Restoring a Piece of Baseball History

Hamtramck Stadium before its restoration in 2020.

Every infield project we work on is unique. Whether it’s the people you get to work with, the location, the logistics, there’s always something special and distinctive about the projects we take on. One renovation we worked on recently outside of Detroit in Hamtramck, MI was particularly special.

Hamtramck Stadium is a historic Negro League ballpark that is one of only five Negro League home ballparks still in existence.

In 1930, Hamtramck Stadium opened and was the home for the Detroit Stars of the Negro Leagues and where baseball greats like Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige played here through the years. In January of 2012, the stadium and grounds were granted the historic designation by the State Historic Preservation Office. And later that year, Hamtramck Stadium was officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2020, we were given the great opportunity to help restore this piece of history.  Homefield Crew Leader, Steve Trosen, and his crew renovated the infield.  They recut and cleaned out the old infield and added a new DuraEdge infield skin. The field also underwent clay work and laser grading to help with proper water runoff. This initial project was viewed as a great success and our crew enjoyed helping to restore a piece of baseball history.

Fast forward to 2022, and another field adjacent to newly named Norman “Turkey” Stearns Field at Hamtramck Stadium needed our help.  This field, although smaller in size, was another important one in the neighborhood and for the baseball community as a whole. With the help of General Motors and their volunteers at GM Cares, our Homefield installers worked their magic, renovating this field in need of our help.  We’re thankful to be a part of these important field restorations like these and it’s our hope that this history will live on in Michigan for future generations to enjoy.

Hamtramck Stadium after its restoration in 2020.
Norman “Turkey” Stearns Field before its restoration in August 2022.
Norman “Turkey” Stearns Field after its restoration in August 2022.

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