Hinchliffe Stadium

Paterson, NJ

40.91856, -74.18228

Hinchliffe Stadium sits to the north of the Great Falls behind School #5 in a fairly impoverished neighborhood sitting on the cliffs above the postindustrial fray of the city. It's a lovely but faded exemplar of Art Deco that was built in 1932 for $350,000 and enlarged in 1964. It's most notable role was as home to the New York Black Yankees and New York Cubans of the Negro Baseball League, and it hosted that league's championship in 1933.

The Paterson School District ultimately took over the stadium, but had to abandon it in 1997 when a sinkhole in the east end-zone became a safety issue. The district fell into state receivership, leaving no funds for any kind of maintenance, although in 2002, Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium was formed to help restore the facility. (reference)

Hinchliffe Stadium - Hinchliffe Stadium behind School 5
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Hinchliffe Stadium behind School 5
Hinchliffe Stadium - Hinchliffe Stadium - Northwest entrance
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Hinchliffe Stadium - Northwest entrance
Hinchliffe Stadium - Hinchliffe Stadium - Northwest entrance
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Hinchliffe Stadium - Northwest entrance
Hinchliffe Stadium - Northern wall
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Northern wall
Hinchliffe Stadium - North ticket window
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North ticket window
Hinchliffe Stadium - Sign over gate
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Sign over gate
Hinchliffe Stadium - Overgrown entrance
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Overgrown entrance
Hinchliffe Stadium - Maple Street side looking southeast
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Maple Street side looking southeast
Hinchliffe Stadium - West ticket window
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West ticket window
Hinchliffe Stadium - Javelin bas relief
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Javelin bas relief
Hinchliffe Stadium - Press box
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Press box
Hinchliffe Stadium - Press box
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Press box
Hinchliffe Stadium - Shower stalls
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Shower stalls
Hinchliffe Stadium - Toilet stalls
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Toilet stalls
Hinchliffe Stadium - Maple Street side looking northwest
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Maple Street side looking northwest
Hinchliffe Stadium - Eastern stands
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Eastern stands
Hinchliffe Stadium - Path on south side to fence hole
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Path on south side to fence hole
Hinchliffe Stadium - Fence hole
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Fence hole
Hinchliffe Stadium - View of full horseshoe
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View of full horseshoe
Hinchliffe Stadium - Eastern stands
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Eastern stands
Hinchliffe Stadium - Scoreboard
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Scoreboard
Hinchliffe Stadium - Overgrown eastern corner
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Overgrown eastern corner
Hinchliffe Stadium - Fiberglass benches
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Fiberglass benches
Hinchliffe Stadium - Eastern stands - note peace sign
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Eastern stands - note peace sign
Hinchliffe Stadium - Scoreboard and overgrown track
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Scoreboard and overgrown track

Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active. (Leonardo da Vinci)