Hamtramck Stadium to receive nearly $50k for facelift through a federal grant
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. Hamtramck Stadium will receive a facelift worth nearly $50,000 through a National Park Service grant approved on Thursday by the Wayne County Commission. Hamtramck Stadium is a historic ballpark where baseball Hall of Fame members Turkey Stearnes, Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige and many other Negro League legends once played. The grant involves no county money and is provided through the park services African American Civil Rights of the 20th Century grant program. The stadium was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. The Friends of Hamtramck Stadium, a local organization, has formed to help finance additional renovations at the site.
Rock star Jack White takes field in charity ballgame to benefit historic Hamtramck Stadium
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. Detroit native rock star Jack White is usually on stage, but Thursday afternoon he hit the field in a charity baseball game benefiting the historic Hamtramck Stadium. The game brought together a group of locals, dubbed the Motor City All-Stars, to play against the Dallas-based Warstic Woodmen. The goal is to raise enough money to renovate the stadium and bring it back to its former glory. Hamtramck Stadium is one of only 12 remaining Negro League baseball stadiums. For more information on the historic stadium and to find ways to donate, visit the official Facebook page here or the official Hamtramck Stadium blog here.