Building a Place for History
Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Brian LoPinto was raised two blocks away from Hinchliffe Stadium. As a young child, he knew that this cavernous structure could not have just been built for high school athletics. In 1997, when Hinchliffe closed due to neglect by the Paterson Public Schools, he contacted the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Their response: “The Hall of Fame certainly recognizes the significance of Hinchliffe Stadium and it is represented in our Library’s research collections.” That statement, from the highest authority on baseball, charged LoPinto to embark on his own independent research of Hinchliffe Stadium and to form the Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium with his colleague Dr. Flavia Alaya.