The Elizabeth Resolutes played base ball in New Jersey between 1866 and 1878. In 1870 the Resolutes compiled a 14 - 11 record, establishing themselves as one of the finest amateur base ball clubs in New Jersey. The Resolutes competition was not only against other New Jersey clubs, but also included some of the finest clubs from New York, such as the Atlantic, Star, and Eckford clubs from Brooklyn. They also played the New York Mutuals and Cincinnati Red Stockings. No matter the outcome of those games, the Resolutes were often recognized as formidable competition. On November 11, 1870 the Resolute club won the state championship of New Jersey by besting the Amateur club of Newark by the score of 28 -17. Through 1872 the Resolutes were very successful as an amateur base ball club. They won the state championship again in 1872 beating the Champion club of Jersey City. The Resolutes' games were very often covered by the major New York newspapers, such as the Times and the Herald.
After the 1872 season the Resolute club made the decision to become a professional base ball club. They would pay the ten dollar membership fee and join the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players for the 1873 season. The NAPBBP was the first professional organization of base ball clubs in American history and existed from 1871 through 1875. The Resolutes were New Jersey's first and only representative in the NAPBBP, but their membership was short lived. The Resolute club compiled a 2 - 21 record and disbanded in late July of 1873, failing to finish the season. The club was regularly maligned by the Elizabeth Daily Journal, the venerable local newspaper which reported on the Resolutes' bad habits both on and off the field.
The present day Elizabeth Resolutes were founded in 2000 by Paul Salomone. The Resolutes played by 1873 rules at that time. From 2006 through 2009 the club reformatted and played by 1891 rules, recreating the Elizabeth Athletic Club.The Resolutes returned to earlier base ball in 2010 and began to play by 1870 rules to commemorate the championship season of that year. We continue to play our home matches in 1870 rules at Rahway River Park in Union County, New Jersey. The Resolutes are the first nineteenth century rules base ball club in New Jersey, and the only base ball club in New Jersey that plays by the actual rules of the club we have recreated. The Resolutes have helped to further nineteenth century base ball research by introducing 1870, '73, and '91 rules into regular match play. We are currently forming a second historically factual club that played in Plainfield, New Jersey during the 1870's, the Central Base Ball Club.
The Elizabeth Resolutes also compete against other base ball clubs from the Northeast that recreate base ball in an historically accurate manner. We are traveling between Rhode Island and Delaware during the 2016 season, and will play base ball by the rules of 1864, 1866, and 1884, as we visit the clubs whose history is reflected in those years.
If you are a base ball player who is interested in playing our national pastime using the rules, equipment, and uniforms of the mid-nineteenth century, please contact the captain, Paul Salomone, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 908 - 337 - 9882.