Historic Negro League baseball stadium gets $300,000 restoration grant

A dilapidated northern New Jersey stadium that once hosted legendary Negro Leagues baseball players and was recently named a National Historic Landmark is getting a boost for its restoration efforts.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced Friday that Paterson’s Hinchliffe Stadium will receive a $300,000 grant through a program sponsored by American Express.

The grant will be used to restore two original ticket booths at the 83-year-old stadium, which has fallen into disrepair since it closed in the late 1990s.

Hinchliffe Stadium opened in the 1930s and hosted teams including the New York Black Yankees and New York Cubans.

Eleven members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame played there, including Larry Doby, the American League’s first black player.

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