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Rickey Before He Was Rickey, The 1978 Jersey City A’s

In Aug. 1978, I was hired to work in the Public Relations/Marketing department for the Double-A Eastern League. With three of the six league teams located within a 30 minute drive of my home in Connecticut and a fourth an hour away in Holyoke, MA, the job was a good fit for both parties. I could be in any one of the four cities at almost a moments notice, for any reason, and even the two remaining teams, in Jersey City, N.J., and Reading, Pa., were just a half a day away.


I had always been an Eastern League fan. As a kid, it was my only exposure to professional baseball, it was pretty awesome to see guys like Bobby Bonds, Richi...

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