Robert "Bob" Scott

Robert “Bob” Scott, who once played for the New York Black Yankees of the Negro League baseball league stands outside of Hinchliffe Stadium, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Paterson, N.J. Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson was once home to the New York Black Yankees, the New York Cubans and other Negro League baseball teams. Eleven members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame played there, including Larry Doby. 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. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Volunteers and historians are on a fundraising campaign to save a decaying stadium that is one of the few still in existence where Negro League games were played.

A plaque naming Paterson’s Hinchliffe Stadium as a national historical landmark was unveiled Wednesday.

The decrepit art deco structure was home to the New York Black Yankees, the New York Cubans and other Negro League teams. Eleven Hall of Famers played there.

D. Brent Leggs of the National Trust for Historic Preservation says Hinchliffe is baseball’s only national historic landmark, a designation even higher than those bestowed on such sporting cathedrals as Fenway Park and Wrigley Field.

Advocates are trying to raise $1.2 million to stabilize the structure. But that’s only a fraction of what it would take to fully restore it.

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