Celebrate the Owl Field Club, an all-Black athletic association founded in Newark, New Jersey in 1908. The organization was based at Morris Park in Newark and managed a heavyweight basketball team that played against top squads from the East Coast. Also known as the Owls of Newark, their games were always followed by music and dancing. The Owls' lineup included “Kirk” Marrow, Jim Fultz, and the VanDevere brothers, Clifford, and Arthur. The squad was “one of the fastest colored aggregations to be found in the State,” the Bridgewater Courier-News
reported in 1917, adding that opponents “will have a big task on their hands to defeat the Newarkers.” The Owl Field Club put Newark on the Black basketball map and helped inspire interest in the game among African American communities throughout New Jersey by continually expanding their competitive horizons beyond city and state lines.
52% combed and ring-spun cotton, 48% polyester, pre-shrunk, side-seamed construction, with shoulder-to-shoulder taping, crew neck with cover-stitched collar, and 2″ (5 cm) ribbed cuffs.
• Colors: Wood Brown, Sea Branch, White
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
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