Marker recognizes Negro Leagues site

HAMTRAMCK (AP) - A former home of baseball's Negro Leagues has been recognized with a historical marker.

A ceremony took place last Thursday in honor of the installation of the marker at Hamtramck Stadium, where the Detroit Stars once played.

The group Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium has been raising money to repair the grandstand and field, estimated to cost $250,000 to $600,000.

The stadium in the Detroit enclave of Hamtramck was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012, and the Michigan Historical Commission approved a historical marker for the site.

The grandstand and field date to 1930 and are located in Veterans Memorial Park.

The Negro Leagues gave African Americans a chance to play professional baseball in an era when the majors excluded them.



Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014