Category Archives: Small Fry League

Ron Kuboski Takes a Look Back

by Ron Kuboski South Plainfield in the 1950’s reflected small town America … our version of The Wonder Years. Walk or ride your bike anywhere. Get together with friends—stick ball, hide and seek at night, ice skating in winter. And, like much of America, sports were part of our daily activities, and during the summer […]

1959 Opening Day S&H article

We’re lucky enough to have an S&H Green Stamp publication intact from 1960.  Opening Day 1959 in the Small Fry “A” League saw a Cubs vs. Braves matchup at Pitt Field following the opening ceremonies. S&H Green Stamps sponsored the Cubs that year, and S&H featured a center spread devoted to the South Plainfield Small […]

(video) 1960 Small Fry and Pony League action

1960 Small Fry “B” and Pony League action This snippet of film starts with a look at the B League Orioles and Reds. This is taken at the ball field behind Our Lady of Czestochowa Church. At the 1:25 mark we switch over to Pitt Field for a Pony League game between the Giants and […]

(video) 1956 Small Fry and Pony League action

Our next video up shows some Small Fry and Pony League action. I think this is 1956. It starts at Franklin Field with a game that looks to be between the Small Fry Yanks and Braves. Franklin Field, long gone and now resting comfortably under a housing development, was on the corner of Grant and […]

(video) Opening Day for Small Fry Baseball: 1956

This is our first stab at adding some video to our Small Fry Baseball website, so a little background is in order. Like a lot of families in the 50s and 60s, our parents took some home movies. When my brother Kevin decided to transfer these old reels to VHS back some years ago, it […]

Reader Contribution Page

On this page we’ll post all the pictures, newspaper articles and stuff we get sent to us by friends of the South Plainfield Small Fry baseball site. Hopefully our readers can help us fill in some of the names and add pertinent information as we go along. Thanks for any and all help and feedback. […]

South Plainfield Ballfields Revisited

Rocky and I took a trip down memory lane in September 2013, and visited as many of the old Small Fry ballfields as we could find. Here are some photos: Early on the ballfields available for the Small Fry League were Franklin Field, Borough Park, Mildred St Playground and the Park Avenue Playground. Franklin Field […]

A Side Note on Playing Fields…

Landowner Fred Trabilcy generously allowed the Recreation Commission and Small Fry Baseball use of the Franklin Ave Field for some years in the 1950s. For a town with almost no playground facilities, this was a huge help. After all, it was the lack of a ball field that scuttled the Rotary Club’s attempt a few […]