Hinchliffe's inclusion in Paterson park may give it new life

Hinchliffe's inclusion in Paterson park may give it new life


By:  Richard Cowen
The Record


Hinchliffe Stadium has weathered many storms, none of them more powerful than the political inaction that let the field that hosted so many Negro League baseball games fall apart after it closed in 1991.

Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and Paterson’s own hall-of-famer Larry Doby, all played at Hinchliffe during the 1930s and 1940s, an era when segregation deprived African-Americans of their chance for equal opportunity, and Negro League baseball thrived.

On Thursday, with Hincliffe’s once majestic façade still crumbling, politicians and preservationists gathered at the Paterson Museum to celebrate Congress’ recent vote to include the stadium as part of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, a move that will protect the landmark and promises to breathe new life into it. Adding Hinchliffe to the national park not only protects it from demolition, but puts the campaign to restore the field in the hands of the National Parks Service, an arm of the federal government.

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