Philadelphia Stars Negro League Memorial Park
Located in Philadelphia’s West Parkside neighborhood, the Philadelphia Stars Negro League Memorial Park stands in the very spot where the Philadelphia Stars played their home games an Penmar Park. In addition to being the home of the Stars, the ballpark also served as the host to multiple Negro League World Series games in the 1930s and 1940s. The Memorial Park, which was made possible through the coming together of several parties including the MLB and City of Philadelphia in 2004, features a historical site marker, a mural, and a memorial statue.
Backstory and Context
The Philadelphia Stars were established in 1933 by Ed Bolden, the previous owner of the Hilldale Daisies. The Stars became a member of the Negro National League after one season as an independent team in 1933. As a member of the NNL in 1934, the Stars won the NNL pennant in a classic series with the Chicago American Giants.
From 1934 until 1948, the Stars remained one of the biggest draws within the NNL. After the NNL dissolved in 1948, the Stars joined the Negro American League and continued baseball operations until 1952. During the Philadelphia Stars’ time, they featured greats like Biz Mackey and even Satchel Paige in 1950.
Recently, the Philadelphia Phillies have worked to honor the men of the Philadelphia Stars and their contributions to the game of baseball and the city of Philadelphia. Every April 15 on Jackie Robinson Day, the Phillies and members of various Philadelphia Business Association members gather at Philadelphia Stars Negro League Memorial Park to honor and remember the legacy of African American baseball in the Philadelphia community.
Philadelphia Stars. Negro League Baseball Museum. Accessed May 28, 2017. http://coe.k-state.edu/annex/nlbemuseum/history/teams/philstars.html.