New York PBS Affiliate WNET recently showcased some obscure baseball lore in a short web video on historic Hinchliffe Stadium.
The baseball portion of the video starts around 1:20 and lasts for about five minutes before the ‘save the park’ crusade kicks into high gear.
However, the core five minutes is a good overview of the ballpark, which housed some of the all-time negro league greats within its circular bowl.
Interesting New York Black Yankees facts:
As the video notes, the team played the bulk of their games in Paterson, New Jersey.
Hincliffe was also used by the New York Cubans in 1936. The Cubans featured all-time great Martin Dihigo
On special occasions the Black Yankees would rent and play in the MLB Yankee Stadium
The Franchise disbanded in 1948.
The New York Black Yankees played their final season in Rochester, New York
MLB Hall of Famer Willie Wells played for the NYBY towards the tail end of his career in 1945 & 1946.
Staying with Willie, he played on the powerhouse 1940 Veracruz Blues, a team that consider to be one of the greatest in negro baseball history.