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Jersey City Informer (reprinted with permission)
ST. GEORGE, NY – A van carrying the uniforms, bats, gloves and other equipment belonging to the Jersey City Snakes caught fire yesterday on JFK Boulevard in Bayonne on the way to a game in Staten Island. Snakes’ team officials said they were thankful no one was hurt but the van and its contents were completely incinerated in the blaze that caused massive traffic delays.
Waiting at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in Staten Island, the Snakes players and coaches learned at 5 p.m. they would be without any of their equipment for the 7:05 p.m. game.
The Staten Island Yankees graciously loaned the Snakes their road uniforms for the contest. As a result, fans at the game saw what appeared to be the Yankees playing against themselves. In the fifth inning, confused fans cheered Snakes’ slugger Dave Long’s two-run homer, but then quickly realized and booed.
Players from the Rahway Pop Warner League who had come to the game loaned the Snakes their gloves. The smaller mitts did not help the team’s fielding percentage with the Snakes committed 9 fielding errors on the day, leading to a 10-6 loss to the Yankees.
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