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.
FHHS launched its first online fundraiser on March 4, 2019, via the Patronicity.com platform. Video and details below.

Existing Negro League Home Ballparks

  1. Hamtramck Stadium. Also called Roesink Stadium in 1930s. Comprehensive preservation and renovation plan, mostly funded by 2017 National Park Service African American Civil Rights Grant, completed in 2018. New master plan being prepared for Hamtramck’s Veterans Memorial Park (which includes Hamtramck Stadium), funded by Ralph Wilson Foundation. Report due at end of 2019. Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium now raising money to restore field to playable status in 2019.
  2. Rickwood Field in Birmingham, AL. In full-time use as minor-league ballpark till 1987. Used for annual minor-league “Rickwood Classic” game by Birmingham Barons of Double-A Southern League, though 2017 Classic was not held while repairs were being made. Re-opened in 2018. Many scenes in baseball movies filmed here.
  3. League Park in Cleveland. The field, ticket offices, and part of grandstand wall remain. Field restored and reopened in 2014, but covered with artificial turf instead of grass. Site of Cleveland Baseball Heritage Museum.
  4. Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, NJ. Received National Historic Landmark status in 2014. Repairs to facade underway as efforts continue to find the estimated $25 million or more needed to fully restore the field and the grandstand.
  5. Red Cap Field in Jacksonville, FL Known as Durkee Field till 1985; now J.P. Small Memorial Park. Last renovated in 2006. Listed on National Register in 2013 under Joseph H. Durkee Athletic Field.

Former Negro League ballparks recently lost

  • Perry Stadium (1931-42) in Indianapolis. Called Victory Field 1943-67; then Bush Stadium. Last used for minor-league baseball in 1996. Grandstand gut-renovated into loft apartments in 2012; historic external facade nicely preserved along with part of outfield wall, but field was not restored and is not playable.
  • Red Bird (later Cooper) Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. In use as minor-league ballpark till 2008. Most of grandstand demolished in 2014. Field was scheduled to become auto racing track as part of new automotive technology center, but promised redevelopment failed and no new plan has been proposed.