Wyllys: In Detroit, new salvage project links baseball past with community’s future

From Jared Wyllys at The Sporting News on September 18, 2018:

Everything happens, good and bad, in ordinary places.

At the end of the 19th century, the spot in Detroit at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull avenues was just grass in a slowly expanding city. A ballpark was built there in 1895, and then was the site of professional baseball for more than 100 years. The Detroit Tigers made it their home in 1912, and it stayed that way until Sept. 27, 1999, when the last game was played at Tiger Stadium.

After that, Tiger Stadium sat empty and tired for 10 years. And then it was gone.

Barely five miles away in the near north suburb of Hamtramck, the former home of the Negro League Detroit Stars has sat neglected and forgotten for at least two decades. Some residents have forgotten that it’s there at all.

Read the full article here: http://www.sportingnews.com/us/mlb/news/tiger-stadium-now-detroit-stars-negro-league-hamtramck-stadium-preservation/1cextv0nk35le18qpgsbyba5e8

Originally published: September 18, 2018. Last Updated: September 18, 2018.