World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article
 

Newark Peppers

Newark Peppers
Location
Ballpark
Year founded 1914
Year disbanded 1915
League championships 1 (1914)
Former name(s)
  • Newark Peppers (1915)
  • Indianapolis Hoosiers (1914)
Former league(s)
Colors

Royal blue, white, red

              
Ownership Harry Ford Sinclair
Manager Bill Phillips

The Newark Peppers, originally known as the Indianapolis Hoosiers, were a Federal League baseball team from 1914-1915.[1][2] The Federal League (FL) was a third major league during its brief existence.

When the Federal League opened for business in 1914 as a challenger to the two major leagues, one franchise was placed in Indianapolis, Indiana. Primarily owned by oil magnate Harry F. Sinclair,[3] this team won the Federal League championship in 1914 with an 88–65 record. The team played at Federal League Park. The team's roster included future Baseball Hall of Fame members Edd Roush and Bill McKechnie.

Although the FL had placed a team (the Tip-Tops) in Brooklyn, from the outset Federal League officials felt they could more effectively compete commercially against the American and National leagues by placing a team in Manhattan. All attempts were effectively blocked by principals of the two existing Manhattan teams (the New York Giants and the New York Yankees). Federal League executives decided to relocate the Indianapolis franchise to a major city in the New York metropolitan area, and Newark was chosen. Although the team was christened the Newark Peppers[4] (and called "The Peps" for short), the team actually played at Harrison Park, in the town of Harrison, New Jersey, across the Passaic River from downtown Newark. (As part of the franchise transfer, Indianapolis outfielder Benny Kauff, who was the Federal League batting champ in 1914, was placed with the Tip-Tops.)

Along with Roush and McKechnie, notable players on the Peppers included pitchers Ed Reulbach and Cy Falkenberg.

The team finished in 5th place with a won–loss record of 80–72. The Peppers were disbanded when the Federal League went out of business after two seasons.

Team infielder Rupert Mills "played" the non-existent 1916 "season." A clause in his 1915 contract guaranteed him a salary for the following year as long as he continued to show up at the park, suited and ready to play for the team. Mills fulfilled his contractual obligation, coming to the empty park each day and performing a physical workout to remain in playing condition. Mills, who was born in Newark, was also the only native Jerseyan on the team.

The Peppers were the only major league baseball franchise in New Jersey besides the Elizabeth Resolutes, who played half of the 1873 season in the National Association (the precursor to the National League). The Brooklyn Dodgers played seven "home" games (one against each N.L. rival) in Jersey City in 1956 and 1957.

See also

References

  1. ^ The Federal League of Base Ball Clubs, by Robert Peyton Wiggins, published by McFarland, 2009
  2. ^ The Federal League of 1914–1915: Baseball's Third Major League, by Marc Okkonen, published by SABR, 1989
  3. ^ Hoosiers article at Everything2
  4. ^ Chicago Tribune May 11, 1915, page 11 "The Whales fairly knocked the cover off the ball, easily defeating the Newark Peppers by the score of 10 to 5"]

External links

  • 1914 Indianapolis Hoosiers at Baseball Reference
  • 1915 Newark Peppers at Baseball Reference
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.