Good things continue to happen to Hamtramck, despite our occasional bumps in the road.
Detroit rock and roll star Jack White is donating $10,000 in the effort to renovate the field at the historic baseball stadium here in town.
The Piast Institute and the Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium hope to raise at least $50,000 through an online fundraiser.
Although White grew up in southwest Detroit, he has a special liking for both Hamtramck and baseball.
His band the White Stripes first began playing here in the now defunct Metro Times Blowout festivals.
He still stopped by, even when the White Stripes struck it big. We remember seeing him frequenting Henry the Hatter when it was still operating here in town.
A big thanks goes out to Jack for his support.
The Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium have some mighty ambitious plans for the stadium.
We are awfully lucky to have these volunteers, dedicating themselves to restore this stadium.
It is only one of a handful of stadiums still surviving from the Negro League baseball era.
Many legendary players graced that field back in the 1930s when, shamefully, black players were not allowed to play in the all-white major leagues.
It is hoped that baseball will one day return. There are plans to turn the site into a multi-sport facility, and also serve as a host for other types of entertainment offerings.
Which could make it into a huge destination location, and a major boost for Hamtramck’s economy.
Check out the patronicity.com site to help bring this stadium back to life.
And again, a big thanks to Jack White for lending a helping hand.