Visiting Hinchliffe Stadium
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Hinchliffe Stadium is a stadium built in 1931 in Paterson, NJ. It is one of the few remaining buildings built for Negro League baseball, although it’s not in very good condition. The New York Black Yankees and the New York Cubans played home games here at one time. Players such as “Cool Papa” Bell, Josh Gibson, Monte Irvin, and Oscar Charleston played here and there have been boxing events and barnstorming tours and even Abbott and Costello acts.
It’s certainly a historic place, and while Wikipedia suggests fixes are incoming and there is a website dedicated to getting the stadium renovating, it remains in pretty poor condition. I actually work in the next town over so one day this week I drove over and took some pictures. I peeked through windows, leaned over fences and squeezed through a couple of gates. It’s an interesting place. Take a look.