PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A dilapidated northern New Jersey stadium that once played host to legendary Negro Leagues baseball players is getting a boost for its restoration efforts.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation on Friday announced a $300,000 grant to help restore part of Paterson's Hinchliffe Stadium. The grant is from American Express and will be used to restore two original ticket booths.
Hinchliffe Stadium opened in the 1930s and hosted teams including the New York Black Yankees and New York Cubans. Eleven members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame played there, including the American League's first black player, Larry Doby.
Hinchliffe was the first baseball stadium to be named a National Historic Landmark in 2013. It also has been designated as part of Paterson's Great Falls National Historic Park.