WEST PHILLY MEMORIAL PARK COMMEMORATING HISTORIC BLACK BASEBALL LEAGUE DAMAGED
The Philadelphia Stars Negro Leagues Memorial Park was officially opened on April 15, 2005, to commemorate the history of Negro Leagues baseball, particularly in Philadelphia.
The Business Association of West Parkside (BAWP) brought together a coalition of residents, businesses, City and State officials, MLB, and the Philadelphia Phillies to make this Memorial a reality.
On September 9, 2020, a DUI driver plowed into the Memorial Park, destroying the black granite base of the statue, killing two people and injuring one. Also damaged was one of the walls that hold the names of the Negro Leagues Teams and the words of Dave Montgomery, past President of the Philadelphia Phillies, and former MLB's Commissioner, Bud Selig.
The Memorial is an important historical marker and a point of pride in the City and the West Parkside neighborhood where it is located. Philadelphia was a major center of baseball throughout the 20th century and the Memorial Park is a reminder that segregation meant Black ballplayers needed their own league to play professional baseball, and that neighborhood baseball fields hosted thousands of fans until Jackie Robinson integrated the all-white Major League Baseball league in 1947.
Thousands of cars pass it daily, and visitors, particularly school groups, come to learn the history of Black baseball in Philadelphia and explore what communities can create when they come together.
Funds are needed to restore the Memorial Park after the accident and to create a fund for future repairs and upgrades. All funds will be held in a restricted account to only be used for the restoration and maintenance of the Memorial Park.