Inscription. The first Alabama - Auburn football game was played on this site, formerly known as the Base Ball Park, on February 22, 1893. The Agricultural and Mechanical College's "Orange and Blue" met the University of Alabama's "Tuskaloosa" squad before a crowd of 5,000 cheering fans. A&M College, now Auburn University, triumphed by a score of 32-22, and still proudly displays the victory cup presented that day by a Birmingham belle.
By Donna Spradley, circa 2005
|1. Site of the First Alabama - Auburn Football Game Marker|
|Marker is located on property of Compass Bank, 7th Ave 32nd Street South, Birmingham (now BBVA/Compass Bank). This photo has St Symeonís Orthodox Church in the background (located at 3101 Clairmont Avenue).|
That contest, reported as "the greatest football game ever played in Birmingham," was the beginning of one of the nation's most renowned college football rivalries.
Erected 1987 by Alabama Historical Commission & Central Bank of the South.
Location. 33° 30.744′ N, 86° 46.914′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Clairmont Avenue South and 32nd Street South., on the right when traveling west on Clairmont Avenue South. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Birmingham AL 35233, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A.B. Loveman House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Independent Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Coe House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Donnelly House (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Vincentís Hospital (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jordan Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Little Theater Clark Memorial Theatre Virginia Samford Theatre (approx. 0.7 miles away); Stock Trestle/Tunnel (approx. ĺ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Birmingham.
By Tim Carr, March 2, 2009
|2. Site Of The First Alabama - Auburn Football Game|
|The building in the background stands on the location of the old football field.|
Also see . . .
1. The 1893 Iron Bowls. (Submitted on October 21, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
2. Encyclopedia of Alabama entry on the football rivalry. (Submitted on December 19, 2012, by Laura Hill of Auburn, Alabama.)
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,649 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on June 18, 2011, by Donna Spradley of Marbury, Alabama. 2. submitted on October 21, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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