At the corner of Michigan and Trumbull avenues in Detroit (MI), a ballpark was built there in 1895 and 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. 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. Read more and view photos here.
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When the Corner Ballpark opens this week on the old Tiger Stadium site, it will be a field of dreams not only for the city’s children but also young Detroiters looking to break into the sports and entertainment world. Read more and view photo here.
The site of old Tiger Stadium will be known as Willie Horton Field, named after left fielder and designated hitter William Wattison Horton who spent 15 seasons with the Detroit Tigers. A new 2,500-seat baseball facility that will be built on site will serve as the home of the Detroit PAL (Police Athletic League). Read more here.
Amid celebration of Detroit Police Athletic League’s successful campaign to raise money for its youth sports facility at the former Tiger Stadium site, some grumbling was heard among sports purists over plans to use synthetic turf. Read more and view rendering here.
There is a plan to put in artificial turf on the field at the former location of Tiger Stadium, when the Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) takes control of the site. However, Dave Mesrey of the Navin Field Grounds Crew – a group of volunteers who worked to bring the field back to life — has started a petition drive to try to convince PAL to keep the natural grass. Read more and watch news report here.
The Detroit Economic Development Corporation approved a plan on Monday that would preserve the baseball field at the former Tiger Stadium site in Corktown while turning a large piece of the property over to Detroit PAL, a youth sports organization formerly known as the Police Athletic League. Read more here.
It was vintage jerseys, no gloves and no spitting Sunday as “gentlemen” took the field at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull in Detroit (MI), as the Rochester Grangers and Kent Base Ball Club faced each other in an 1860s-style baseball game as part of the Corktown Historical Society‘s annual home and garden tour. Read more and view photo here.
Baseball could return to the site of former Tiger Stadium in a plan released Tuesday by Detroit’s economic development agency. Under the site development plan, land would be set aside for a youth baseball field that would cover the same footprint where the Detroit Tigers played. Read more here and here. View RFP here.
A new request for proposals will reportedly be issued soon that will call for development of the former site of Tiger Stadium at Michigan and Trumbull. The RFP will seek private developers to build mixed-use housing and commercial space at the historic site but keep a baseball field with smaller dimensions than the original playing field. Read more here and here.
George Jackson, CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., accused U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, a Democrat from Detroit, and a nonprofit group Tuesday of blocking a redevelopment proposal for the Tiger Stadium site by insisting — for nostalgia’s sake — that plans include a baseball park with the same dimensions as those of the demolished field. Read more here.
A plan to hold a Major League Baseball-approved World Series viewing party Saturday night on the site of the old Tigers Stadium was halted when the city put the kabosh on it claiming organizers did not follow proper procedure to hold such an event on public property. Read more here.
Tiger Stadium was demolished in 2009, but that hasn’t stopped an unofficial corps of volunteers from working to preserve memories of the old park by keeping the remaining field mowed, the base paths smoothed, and the trash picked up. Flags still fly on the original flag pole out in centerfield. Read more here.
There certainly would’ve been a lot more hoopla today in Detroit if city leaders hadn’t decided to demolish Tiger Stadium in 2009. Like Fenway Park, Tiger Stadium (formally known as Navin Stadium and Briggs Stadium) turned 100 today. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation has rejected an offer by Chevrolet to provide financing and labor to bring the baseball field at the old Tiger Stadium back to playable condition. In a written response to the offer, the DEGC made it clear that it wants to keep the land free of any entanglements that could make the property less attractive to developers. Read more here.