the 1850s and 1860s. The Eureka Club first began playing other members of the NABBP in 1860. They played at a field at Ferry Street and Adams Street in the Ironbound.

Players*[edit]

Name Position GP Hands lost A O Runs A O
Harry Northrup 1B 6 15 2-3 15 2-3
Edward R. Pennington 2B 10 29 2-9 30 3-0
C. Van Houton SS 7 27 3-6 14 2-0
Charles Thomas 3B 8 26 3-2 14 1-6
R. Davidson OF 9 24 2-6 25 2-7
T. Oliver OF 8 25 3-1 16 2-0
J. Collins OF 10 27 2-7 24 2-4
G. Rogers C 8 27 3-3 17 2-1
J. Linen P 10 31 3-1 22 2-2

Other players for the team in 1860 were H. Brientnall, A. Littlewood, E Benedict, P. Baldwin, E. Thomas, T. Price and R. Elsden. Brientnall played five games; Littlewood, three; Benedict, two; and the other four members played only in a single game during the season.

  • This roster is from the 1860 NABBP season.

Season by season[edit]

  • 1860

The Eurekas had the eleventh best win percentage and the eight most wins. They batted in the fifth most runs of any team at 213.

  • 1861

Newark only played one game against the Enterprise baseball club from Brooklyn and beat them 27-5.

  • 1862

Newark played only two games this season against ranked NABBP ballclubs. They lost to the Mutuals by one run and beat the Gothams by five runs.

  • Newark played three games this season: two against New York Clubs and one against the Athletic club from Philadelphia. The Eurekas beat the team from Philadelphia by two runs, but lost to the two New York clubs in August.
  • 1864

The Eurekas had the tenth best win percentage and the tenth most wins in the league, despite having the fifth lowest number of runs in the league. They won exactly half of the eight games that they played.

  • 1865

The Eurekas finished the season with the sixth best record and the sixth most wins with a record of nine and five. They also had the sixth best team runs batted in at 339 in their fourteen games.

  • 1866

The NABBP saw a lot of growth this season with nearly sixty teams, but Newark was still able to maintain an excellent standing, as they had the ninth most wins. The Eureka club was also in the top third for winning percentage. They had a nine and six record and batted in 446 runs in these fifteen games. This was the seventh most runs by a single team in the league in 1866. On August 28, seventeen-year-old Candy Cummings comes in for pitcher Asa Brainard of the Brooklyn Excelsiors, leading his team to a 24-2 win. Candy Cummings is said to be the first pitcher to throw a curveball and for his future performance in the National League was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • 1867

This was the first year the Eureka club really struggled during the season. They only won two of their ten games, giving them for the first time one of the worst winning percentages in the league, although there were nine team who didn't win a game in 1867. They had a reasonable number of runs batted in at 230, but was a small number for this team that had over two hundred more the prior season(only having played five more games).

  • 1868

The team only played four games this season and won half. They only drove in 77 runs for the four games.

  • 1869

The Eureka Club only participated in two games in 1869 and lost both, with margins of eight and nine.

Scores[edit]

Date Opponent Score Win/Loss/Tie Record*
June 7, 1860 Hamilton (JC) 18-35 Loss 0-1
June 29, 1860 Harlem 15-21 Loss 0-2
August 3, 1860 Harlem 34-18 Win 1-2
August 10, 1860 Brooklyn Enterprise 21-25 Loss 1-3
August 22, 1860 Newark Adriatics 34-6 Win 2-3
August 27, 1860 Brooklyn Enterprise 21-13 Win 3-3
September 14, 1860 Harlem 10-23 Loss 3-4
September 19, 1860 Newark Adriatics 12-12 Tie 3-4-1
September 26, 1860 Newark 28-14 Win 4-4-1
October 26, 1860 Belleville Baltics 20-24 Loss 4-5-1
July 10, 1861 Brooklyn Enterprise 27-5 Win 5-5-1
August 21, 1862 New York Mutuals 13-14 (10) Loss 5-6-1
August ?, 1862 New York Gothams 18-13 Win 6-6-1
June 20, 1863 Philadelphia Athletics 8-6 Win 7-6-1
August 11, 1863 New York Mutuals 7-13 Loss 7-7-1
August 31, 1863 Brooklyn Atlantics 15-16 Loss 7-8-1
July 4, 1864 New York Active 27-29 Loss 7-9-1
July 6, 1864 Brooklyn Atlantics 13-25 Loss 7-10-1
July 7, 1864 Princeton Nassua 24-12 Win 8-10-1
August 2, 1864 New York Mutuals 10-16 Loss 8-11-1
September 14, 1864 New York Active 11-10 Win 9-11-1
NA New York Empire NA Win 10-11-1
NA New York Empire NA Win 11-11-1
NA New York Mutuals NA Loss 11-12-1
June 12, 1865 Philadelphia Athletics 9-12 Loss 11-13-1
July 8, 1864 Morrisania Union 30-5 Win 12-13-1
July 24, 1865 Philadelphia Keystones 50-11 Win 13-13-1
July 31, 1865 New York Mutuals 12-27 Loss 13-14-1
August 8, 1865 Philadelphia Athletics 28-38 Loss 13-15-1
August 18, 1865 Brooklyn Atlantics 20-21 Loss 13-16-1
August 24, 1865 Newark Pioneers 12-5 Win 14-16-1
August 31, 1865 Brooklyn Atlantics 37-38 Loss 14-17-1
September 7, 1865 Morrisania Union 30-10 Win 15-17-1
September 14, 1865 New York Mutuals 20-19 Win 16-17-1
October 5, 1865 Newark Americus 85-12 Win 17-17-1
October 20, 1865 New York Active 6-3 Win 18-17-1
NA Newark Pioneers NA Win 19-17-1
NA Newark NA Win 20-17-1
May 31, 1866 Harvard 42-39 Win 21-17-1
June 12, 1866 Morrisania Union 26-28 Loss 21-18-1
June 22, 1866 Newark Americus 67-7 Win 22-18-1
June 28, 1866 New York Mutuals 13-24 Loss 22-19-1
July 10, 1866 Kearney 45-6 Win 23-19-1
August 14, 1866 Brooklyn Atlantics 36-10 Win 24-19-1
August 20, 1866 New York Empire 15-11 Win 25-19-1
August 27, 1866 Philadelphia Athletics 8-48 Loss 25-20-1
August 28, 1866 Brooklyn Excelsior 2-24 Loss 25-21-1
September 12, 1866 New York Active 24-9 Win 26-21-1
September 18, 1866 Morrisania Union 23-25 Loss 26-22-1
September 27, 1866 Brooklyn Atlantics 20-30 Loss 26-23-1
October 17, 1866 New York Active 44-12 Win 27-23-1
October 25, 1866 Brooklyn Atlantics 13-38 Loss 27-24-1
NA Kearney NA Win 28-24-1
NA New York Empire NA Win 29-24-1
May 16, 1867 Irvington 17-25 Loss 29-25-1
May 23, 1867 New Brunswick Stars 66-9 Win 30-25-1
June 12, 1867 Morrisania Union 12-26 Loss 30-26-1
August 6, 1867 Lansingburgh Union 21-42 Loss 30-27-1
August 14, 1867 Hartford Charter Oaks 35-9 Win 31-27-1
August 23, 1867 New York Mutuals 21-34 Loss 31-28-1
September 5, 1867 Brooklyn Atlantics 13-21 Loss 31-29-1
September 10, 1867 Morrisania Union 14-33 Loss 31-30-1
September 23, 1867 Brooklyn Excelsior 22-41 Loss 31-31-1
November 2, 1867 Irvington 9-22 Loss 31-32-1
May 28, 1868 Brooklyn Atlantics 8-45 Loss 31-33-1
June 24, 1868 Jersey City Champions 17-4 Win 32-33-1
July 9, 1868 Greenpoint Oriental 22-28 Loss 32-34-1
NA NA NA Win 33-34-1
September 19, 1869 New York Empire 6-14 Loss 33-35-1
October 3, 1869 New York Empire 0-9 Loss 33-36-1
  • Note - Based on games recorded in Marshall Wright's book.

References[edit]

Wright, Marshall. D. "The National Association of Base Ball Players, 1857-1870." Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc.: 2000. ISBN 0-7864-0779-4