The Rickwood Classic takes place on Wednesday, May 30, at Rickwood Field — America’s oldest baseball park, as the Birmingham Barons (Double-A, Southern League) play host to the Chattanooga Lookouts starting at 12:30 p.m. The Barons will don uniforms from “Fabulous Fifties” when the club was affiliated with the New York Yankees from 1953 – 1956. The Lookouts will also wear period unis. View 2018 Rickwood Classic Fan Guide here.
The Rickwood Classic is back at historic Rickwood Field for the 2018 game to be held on Wednesday, May 30. The Birmingham Barons (Double-A, Southern League) and the Friends of Rickwood have announced that the 22nd annual game is back at the venue after being cancelled last year due to structural repair issues to the 108-year old ballpark. Read more here.
Baseball is still alive at the MiLB-departed Hoover Met. The top 150 Major League Baseball prospects for the East Coast will be coming to Hoover (AL) this summer, as East Coast Pro, a non-profit run by MLB scouts, will stage its annual scouting event at the Hoover Met Complex Aug. 1 through 4, 2018. Read more here. Thanks to Joe DeLeonard for the heads up.
America’s oldest ballpark is getting some much-needed repairs. The city of Birmingham (AL), which owns Rickwood Field, was forced to close the ballpark in April for structural repairs to the grandstands. Construction for restoring the ballpark has already begun with hopes of re-opening in 2018. Read more here. Read more about the fundraising campaign here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Birmingham Barons are excited to announce that Regions Field will host the 2018 Southern League All-Star Game. The Barons, in partnership with Wind Creek Casino & Hotel, Wetumpka and the Southern League, will put on multiple events to welcome the best and brightest stars of the Southern League to the Magic City. Continue reading
Rickwood Field, the oldest ballpark in America and one of only two original Negro League baseball stadiums still standing, has been closed for emergency repairs. According the Rickwood Facebook page:
“Based on preliminary inspections by the City of Birmingham engineers, structural shoring and repair will be necessary before Rickwood will be ready to host another event. The City has declared the need for repairs and emergency situation and work will begin immediately. The City has budgeted $450,000 in phase 2 bond funds to being the work.”).
As a result, the annual Rickwood Classic scheduled for May 31 has been moved to Regions Field, home of the Birmingham Barons (Double-A, Southern League). Read more here.