Wednesday, June 27, 2018

City of Hamtramck releases new pre-development plan for Hamtramck Stadium

June 27, 2018

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. The City of Hamtramck released yesterday a draft of the SmithGroupJJR pre-development plan for historic Hamtramck Stadium. The draft is close to final; however, it is currently being reviewed by the National Park Service and is subject to revision.
Located in Veterans Park, the Hamtramck Stadium field is currently being used for community cricket, soccer, and other recreational activities, but the condition of the diamond itself isn’t yet suitable for baseball. The historic grandstand, which hasn't been used since the 1990s, is currently closed to the public.
Hamtramck Stadium was built in 1930. The stadium was home to the Negro National League Detroit Stars in 1930-1931 and again in 1933. The field was also home to the Detroit Wolves of the Negro East-West League in 1932, and to the Negro American League Detroit Stars in 1937. 

Baseball historian and ballpark expert Gary Gillette has identified at least 18 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown who played or managed Negro League games in Hamtramck. They include Detroit’s own superstar slugger Norman “Turkey” Stearnes, as well as immortals like Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson. Gillette is the founder and president of the Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium as well as the founder and president of the Detroit Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research.
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Hamtramck Stadium Pre-Development Report.pdf

About FHHS
Founded in 2012, the Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium is a Michigan nonprofit organization. FHHS is devoted to restoring and preserving historic Hamtramck Stadium and ensuring its future through educational, cultural, and recreational programming honoring the history of Negro League Baseball and amateur sports in Hamtramck and Detroit.
In addition to getting Hamtramck Stadium listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Friends installed a State of Michigan Historic Marker for the Stadium in Hamtramck’s Veterans Park in 2014. In 2017, the Friends provided the historical research used by the City of Hamtramck to obtain an African American Civil Rights Grant from the National Park Service.

For more information about Hamtramck Stadium, email us at HamtramckStadium@gmail.comvisit us on Facebook, or go to

The Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium are proudly affiliated with the nonprofit Piast Institute, of Hamtramck, Michigan, which serves as our fiduciary. 
To make a tax-deductible donation and help support the renovation of Hamtramck Stadium, click here.

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