The historic Hinchliffe Stadium can be found on Liberty Street in Paterson, New Jersey, 07522.
The Hinchliffe Stadium was built between 1931 through 1932. It was designed in Art Deco with Mission style themes by the architecture company the Olmsted Brothers. It was done in a large oval fashion with a layout of classical amphitheater style continuous seating. It was established under the persuing efforts of Mayor John Hinchliffe, after which the stadium was named.
The stadium was used by the Negro Legue and in 1933 the first complete season of baseball was hosted there, including the Coloured Championship of the Nation. For every year between 1934 and 1945 (except 1938), the New York Black Yankees made Hinchliffe their home stadium. Hinchliffe was also the home stadium for the New York Cubans from 1935 – 1936.
Some notable athletes like Larry Doby, Josh Gibson, Monte Irvin, Oscar Charleston and ‘Cool Papa’ Bell played at Hinchliffe Stadium.
Historic Hinchliffe also was home to events like the Diamond Gloves boxing, auto racing of midget cars and football.
Abbott and Costello, the Andrews Sisters and Duke Ellington performed at the stadium.
Hinchliffe began owned municipally and was often referred to as the ‘City Stadium’. The schools of Paterson took complete ownership in 1963. They began upgrades and repairs that were needed and enlarged the football field and the running track. It continued to host a large array of venues used by the city and schools. By 1983 more upgrades were added including storage facilities, new Astroturf field surface and handicap access.
Unfortunately, the Paterson school system began to decline and so did maintenance to the stadium. Hinchliffe began to fall in disrepair and was closed for use in 1997 and was threatened to be demolished. In 2002, the non-profit Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium announced a desire to find ways in which to restore the stadium, you can also donate to their cause. The Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium also made it possible to have the stadium placed as a National Historic Landmark in 2004. It was not put on the National Register of Historic Places because it was deemed only as ‘locally significant’ which hurt the funding efforts of Hinchliffe. It should definitely be on the National Register of Historic Places! In 2010, it was placed on the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2010 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
As of 2013 the Hinchliffe Stadium has been approved for renovations. Though this will take awhile as efforts have yet to begin the grant funded was a small amount to start with. The people of Paterson desire the stadium to be renovated and re-used. Go Hinchliffe!
Where is the dilapidated Hincliffe Stadium located? It can be found with these coordinates. 40.918493,-74.181423.
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