About New Brunswick
New Brunswick joined the AAABA in 1960 and competed alongside fellow New Jersey teams from Clifton and Patterson. The first year was a winless affair for the Middlesex County Athletic Club, and New Brunswick lost in regionals to Clifton in 1961 and New York City in 1962.
Finally in 1963, the New Brunswick club won the franchise's first AAABA game over Philadelphia 19-4 at Engh Field. They then defeated intrastate rival New Jersey 7-2 before loses to Brooklyn and New Orleans. New Brunswick won at least 2 games in their next 3 tournament appearances, but managed only 3 combined wins in the 1970s. Larry Sporer's 1991 Edison Boys Baseball team finished 3rd at 4-2, but by 2001 the New Brunswick club was no longer competing in the AAABA.
In 2009, Glenn Fredericks brought his Matrix team to Johnstown as the first New Brunswick representative in 5 years and promptly made a name for themselves. With Baltimore suffering a rare loss in regionals, New Orleans was the far-and-away favorite to win the tournament, but the Matrix handed NORD a 5-4 loss on the opening day. The Matrix then defeated Columbus, Flood City, and Brooklyn to remain the lone undefeated team in the tournament for the first time in franchise history.
New Orleans re-established their dominace with a 14-0 mercy rule victory over the Matrix on Saturday. As a result, New Brunswick needed to win a double-header on Sunday to claim the title. They first re-defeated Brooklyn 6-2, but could not invigorate their offence against the Boosters and fell to New Orleans 9-0 in the finals. The next two seasons were not nearly as successful for the Matrix, who managed only 1 win in 5 games, including a rough 13-inning loss to Altoona in 2010.
In 2012, the New Brunswick Matrix won their first ever AAABA national championship by winning two games over then-undefeated Cleveland. It was the first time since 1965 that a franchise won its first championship and the first time since 1994 that none of the Big 4 franchises (Baltimore, New Orleans, Washington, Detroit) were represented in the final. It was also the first time the undefeated team lost both championship bouts since Washington beat Johnstown in 2001.