Rock guitarist Jack White has never shied away from sharing his passion for baseball. Over the years, White has partaken in numerous trips to the ballpark, whether it be to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for his hometown team Detroit Tigers, or following the organization down to Florida to catch one of their spring training exhibition games. White may be a busy guy these days, managing a thriving music career and running a vinyl-friendly record label and all. Yet, he still manages to devote his time to his non-musical loves, which now includes helping to save one of the last remaining baseball stadiums used in the days of when black people were forced to play separately from their white counterparts due to racism in America. These were called the Negro Leagues and comprised of mostly Black and some Latin American players as well. The leagues were not only successful as a whole but they were also a major source of prosperity in the black-owned business world.
According to reports, White has pledged $10,000 in hopes of saving and reviving Hamtramck Stadium (also known as Roesink Stadium) one of only 12 remaining stadiums left in America that hosted the league. The stadium just so happens to be located in Hamtramck, Michigan, a suburb of White’s hometown of Detroit. Throughout the 1930s when professional baseball was still divided by skin color, The Stadium was used by teams including Detroit Wolves and Detroit Stars. The Stadium was officially recognized to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.
White, along with Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium, is hoping to raise enough money to restore the Stadium’s playing field for baseball, soccer, and cricket games in advance of a planned restoration of its historic grandstand in 2020. The initiative has also attracted the attention of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which has promised to match any funds raised by the recently-launched Crowdfunding campaign. As of Tuesday morning, the campaign has already raised $16,706 of its $50,000 goal, with 28 days remaining.
When he’s not busy saving historical Detroit landmarks, White is busy planning his upcoming appearance at Loretta Lynn’s All-Star Birthday Celebration Concert in in Nashville, Tennessee on April 1, which will feature additional performances from Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Margo Price and many more. Fans can click here to purchase tickets to next month’s celebratory event at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
Fans can also watch the video below to learn more about the historical significance of Hamtramck Stadium.