Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson has a storied history. One of few stadiums in the country with links to Negro League baseball that’s still standing, in 2013 it was named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Negro League greats such as Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, Leroy “Satchel” Paige, and Paterson’s own Larry Doby, who helped break baseball’s color barrier, all played there. Opened in 1932, the long-dilapidated stadium is the focus of multimillion-dollar redevelopment plans. When he took office in July 2018, Paterson’s Mayor André Sayegh said remaking Hinchliffe would be one of his priorities. The stadium, he said, had “become a symbol of what was wrong with our city.”
Well, score one, or $1 million, for Hinchliffe. It has been just been allocated that amount through the state’s Grants for Urban Parks program.