Included in the first look at the 1855 season was a portion of an article from the Newark Daily Advertiser (August 11, 1855) which discussed the growing popularity of "The manly game of Base Ball" in Newark. Cut off from the article was the report that the Newark Club had enjoyed an evening boat trip to the "Fishing Banks" which was part and parcel of the social aspects of early base ball clubs. Perhaps prompted by this report, the Friendship Club tried a similar excursion the following week, but with far less pleasant results as reported by Advertiser (August 18, 1855)
Excessive drinking was apparently a hot issue in Newark as the following article complains of the "intolerable nuisances" of some "Lager-Bier Saloons in Green Street" with a recommendation of summary justice similar to the above the suggestion that rowdies on future cruises be thrown overboard. Although the Friendship Club is mentioned several times as one of Newark's first base ball clubs, to date, no record has been found of their playing a match. One possibility is that like the Oriental Club they changed their name and became the Empire Club which is not mentioned in early articles, but did play some 1855 matches.
A Manly Pastime is going to take a brief respite, returning in about a week. Next up will be a series of posts using the minute book and by-laws of the Hamilton Club of Jersey City to explore different aspects of early New Jersey base ball clubs. Research and analysis is also underway on how the game developed in Newark through the end of 1860 which is part of a larger study of how the game developed and spread throughout New Jersey.