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Today on Stateside, a curator who left the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit returned to the institution and spoke with us about working at the overwhelmingly white spaces in the art world. Also, a conversation about the discrepancies in Michigan State University’s number of COVID-19 cases.

The Detroit Cubs at Hamtramck Stadium in 1935.
Burton Collection, Detroit Public Library

It’s been a long time since the historic Hamtramck Stadium has heard the roar of a crowd. One of the few Negro Leagues ballparks left in the nation, it’s stood empty and neglected for years. But in its heyday, back before professional baseball was integrated, it was home to the Detroit Stars. Legendary Black ballplayers like Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson played there. Now, a local nonprofit wants to honor the stadium’s history and restore it to its former glory.

Courtesy of Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium

Plans are underway to restore a Detroit-area ballpark that once was home to Negro Leagues professional baseball teams.

Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

Hamtramck’s efforts to revive its signature public space are getting a big boost from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation.

The city will receive more than $800,000 to create a community-driven master plan for the 26-acre Veterans Memorial Park—the largest green space and public gathering spot in the tiny, densely-populated Detroit enclave.