Paterson: 25-foot tall Larry Doby mural unveiled at Hinchliffe Stadium | Paterson Times

Paterson: 25-foot tall Larry Doby mural unveiled at Hinchliffe Stadium


A 25-foot tall mural of legendary baseball player Larry Doby on the exterior of Hinchliffe Stadium was unveiled on Thursday morning.

Mural by a group of artists led by David Thompson of Halls That Inspire features Doby striking a ball during a baseball game at the historic stadium.

Thompson said the mural is 50-foot wide and 25-foot high. It took 34 people to complete, he said.

Four artists and 30 high school students, mostly from Paterson.

“It was a total community effort,” said Thompson.

Doby got his start in baseball at Eastside High School. He became a standout athlete at the high school. He played for the Newark Eagles in the Negro National League after attending Long Island University on a basketball scholarship.

Doby also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

In July 1947, Doby joined the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first African-American to play in the American League. In his 13-year career in the American League, he tallied 1,553 games, batting .283 with 253 home runs and 970 runs batted in. He played in two World Series and was the first black player to hit a home run in a World Series game.

“We’re celebrating Larry Doby,” said mayor Andre Sayegh standing in front of the mural. “He’s second to none.”

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the National League while Doby did the same in the American League, Sayegh pointed out, making Doby just as important as Robinson.

The mural took two weeks to complete, said the mayor. Thompson said the group had to scrape peeling old paint, double prime the site, and apply two coats of paint.

Both the New Jersey Community Development Corporation and the Paterson Public Schools supported the project, said Thompson. He is also responsible for the large mural within the footprint of the steam plant foundation at Overlook Park.

Sayegh said the mural enhances the appeal of the stadium for visitors.

Municipal officials plan to spend $76 million in state and federal tax credits to renovate the stadium which has been closed since 1997. The renovation is part of a bigger project that includes housing, a restaurant, and a parking deck in the vicinity. A Negro League exhibition will be housed at the stadium.

Construction is expected to begin in middle of next year.

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  • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

    Nobody cares who came in 2nd. Jackie Robinson is the only hero.

    • Joseph Santiago

      Probably because Jackie Robinson DIDNT play during the Negro Leagues at the stadium and Larry Doby DID. Check your facts. Yes, Jackie Robinson is a hero, I agree, but what would be the point of making a mural for her if she never played there at all?

      • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

        2nd place = 1st loser. Meanwhile Mayor McCheese continues to get rich off bribes. You Patersonians are such stupid pendejos lol that's why you live in a shithole.

        • Joseph Santiago

          Why are you posting in this thread at all. Why looking into our city news at all? If you think this city is a shithole, I would love to know where you live so I can laugh at your news. All because of a damn mural. SMH..

          • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

            This is America that's why. I live in Upper Saddle River, thankfully I was able to escape that Democrat run shithole by working hard and not relying on free gubment money.. You won't find much to laugh at, it's a very wealthy town well run by Republicans! Average home price over $1 million :)

          • Joseph Santiago

            IDGAF where you live, how wealthy your people are or how much your houses are worth. Get out of here if your going to start talking ish. Every community is different. Your city has flaws, not possible that it's perfect. We have our flaws too and others may not like it, just like you.

          • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

            It's not perfect, it's just a hell of a lot better than that shithole. Flaws? That's an understatement lmfao

          • Joseph Santiago

            Why are you calling Paterson a shithole. All I told you was why Jackie Robinson wasnt on the mural and you come out with all of this? I won't respond to your ish anymore. You started something for no reason. Keep your trap shut if you dont have anything good to say.

          • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

            Ummm, because it's a shithole?

          • Joseph Santiago

            Just STFU. You think that, great. Others think differently. End of conversation.

          • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

            Only the corrupt, incompetent, hacks posing as elected officials with three gubment jobs while robbing you blind and idiots like you who keep voting for them think that shithole is not a shithole. LOL. And then you wonder why it's a shithole. It's because the voters are dumbasses who keep voting Democrap because they've been brainwashed into thinking Republicans are racist, eat babies etc. Every shithole city in this country is run by Democraps. Facts. Have fun in your shithole ghetto I'm out.

          • Joseph Santiago

            Why do you care about this community? Go worry about how your Saddle Lake officials are doing and you have a good day.

          • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

            It's Upper Saddle River, and I could care less about that shithole you live in. I just find it funny how you guys are so stupid to keep voting in the same crooks and scumbags lol. How many of your mayors have gone to prison? How many of the city's officials have two or three other gubment jobs yet are barely qualified to clean toilets? The streets are full of garbage potholes and you have shootings almost every day.

          • Joseph Santiago

            I mean if these are the people we can vote for, what can we do? Also, were not the only place with gun violence in the area, so you stay proud with how you live and we'll deal with our so called shithole. Now please stop making this argument more than it should be.

          • DemocrapSocialistsSuck