Paul here, giving Phil a well-earned Saturday break. Thought I’d take the opportunity to tell you about an interesting excursion I’ll be taking this afternoon.
Every year the National Trust for Historic Preservation issues its list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. As I mentioned a few weeks ago in the Ticker, this year’s list, which was released last month, includes a site that should be of interest to all of us: Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, New Jersey, one of the three remaining Negro Leagues ballparks.
Ironically, I’ve been making regular trips to Paterson for nearly a decade now (it’s where I like to go bowling, plus it’s smack in the middle of the New Jersey beefsteak scene), but I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t know about Hinchliffe until it showed up on the endangered places list. It’s pretty much been overtaken by weeds and vandals, as you can see in these photos, but it has a proud history that goes beyond the Negro Leagues. Football, Golden Gloves boxing, track and field — Hinchliffe has hosted all of these and more.
Since landing on the endangered list last month, Hinchliffe has been the subject of several articles. The New York Times published one while I was on vacation, and longtime Uni Watch contributor Dan Cichalski wrote one for MLB.com. I’ll be adding my own take on the situation for ESPN.com, which is why I’m planning to check out Hinchliffe for myself this afternoon. Brian LoPinto, who was born in Paterson and heads a local preservation group that’s been trying to save the ballpark, will be giving me a personal tour. Should be an interesting visit. Details to follow soon.
That’s it for me today, but feel free to talk amongst yourselves. Phil will be back with his usual smorgasbord tomorrow.