Hamtramck Stadium, and those who played in it, celebrated in rededication

Richard Silva
The Detroit News

Hamtramck — Hamtramck Stadium is the second-oldest Negro League ballpark still standing in 2022.

Legends such as Cool Papa Bell, Satchel Paige and Detroit native Norman "Turkey" Stearnes played in the venue. It's a relic of the past, and one of importance to many.

From left, Butch Ford and Willis Mason, who played for Ron Teasley at Northwestern High School, present Ron Teasley with a cap and shirt at the rededication ceremony for Hamtramck Stadium on Monday in Hamtramck.

But it was closed in 1997 and there were talks to demolish the structure thereafter. It never happened, though, because The Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium stepped in and fought to keep it upright.