Plan would save historic baseball field at former Tiger Stadium site

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All photos by Steve Neavling

City officials reached a compromise that would preserve the historic baseball field at the former site of Tiger Stadium.

The plan calls for a youth sports headquarters and new development along Michigan and Trumbull.

Tiger StadiumIf the full field is preserved, it would hand a big victory to preservationists and baseball fans who have urged the city to retain the field since the stadium was demolished in 2009.
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The Detroit Economic Growth Corp., however, rebuffed those efforts, insisting the site could garner tens of missioners of dollars from a major developer, which never happened.

Plenty of ideas, from a bull-fighting ring to an upscale hotel, have been pitched, but none has been backed by serious money.

The field is where Babe Ruth hit his 700th home run, where Lou Gehrig played his final game and where Nelson Mandela spoke after spending 27 years in prison.

Tiger StadiumIf the city had its way, Navin Field, as it was originally called, would be locked up. But since 2010, the volunteer group Navin Field Grounds Crew has ignored anti-trespassing orders and meticulously maintained the field and hosted vintage games. Children and adult teams come to play at the field.

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Under the plan presented Tuesday, Detroit PAL, formerly the Police Athletic League, would build a new headquarters and host games for high school and college teams.

The Detroit Economic Growth Corp. met Tuesday to approve the plan but didn’t have enough members present to vote. The public board is to meet as early as next week to vote. buy neurontin generic no prescription

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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