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.

Existing Negro League Home Ballparks

  1. Hamtramck Stadium. Sometimes called Roesink Stadium.
  2. Rickwood Field in Birmingham, AL. In full-time use as minor-league ballpark till 1987. Restored and now used for annual minor-league “Rickwood Classic” game. 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.
  4. Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, NJ. Now a National Monument. In planning stages for renovation.
  5. Red Cap Field in Jacksonville, FL Known as Durkee Field till 1985; now J.P. Small Memorial Stadium. Last renovated in 2006.

Former Negro League ballparks recently lost

  • Perry Stadium (1931-42) in Indianapolis. Called Victory Field 1943-67; now Bush Stadium. Last used for minor-league baseball in 1996. Grandstand gut-renovated into apartments in 2012; historical facade preserved.
  • Red Bird (now Cooper) Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.In use as minor-league ballpark till 2008. Now scheduled for partial demolition and conversion to an auto racing track complex.