Hamtramck Stadium

Hamtramck Stadium (HM1YTH)

Location: Hamtramck, MI 48212 Wayne County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 23.407', W 83° 3.185'

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Side 1
After the Civil War, black and white baseball players could play on the same teams. But by 1900, black players were excluded from white professional leagues. More than 4,000 African Americans and Latinos played baseball in U.S. professional Negro Leagues while baseball was segregated. The Detroit Stars and the Detroit Wolves represented the city in four major Negro leagues. National Baseball Hall of Fame members who called Hamtramck Stadium home included Norman "Turkey" Stearnes, "Cool Papa" Bell and "Smokey Joe" Williams. Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson played on visiting teams here. In the 1930s, in addition to Negro league games, the stadium hosted community and scholastic baseball and football, midget car races and boxing matches.

Side 2
When the Negro National League was founded in 1920, one of its eight charter teams was the Detroit Stars, who played at Mack Park on Detroit's East Side. A 1929 fire damaged Mack Park, so owner John Roesink built Hamtramck Stadium in 1930 on land leased from the Detroit Lumber Company. The new stadium had a twelve-foot-high metal outfield fence, box seating, and bleachers down the right field line. In May 1930, some 9,000 fans attended the grand opening where former Detroit Tiger Ty Cobb threw out the first pitch. In June 1930, Michigan's first night baseball
game was played here: the Stars played the Kansas City Monarchs under a portable lighting system. In 2012, Hamtramck Stadium was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
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HM NumberHM1YTH
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
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Year Placed2014
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, June 8th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 331007 N 4695133
Decimal Degrees42.39011667, -83.05308333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 23.407', W 83° 3.185'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 23' 24.42" N, 83° 3' 11.1" W
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Area Code(s)313
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8740 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck MI 48212, US
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