America’s Oldest Baseball Field
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 http://www.rickwood.com/ 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 ( http://twitter.com/kqthomson )
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.