PATERSON - One of the only stadiums still in existence where black professional baseball teams once played was honored today as a National Historic Landmark.
Elected officials and hundreds of volunteers gathered at Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson to recognize the ballpark as a national landmark.
After the event, the volunteers helped paint over the graffiti-covered stadium walls and clean up the area.
Hinchliffe Stadium was once home to the New York Black Yankees, the New York Cubans and other Negro League teams.
Eleven members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame played there, including Larry Doby. He integrated the American League in July 1947, just months after Jackie Robinson broke the National League's color barrier - actions being celebrated this week by Major League Baseball.
The crumbling Art Deco stadium was granted national historic landmark status in 2013. Lawmakers are pushing to designate it as part of the nearby Great Falls National Historical Park.