The history of Birmingham is also tied to the history of Baseball. We take a look at the history of the Birmingham Barons and how they're still keeping the spirit of Baseball alive in the Magic City.
The History of the Birmingham Barons
A good way to examine the history of the Birmingham Barons is to look at the different ballparks the Barons have called home over the years. Rickwood Field was built in 1910 by local industrialist Rick Woodward. He designed the stadium with help from Major League Baseball owners Connie Mack and Barney Dreyfuss. This makes Rickwood Field America’s Oldest Ball Park! That’s right – older than Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and any other baseball stadium on the list — Rickwood Field is the oldest of them all. And it’s right here in Birmingham. Players such as Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson all played at Rickwood Field. Rickwood Field was eventually closed in 1987 and the Barons then moved to the Hoover Met from 1988 until 2012. In 2013 the Barons moved to their current home at Regions Field. Birmingham truly has had the luxury of having some great ballparks, great teams and obviously some great players over the years.
When you look at the history of Baseball, and more specifically the history of Baseball in Birmingham, you have to take time to recognize the significant players. From Satchel Page and Mule Suttles to Rollie Fingers and Frank Thomas, the Birmingham Barons have played host to a literal who’s who of great players both past and present.
The Newest Chapter
The relocation to downtown Birmingham in 2013 started a new chapter of Barons Baseball but also of Downtown Birmingham! The Barons’ move downtown spurred a resurgence that has led to the economic revitalization of Downtown Birmingham, from Railroad Park to the Negro Southern League Museum or Good People Brewing, downtown has seen an incredible resurgence. Regions Field itself is a year round facility, hosting not only the Barons but several concerts, events, Christmas parties, wedding receptions and a variety of other events!
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