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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

‘A magical place’: Hinchliffe Stadium, former Negro Leagues ballpark, being restored to its former glory

It’s a dilapidated, decaying stadium, overrun with weeds and graffiti, after years of neglect in Paterson, New Jersey.

Now, after lying vacant for 24 years, Hinchliffe Stadium is coming back to life.

Government officials, architects and baseball historians will gather at an emotional groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday to restore the 89-year-old stadium and a return of pride and dignity.

The stadium will resurrect memories of the old Negro Leagues where the New York Black Yankees and New York Cubans played. This is the site of the 1933 Negro League World Series called the Colored Championship of the Nation. It was where Paterson Eastside and Paterson Central High Schools played in the annual Thanksgiving Day game.

And is it the home of Paterson hero Larry Doby.

This is where Doby was discovered in a Negro League tryout with the Newark Eagles. He was the first player to go directly from the Negro Leagues to the Major Leagues on July 5, 1947, breaking the American League color barrier with Cleveland, just 11 weeks after Jackie Robinson integrated baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was inducted in 1998 into the Hall of Fame.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 13, 2021 at 01:08 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: April 13, 2021 at 03:13 PM (#6013233)
This is cool. This and Hamtramck are the only "major league" NGL stadiums remaining, though Rickwood is pretty special.

https://ballparkdigest.com/2020/06/15/ballparks-that-live-on-former-negro-leagues-ballparks/

https://www.mlb.com/news/negro-leagues-locations-to-visit
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 13, 2021 at 03:36 PM (#6013237)
Wait, what?? "New York" teams in New Jersey??
   3. Mayor Blomberg Posted: April 13, 2021 at 10:33 PM (#6013310)
#2 Fiorello, is that you?
   4. Mayor Blomberg Posted: April 13, 2021 at 10:40 PM (#6013311)
Hamtramck Park's also undergoing restoration; received a grant just shy of $500K last year
   5. DL from MN Posted: April 15, 2021 at 08:48 AM (#6013539)
Found this in the mlb.com article

The $94 million redevelopment project includes more than the stadium, which is part of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park -- making it the only ballpark
within the National Park System.


That alone is pretty cool. All sorts of parts of America have been represented by the National Park Service but this is the first ballpark.

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