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Thursday, 03 July 2014 14:49

Effort aims to restore Negro Leagues stadium

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) - A renewed effort is taking place to restore Hamtramck Stadium, a home for Negro Leagues baseball that's on the National Register of Historic Places. Gary Gillette, president of the Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium and baseball historian, is leading fundraising to finance the project. He tells the Detroit Free Press it might cost between $250,000 and $600,000 to repair the grandstand and field. The stadium in the Detroit enclave of Hamtramck was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012 and the Michigan Historical Commission has approved a historical marker for the site. A ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 14 at the stadium. The grandstand and field date to 1930 and are located in Veterans Memorial Park. The stadium was home to the Detroit Stars.