Hamtramck Stadium

Historic Hamtramck Stadium is one of only five Negro League home ballparks still in existence. The grandstand and field are in Veterans Memorial Park on the south side of Hamtramck. The Stadium was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. In 2014, a State of Michigan Historic Marker was dedicated at the site. On January 12, 2017, Hamtramck Stadium was the recipient of a National Park Service African American Civil Rights Grant for pre-development planning.

SABR Detroit Chapter meeting, June 14, 2015

Charles Leerhsen, author of the award-winning 2015 biography Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty was the featured speaker at the Detroit chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research meeting on Sunday, June 14, 2015. Leerhsen took questions and signed copies of his book after he spoke.

SABR Detroit Chapter president Gary Gillette also spoke about Ty Cobb’s 1930 appearance at Hamtramck Stadium, when the Tigers’ superstar threw out the first pitch at the grand opening of the Negro League ballpark. Alexis Morris of Syracuse University discussed her thesis research about the Negro Leagues, the African-American community in Detroit, and how Black Baseball and the Detroit Stars aided in creating a sense of community for Great Migration blacks.

This meeting took place on Sunday, June 14, at the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle.