HAMTRAMCK (AP) — Plans are underway to restore a Detroit-area ballpark that once was home to Negro Leagues professional baseball teams.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. says a crowdfunding campaign has been launched for Hamtramck Stadium. Organizers want to update the stadium for baseball, soccer, cricket and other community uses.

Former Negro League Baseball Player Eugene Scruggs is honored prior to the start of the game.

The campaign is being offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity. If it reaches its goal of $50,000 by April 2, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Public Spaces Community Places program.

Hamtramck Stadium is one of the few remaining ballparks used by separate Negro Leagues before Major League Baseball integrated in 1947. It was built in the Detroit enclave of Hamtramck in 1930 and was home to three Negro Leagues teams.

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  1. Ted Zaydel says:

    Hamtramck Stadium served as the home for four high school teams for almost 50 years. Hamtramck’s Pony and Colt league baseball teams used the stadium for an equal amount of time. The stadium supplied a venue for concerts, city and political events, Under the stadium there were tennis and ice skating offices . Rather than heralding all the events that were at the stadium we hear only about the three (3) years in the 1930s that the negro leagues used the facility.

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