I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Monday, January 4, 2021

The Negro Leagues and the Passaic County Arts Center

2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro League. Also, in 2020, the Negro Leagues were recognized as being on par with the Major Leagues. Accordingly, Negro league players will now have their statistics and achievements listed alongside those of their Major League counterparts rather than separately. This will inevitably lead to changes in the baseball records books when players like Josh Gibson and Willie Mays have their Negro league stats added to theircurrent  major league stats. However, it remains to be seen how things will all shake out since baseball is still in the process of going through all the records and sorting things out.

We recently had the opportunity to visit a special exhibit, at the Passiac County Arts Center in Hawthorne, New Jersey, in honor  of the Negro Leagues. The exhibit called Shades of Greatness consisted of artwork by a variety of artists celebrating the Negro Leagues. This exhibit was commissioned by the Negro League Baseball Museum in 2003 and has been traveling around the country since 2004 and recently completed a stay at the arts center.

Another recent exhibit at the Passiac County Arts Center also centered around art and Negro League  baseball. This exhibit called Hinchcliffe Stadium and Its Legacy was a tribute to the former baseball stadium in Paterson, New Jersey where the New York Black Yankees and New York Cubans  played their games. Hinchcliffe Stadium is one of the few ballparks still standing that hosted Negro League games. The stadium has not been used since 1997 and accordingly, has fallen into a state of disrepair. However, it was recently announced that the stadium will be restored although it will not necessarily be used as a ballpark again. 

To find out more about the Negro Leagues, visit negroleague.org.

To find out more about the Passiac County Arts Center and what exhibit they will be having next, visit pcartscenter.org

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

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