Newark Bears

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The Newark Bears are an American baseball team located in Newark, New Jersey. They are a member of the Atlantic League and are affiliated with no Major League Baseball team. They play their home games at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark, New Jersey.

The Atlantic League Bears (1998-present)

The club is named after an earlier Newark team (see below). It was formed in 1998 by former New York Yankees catcher Rick Cerone, a Newark native. However, the Bears played their "home" schedule at HarborYard Stadium in Bridgeport, Connecticut that season while awaiting the completion of their new home field. In addition, the Bears played several home games during the first half of the 1999 season at Skylands Park in Augusta, New Jersey. The Bears inaugurated their new park in Newark on July 16, 1999.

Over the years, the Bears have succeeded in attracting star talent to their club. Ozzie Canseco played for the Bears in 2000 and 2001, and his brother Jose Canseco was with the team for part of 2001 as well. Rickey Henderson played the first half of the 2003 season with the Bears and was named most valuable player in the Atlantic League All-Star Game. He was subsequently signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but was released at season's end, and he returned to the Bears for 2004.

Season Results

Season Manager First Half Record Second Half Record
1998 Tom O'Malley 18-32, 5th place 17-33, 6th place
1999 Tom O'Malley 24-35, 5th place 31-29, 3rd place
2000 Tom O'Malley 38-32, 3rd place North 36-34, 4th place North
2001 Tom O'Malley 38-25, 1st place North 37-26, 2nd place North
2002 Marv Foley 36-27, 1st place South (tie) 33-28, 3rd place South
2003 Bill Madlock 32-31, 2nd place South 22-40, 4th place South
2004 Bill Madlock 27-36, 4th place South 36-27, 2nd place South

Post-Season Results

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The International League Bears (1926-49)

The Newark Bears were a team in the International League from 1926 to 1949. They played their home games at Ruppert Stadium in what is now known as the Ironbound section of Newark; the stadium was demolished in 1967.

Newark was a hotbed of minor league baseball from the time of the formation of the Newark Indians in 1902, and the addition of the Newark Eagles of the Negro National Leagues in 1936. A Federal League team, the Newark Peppers, played in 1915.

In 1937, as a farm club of the New York Yankees, the Bears featured one of the most potent lineups in baseball, including Charlie Keller, Joe Gordon, and George McQuinn, among others. Their legacy was ensured when, after trailing 3 games to 0, they won the last four games against the Columbus Red Birds of the American Association to capture the Junior World Series.

Following the 1949 season, the Bears moved to Springfield, Massachusetts. Their departure, and the folding of the Eagles a year later, left Newark without professional baseball for nearly 50 years, until the formation of the Atlantic League Bears (see above).

Season Results

Season Affiliation Manager Record
1926 None Fred Burchell 99-66, 3rd place
1927 None John Egan 90-77, 3rd place
1928 None Walter Johnson 81-84, 7th place
1929 None Tris Speaker 81-85, 7th place
1930 None Tris Speaker/Al Mamaux 80-88, 5th place
1931 None Al Mamaux 99-69, 2nd place
1932 Yankees Al Mamaux 109-59, 1st place
1933 Yankees Al Mamaux 102-62, 1st place South
1934 Yankees Bob Shawkey 93-60, 1st place
1935 Yankees Bob Shawkey 81-71, 4th place
1936 Yankees Ossie Vitt 88-67, 3rd place
1937 Yankees Ossie Vitt 109-43, 1st place
1938 Yankees Johnny Neun 104-48, 1st place
1939 Yankees Johnny Neun 82-73, 4th place
1940 Yankees Johnny Neun 95-65, 2nd place
1941 Yankees Johnny Neun 100-54, 1st place
1942 Yankees Bill Meyer 92-61, 1st place
1943 Yankees Bill Meyer 85-68, 2nd place
1944 Yankees Bill Meyer 85-69, 2nd place
1945 Yankees Bill Meyer 89-64, 2nd place
1946 Yankees George Selkirk 80-74, 4th place
1947 Yankees George Selkirk 65-89, 6th place
1948 Yankees Bill Skiff 80-72, 2nd place
1949 Yankees Buddy Hassett 55-98, 8th place

Post-Season Results

References

Johnson, Lloyd, & Wolff, Miles, eds., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, Second Edition, 1997, ISBN 0-9637189-8-3


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