11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Year Listed: 2010
Location: Paterson, New Jersey
Threat: Deterioration, Neglect
On a bluff above the Great Falls National Historical Park in Paterson, N.J., Hinchliffe Stadium, one of only three remaining Negro League stadiums in the country, stands vacant and dilapidated.
Designed by the architectural firm Fanning & Shaw and built with public funds at the start of the Great Depression, the 10,000-seat, poured-concrete Art Deco stadium was once the pride of Paterson.
Starting in 1933, the New York Black Yankees played home games here for more than a decade, losing the Colored Championship of the Nation to the Philadelphia Stars that same year. Some of the Negro League's brightest stars, including the legendary Hall of Famer Larry Doby, who tried out for the Newark Eagles at Hinchliffe and became the first African American to sign with the American League, played on Hinchliffe's hallowed field.
A beloved community landmark, Hinchliffe also played host to automobile and motorcycle racing, pro football games, and high caliber amateur boxing attended by celebrities from Babe Ruth to Joe Louis and Lou Costello. Currently owned by the Paterson Public Schools, Hinchliffe has been closed since 1997 and is dangerously deteriorated.