Negro Leagues stadium battling neglect

Originally Published: June 21, 2010
By Paul Lukas | Page 2

PATERSON, N.J. -- Brian LoPinto can feel the ghosts.

"Larry Doby probably stood right here when he tried out for the Newark Eagles," he says, poking at a threadbare patch of artificial turf. "Josh Gibson hit home runs here. Monte Irvin tried out here. History happened here."

It's a hot June afternoon, and we're standing inside Hinchliffe Stadium, a battered and dilapidated 10,000-seater that was built in 1932 and is one of the handful of Negro Leagues ballparks ...

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