Fading to Black: Hamtramck Stadium Home of Detroit Stars, 1930-31 and 1933 Home of Detroit Wolves, 1932 One of Only 5 Remaining Negro League Home Ballparks HAMTRAMCK STADIUM Grandstand and Field – 2010 Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck Do they look the same? HAMTRAMCK STADIUM Rear of Grandstand From Dan Street - 2010 Keyworth Stadium today Note artificial turf KEYWORTH STADIUM Lighting added in 1948. Note WPA 1936 credit on right. TURKEY STEARNS The greatest player to play most of his career with the Detroit Stars. Worked until retirement for Briggs Manufacturing—how ironic! HAMTRAMCK Michigan A unique ―Suburb‖ within Detroit HAMTRAMCK STADIUM Site Where Dan Street meets Veterans Park HAMTRAMCK STADIUM Aerial View North of GM Poletown Plant DODGE MAIN – 1980 Hamtramck Stadium And Keyworth in center Middle ground ―Mack Park‖ DETROIT STARS Team picture in 1920s Detroit Street Car Map 1941 Baker Line – Southwest Detroit/Dearborn (Ford Rouge Plant) through downtown and north to/through Hamtramck Baker Line route The Baker Line was one of the longest in Detroit, running from Dearborn on the west to Hamtramck/North Detroit on the east. SANBORN MAP THE DETROIT NEWS 1930 photo The Key to the Story March 1941 photo of Hamtramck Stadium ceremony—probably the formal groundbreaking for the city’s new ―recreation Center‖ Behind 3B Grandstand Work on ice rink Just west of Stadium FDR visits Hamtramck In 1936 for the Grand Opening of Keyworth Stadium HINCHLIFFE STADIUM Paterson, NJ HINCHLIFFE STADIUM Ticket office windows HINCHLIFFE STADIUM ―Field‖ and Grandstands HINCHLIFFE STADIUM Bleachers Dequindre Park Aerial photo of site of Dequindre Park in Detroit, just north of Hamtramck A Legend Poses in Detroit Jack Robinson helping out Detroit semi-pro team by appearing at 1947 game Top Half of 1947 Ad Promoting Robinson’s appearance at Dequindre Park. Note the re-use of the name ―Detroit Wolves‖ Bottom Half of 1947 Ad Note how early in October this was— after the Dodgers had lost a seven-game World Series to the Yankees! Detroit Pioneer Ozzie Virgil Sr. in Detroit Clubhouse in 1959 Ozzie Virgil On the field wearing the Olde English D THE END? Or a New Beginning? Save Hamtramck Stadium!