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Mr. Baseball LLC Produces Wooden Baseball Cards for Hoboken Birthday Celebration

Alexander Joy Cartwright, IV, and CEO of Mr. Baseball LLC has produced Vintage Wooden Baseball Cards depicting his ancestor Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr., The New York Knickerbocker Baseball Team and Elysian Fields New Jersey. "These were made to honor the 150th celebration of Hobokenís founding," says Cartwright to a local sports celebrity.

The baseball cards are laser engraved out of Cherry Wood and represent the companyís first venture into Collectible Sports Cards. "The Hoboken Collection" will go on sale at http://www.mrbaseball.com starting May 1st and can be purchased separately or as a set.

In addition, Mr. Baseball LLC has produced a beautiful "Limited Edition" Cherry Wood plaque depicting Elysian Fields of 1846. These are limited edition and only 120 of these have been made and marked with the 150th Celebration emblem.

Hoboken, New Jersey celebrates their 150th Birthday this year and in so doing is having a birthday party all year long, but especially June 18-19th. During these days, a vintage baseball tournament will take place to honor the Grand Ole Game. Cartwright will be in attendance to present the city of Hoboken a very special gift honoring its baseball heritage.

Background:
In the mid-1800s, Alexander Joy Cartwright, Junior was the founder of the New York Knickerbocker Ball Club. Not only did he create the first organized baseball team, but he also designed the baseball diamond and specified the distance between the bases, along with other rules and regulations still in use today. Although Cartwright was only with the Knickerbockers for its first four years of existence, the club itself lasted until sometime in the 1870s. Cartwright caught Gold Fever in 1849 and ventured west. He became a kind of 'Johnny Appleseed' of baseball, teaching the game to settlers at frontier towns and Army posts, and even Indians along the way. He eventually traveled as far west as the Hawaiian Islands where he lived a notable life until his death in 1892.

His descendent, Alex Cartwright, IV has become another kind of 'Johnny Appleseed,' who has spoken at various events over the years representing his ancestor's legacy. His website, MrBaseball.com, devoted to the history of baseball, attracts interest from baseball enthusiasts from all over the world. He receives emails for his assistance with historical baseball references from publishers and literary agents, and even children who want help doing a school report. Last year, Mr. Cartwright created the Mr. Baseball Foundation to assist small community youth groups and to offer monetary assistance to the Cystic Fibrosis Society.

Source: Mr. Baseball LLC
Date: May 7, 2005

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