The Newark Bears were a minor league professional baseball team in the United States that was based in Newark, New Jersey. Later, they joined the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball. Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium was the site of the Bears’ home games. The team disbanded following the 2013 season.

History of baseball in Newark

From the inception of the Newark Indians in 1902 until the advent of the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League in 1936, Newark was home to a number of defunct minor league baseball teams. Also competing in 1915 was the Newark Peppers of the Federal League.

From 1926 to 1949, the original Newark Bears competed in the International League. They played their home games at the historic Ruppert Stadium in the area of Newark now known as Ironbound.

The Atlantic League’s Bears team

The Newark Bears are named after the International League’s defunct Newark Bears. Rick Cerone, a Newark native and former New York Yankees catcher, founded the new team in 1998. In that season, however, the Bears played their “home” games at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut, pending the development of their new stadium. In addition, the Bears played occasional home games at Skylands Park in Augusta during the first half of the 1999 season. Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark was inaugurated by the Bears on July 16, 1999.

The Bears have attracted outstanding players over the years. Ozzie Canseco played for the Bears in 2000 and 2001, while his brother José Canseco also contributed to the team in 2001. Rickey Henderson spent the first part of the 2003 season with the Bears and was awarded the Atlantic League All-Star Game’s Most Valuable Player. Subsequently, he was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he was released at the end of the season, and he returned to the Bears for the 2004 season. Also in 2003, José Lima began the season pitching for the Bears; after being signed away from Newark by the Kansas City Royals, Lima won his first seven decisions for the Royals. [2]

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Logos and uniforms

The Newark Bears went through three distinct logo and colour schemes. The franchise’s original colour palette was purple, black, and white. In the mid-2000s, the squad adopted a red, black, and white colour scheme. The club’s colours when it discontinued operations were navy blue and white. The primary logo consisted of a stylised bear clutching a baseball bat on a depiction of the Newark skyline atop a baseball diamond. The wordmark “Newark Bears” was centred at the base of the logo and included white accents and a black outline.

The Bears’ outfits had a conventional appearance. The home cap was entirely navy blue with a white block “N” in the middle of the front. The home jerseys were white with navy blue pinstripes, as is customary. The left breast prominently exhibited a navy blue block “N.” The road jersey was grey with a navy blue “Newark” wordmark diagonally centred on the front in cursive font. The Bears’ primary emblem appeared on both the home and away jersey sleeves. All Bears suits included navy blue belts and stockings.

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