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America’s Oldest Baseball Field

May 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History

Birmingham Alabama’s Rickwood Field, currently America’s oldest baseball stadium is facing an uncertain future.  This field has seen players like Ruth, Cobb, Williams, Mays, and many other stars play here and was home to the Brimingham Black Barons of the Negro League.

Do your self a favor and visit    and then click on the history link.  You will be treated to a wonderful interactive experience.   Each decade has a number of vivid rememberances of a bygone era.  The picture below is of Ruth at Rickwood in 1933.

The park will be celebrating its 100th year anniversary on August 18th, 2010.

From a Huffington Post article by Keith Thompson ( )

In 1991, Chicago’s Comiskey Park became a parking lot (for the new Comiskey Park). Thus Birmingham, Alabama’s Rickwood Field, which turns 100 this season, earned the distinction of America’s Oldest Professional Baseball Stadium. The home of both Birmingham’s Barons and the Black Barons of the Negro Leagues had essentially stood empty since the Barons (now a White Sox double-A affiliate) moved to the suburbs in 1987. And the wrecking ball loomed.

Enter a group of young Birmingham professionals who might have gotten together for bowling or pizza. But they cherished childhood memories of storybook sunny days spent in Rickwood’s grandstand, rooting for the home team.  

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3 Responses to “America’s Oldest Baseball Field”
  1. Raymond Barcelos says:

    This was great to know. What a great place to visit someday. I hope it can be preserved for another 100 years.

  2. Mark says:

    @Raymond. I am glad you liked the post. Thanks for the feedback. I hope to visit there as well.

  3. Marvin says:

    Visited Rickwood Field on June 2 for the Rickwood Classic. It was memorable. One of my most memorable baseball experiences. Since this is a books on baseball type site, do you have any recommendations. As far as you know, the baseball link above is not available in print, is it?

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