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.
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.
- Develop and implement a community-based plan of action for the stabilization of Hinchliffe Stadium.
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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.
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!
With the Super Bowl right around the corner, everyone is looking for things to do in northern New Jersey while they wait for the big game. One of the recommendations from the Associated Press is Hinchliffe. In an article first spotted on Yahoo! Sports, reporter David Porter says:
“Nearby is Hinchliffe Stadium, a national landmark and once-grand Art Deco stadium that in its heyday was filled to capacity for Negro League baseball games featuring future Hall of Famers Larry Doby and Monte Irvin and teams like the New York Black Yankees, the New York Cubans and Newark Eagles.”
Written by Brent Leggs, Project Manager
Wank Adams Slavin Associates (WASA Studio) based in NYC has prepared an interim report on the partial rehabilitation and stabilization of historic Hinchliffe Stadium and athletic field. WASA was hired by the City of Paterson to provide materials and geotechnical testing, environmental analysis, and a design proposal for reuse options.
Ten test borings were drilled with more field work expected soon. The borings were advanced to depths between 2.5 to 37 feet below the existing grade. Their early findings reveal that the cost for materials and installation of a new synthetic surface field is estimated to be $1,200,000. The projected cost for a new rubberized track surface is estimated to be $300,000. The final report will be completed by the end of February.
The project remains on schedule and we anticipate construction will begin in the fall. Stay tuned.
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. - See more at: http://www.savingplaces.org/treasures/hinchliffe-stadium
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.