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Tiger Stadium put on endangered list

Detroit's Tiger Stadium, where Ty Cobb and Hank Greenberg made baseball history, was listed Monday as one of the country's most endangered historic sites. The National Trust for Historic Preservation put the stadium on its annual 11 most-endangered list because of recently announced plans to replace the 79-year-old structure with a new $120-million ballpark.

The concrete and steel home of the American League Detroit Tigers baseball team already was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, administered by the National Park Service.

"From the turn of the century until today, baseball legends such as Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg and Al Kaline have packed the stadium, set records and captivated loyal fans," the National Trust said in a news release.

The trust, which receives about 17 percent of its operating money from the federal government and the rest from private sources, has issued annual lists in recent years to call attention to properties it considers particularly in need of protection.

The listing does not alter the legal status of the property.

Also new to the list this year was James Madison's estate, Montpelier, near Orange, Va., which was acquired by the trust in 1984 and is in need of repair. Walden Pond and Woods in Concord and Lincoln, Mass., where the essayist Henry David Thoreau lived and wrote, was listed for the second year.

Citizens in the Corktown historic district surrounding Tiger Stadium and members of the Tiger Stadium Fan Club have urged renovation of the structure, but Wayne County officials last week said the county and the Tigers will jointly build a new stadium.

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