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					                   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!

				
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