The current iteration of The Elizabeth Resolutes was conceived and built by Paul Salomone of Westfield, New Jersey. A lifelong baseball fan, Paul was introduced to vintage base ball after viewing a documentary on the subject in 1994, thinking “that was the coolest thing I ever saw”. Paul began researching teams that played in his local area of Union County, and found The Elizabeth Resolutes, basing his modern team on them. Researching and building the team in 1999, The Elizabeth Resolutes took the field again in 2000, playing consistently every season since. Paul was always outspoken on rules of the era, and how to accurately present the game as historically accurate as possible. Sadly, we lost Paul in November of 2020 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
Despite our devastating loss, The Elizabeth Resolutes continues in Paul’s memory and honor to accurately play vintage base ball. Our roster typically consists of 10 – 14 players from a variety of backgrounds and sporting experience, and we are always looking for new players to help bolster our team. Our home field at Rahway River Park is actually the far outfield of Softball Field #4, as play at the time did not have a pitcher’s mound or a dirt infield, playing on as level a grass field as possible. In our 21st season, we have started a partnership with The Merchants & Drover’s Tavern Museum in Rahway, New Jersey to help spread awareness of vintage base ball. The Merchants & Drovers is also pivotal in helping promote our annual Base Ball History Day, an all-day festival with numerous teams playing on multiple fields at Rahway River Park.