“Field of Forgotten Dreams,” a great Preservation Magazine article on Paterson’s Hinchliffe Stadium
“There are times when I’ve been inside and I can faintly hear the roar of the Great Falls, and when I close my eyes, I can just imagine the roar of the crowds here during Negro League games,” says Brian LoPinto, cofounder of the nonprofit Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson. “I like to just sit here and imagine what it would have been like to attend the Colored Championship of the Nation, or to have been here the day Dizzy Dean came and pitched just 10 days after winning the World Series with the Cardinals. Or when Elmer McDuffy, a Negro League pitcher, threw a no-hitter here in 1935. It makes you wish you could … and go back in time.”
Read the terrific cover article in the Nov/Dec. issue of Preservation Magazine about Paterson’s historic – and rapidly deteriorating – Art Deco-style Hinchliffe Stadium, home for decades to the Negro Leagues baseball, local high school sporting events, boxing matches and lots of local memories.
Paterson Mayor Jose Torres (a PNJ Board member), an outspoken proponent of the stadium’s revitalization, has had productive talks with the new Paterson Schools superintendent, Donnie Evans, whose agency owns the empty stadium, according to the magazine article. Once an agreement is signed between the city and the School District, Mayor Torres plans to hold a referendum asking Paterson taxpayers for up to $15 million to renovate the stadium; he says he is optimistic it will pass.
Stay tuned; it’s a remarkable place with many many stories to tell, and with the designation of the new Great Falls National Historical Park, it presents a great opportunity for Paterson.
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