Discover / Hinchliffe Stadium
Save a National Treasure
REGION: Northeast
LOCATION:
Paterson, NJ
TYPE: Building
Hinchliffe Stadium was built by public funds during the Great Depression. | Photo: Melissa Murphy
Hinchliffe Stadium was built by public funds during the Great Depression. | Photo: Melissa Murphy
Opportunity
Stabilize Hinchliffe Stadium, beginning the work to return it to use as a fully-rehabilitated community asset.

Overview

Hinchliffe Stadium is one of the few remaining stadiums in the country associated with Negro League baseball. Built by the city from 1932-33 and owned by the Paterson Public Schools since 1963, it was closed in 1996 and fell victim to neglect and vandalism. In its heyday, the stadium hosted professional baseball and football games, high school athletic contests, auto racing, and rock concerts.

National Significance

Built of cast concrete in the Art Deco style, Hinchliffe Stadium is where Paterson Eastside High School athlete Larry Doby was discovered by the Newark Eagles in 1942. He went on to break the color barrier in the American League. The New York Black Yankees called this stadium home for 12 seasons. If informed by a preservation plan, stabilization work on this stadium could provide lessons for the rehabilitation of similar historic structures.

Campaign Goals

  • Develop and implement a community-based plan of action for the stabilization of Hinchliffe Stadium.

Ways To Help

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Posted on April 02, 2014

Jessica Pumphrey Written by Jessica Pumphrey, Team Member

As the country continues to celebrate Major League Baseball’s opening day, we thought it appropriate to show our appreciation for MLB’s continued commitment to telling the story of Negro League Baseball and its impact on our nation.  MLB Hall of Famer, Larry Doby was one of many former negro league players who perfected their game at Hinchliffe Stadium. Doby and others took to the field in Paterson, bringing the community together and shining a light on sports in our country during a time of segregation.
 
Take a video tour of the MLB’s Negro League Baseball Museum which is located in Kansas City, Missouri.

Posted on March 25, 2014

Written by Brent Leggs, Project Manager for Hinchliffe Stadium National Treasure

To honor Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby, the Hinchliffe Stadium Steering Committee will hold an all-volunteer community event on Wednesday, April 16th at Hinchliffe Stadium. We need between 300-500 volunteers to help paint the stadium to remove the graffiti and give new life to Paterson’s field of dreams. We have a full day planned and the run of show is below.

Volunteer registration begins at 9:00 a.m.

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. National Historic Landmark ceremony
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Paint Group A paints 1st coat on Hinchliffe Stadium
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 7th Inning Stretch Event (Q/A with Negro League player/historian & Community photograph with all volunteers and attendees)
  • 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Paint Group B paints 2nd coat on Hinchliffe Stadium
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Clean up
  • 4:00 p.m. – End

Once volunteers sign up, they will be assigned to paint groups of 40 volunteers. Each group is named after a former Negro League team. For attendees not painting, come and enjoy the free food and t-shirts, car show, information booths, a social media corner, art projects, an oral history booth to collect personal stories, and more. 

This project celebrates Hinchliffe Stadium’s significance as the only National Historic Landmark in baseball and the thousands of forgotten players, coaches, owners, umpires, and administrators from the Negro Leagues. Be part of the effort to save history!

Please check back often for additional updates on Hinchliffe Stadium. Also, donate today to support the National Trust's ongoing work at this National Treasure.

Posted on February 28, 2014

Jessica Pumphrey Written by Jessica Pumphrey, Team Member

On February 12, we ventured to Paterson, New Jersey to meet with our partners and other key city officials to discuss details of the April 16 community clean up event (see photos below).  Plans to honor the memory of Larry Doby and others at Hinchliffe are well underway and we are excited to continue our collaboration efforts with the City of Paterson, Board of Education, and the Friends of Hinchliffe.

Check back for more details on the event and YOU can lend hand! To donate to the Hinchliffe Stadium National Treasure, click here.

     

Posted on February 26, 2014

Written by Brent Leggs, Project Manager

Major League Baseball is celebrating its leadership role in the integration of professional sports with “Jackie Robinson Day” on April 15th. Jackie Robinson integrated baseball in 1947 with the National League’s Brooklyn Dodgers. Nearly three months later, Larry Doby would also break baseball’s color barrier when he joined the American League’s Cleveland Indians.

To commemorate Robinson and Doby, the National Trust, the City of Paterson, and the Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium will hold an all-volunteer community event on Wednesday, April 16th at Hinchliffe Stadium.

As a co-sponsor, the National Trust is launching a new initiative to introduce the preservation field to a wider audience and protect historic places. Named "HOPE Crew" for “Hands-On-Preservation-Experience,” the Hinchliffe project has the potential for an estimated 500 volunteers of all ages to paint the interior of the stadium. The effort will remove the graffiti and give new life to the vacant structure.

To learn more about Larry Doby’s impact on major league baseball and to see a clip of his Hall of Fame Induction speech, check out this article by Fox Sports that ran earlier this month.

Be sure to check back for more information on how YOU can lend a hand in the restoration of Hinchliffe Stadium!

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Cal Ripken, Jr., National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 05, 2012
Hinchliffe Stadium’s role in the Negro Leagues and the legendary players who played there are not just significant to the history of baseball, but to the history of segregation, race relations and the integration of society in the United States. It deserves the opportunity to be restored into a place where tomorrow’s youth will be able to walk in the footsteps of yesterday’s legends, and experience the history of the country first-hand.
Brian Lopinto, Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium, Paterson, NJ on July 05, 2012
Growing up two blocks away from where over 20 baseball Hall of Famers played is a baseball fan's dream. While there are artifacts that pertain to the Negro Leagues at the baseball Hall of Fame, Hinchliffe Stadium is where the games were played. It is a tangible piece of African-American history.

Campaign Overview

Threat: Neglect
Funds Secured:
$ 87,000
Fundraising Goal: $ 130,000
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