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The Navin Field Grounds Crew: Detroit Diehards Stand on Sacred Ground - Rolling Stone

You see, while the ancient and storied Tiger Stadium was abandoned by the Detroit Tigers at the end of the 1999 season, and fell victim to the wrecking ball a decade later, the actual field where the Tigers played – the same nine-acre plot of land at the intersection of Michigan and Trumbull, which hosted its first professional baseball game in 1896 at the Tiger Stadium precursor known as Bennett Park – still remains.

The diamond is still located in the same spot it has occupied since the spring of 1912, when the stadium (originally known as Navin Field, then Briggs Stadium) first opened, and the 125-foot flagpole that once constituted the tallest "in play" obstacle in major league history still stands in center field. So many other classic ballparks of a similar vintage have been replaced by housing projects, office buildings and parking lots; but here, you can still attempt to turn a double play around the same keystone that Alan Trammell and Sweet Lou Whitaker traversed together for nearly two decades.

That baseball fans are able to make the pilgrimage to (and play upon) this historic site is largely due to the tireless efforts of the Navin Field Grounds Crew, an all-volunteer organization that has been tending to "The Corner" since May 2010, when Tom Derry – a 50-year-old mail carrier from the nearby suburb of Redford Township – and a handful of devoted fellow Tigers fans began slowly restoring the playing field to its current usable state.
Seems amazing that they've been able to preserve a field exactly where the original diamond was. The article says the area may be redeveloped, but sounds like they may be able to save the field for fans and kids.

More up to date they are trying to save the actual field with development around it: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/op...rts-field-honor-tiger-stadium-roots/23864315/

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