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Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Rickwood Field

 
 
Rickwood Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, January 24, 2009
1. Rickwood Field Marker
Inscription.  Built by local industrialist A. H. "Rick" Woodward, this park opened on August 18, 1910. It is the oldest surviving baseball park in America. Rickwood served as the home park for both the Birmingham Barons (until 1987) and the Birmingham Black Barons (until 1963). It was also a favorite site for barnstorming Major League teams. Many greats of the game thrilled crowds here, including Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, Burleigh Grimes, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Walt Dropo,and Reggie Jackson. Black Barons' sensation Satchel Paige battled Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, and other legends of the Negro Leagues. And a 16-year-old rookie from Birmingham named Willie Mays led the Black Barons to their 1948 Negro American League championship here.

National Register of Historic Places February 1, 1993
 
Erected 1996 by Alabama Historical Commission / The Friends of Rickwood Field, An affiliate of The Birmingahm Area Chamber of Commerce.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansSports.
 
Location. 33° 
Main Entrance to Rickwood Field image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, January 24, 2009
2. Main Entrance to Rickwood Field
30.18′ N, 86° 51.414′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of 12th Street West and 2nd Avenue West on 12th Street West. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Birmingham AL 35204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Rickwood Field (within shouting distance of this marker); Birmingham - Southern College (approx. 0.9 miles away); Walker Memorial Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Wilson's Raiders (approx. 1.1 miles away); United Confederate Veterans (approx. 1.2 miles away); Graymont Elementary School (approx. 1.2 miles away); Smithfield (approx. 1.4 miles away); Disabled American Veterans (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
 
Also see . . .  Ball Parks of the Minor Leagues - Rickwood Field. A photographic tour of Rickwood Field (1910), Birmingham, Alabama, the home of the Rickwood Classic and former home of the Southern League Birmingham Barons and Birmingham Black Barons (Submitted on September 19, 2009, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
Rickwood Field image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, January 24, 2009
3. Rickwood Field
Outfield View Of Rickwood Field image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, January 24, 2009
4. Outfield View Of Rickwood Field
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,096 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 17, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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