Things just keep getting better and better for the historic Hamtramck baseball stadium.
Last week, officials from Wayne County, Detroit and Hamtramck, plus a host of special guests, were part of a rededication of the stadium.
The stadium has come a long way in recent years. Once the stadium’s historical past was discovered several years ago, the city began to receive several grants to renovate it.
The stadium’s grandstands have been repaired, and a new field was installed – and once again, baseball is being played there.
Its history is wrapped up in a dark period of the country, when African-Americans were not allowed to play in the all-white Major Leagues.
So, African-Americans formed their own league and quite frankly, boasted far superior players who made the game even more exciting.
Hamtramck Stadium was built in 1930 for the Negro League. The Detroit Stars played their home games there.
That era died when, in the 1950s, more and more African-Americans were hired by Major League teams. Unfortunately, the stadium slowly began to fall into disrepair.
It is now a jewel for the entire metro area to enjoy. Down the road, it is hoped more funding will come in to finish transforming the park to not only host baseball games, but also all sorts of sports competitions, as well as other entertainment such as live music.
The amount of love showered on the stadium over the past week was heartwarming, to say the least.
Here’s to many happy years for the stadium.
Posted July 1, 2022