PRESS RELEASE – This annual game is set for Wednesday, May 29th at 12:30 pm and will celebrate the beginning of baseball at Rickwood Field. The game will feature the Birmingham Barons against the Montgomery Biscuits, the Double-A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. Former veteran MLB player and Manager “Sweet Lou” Piniella will be the special guest of honor and will be available for autographs during the game.
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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.
Emergency structural repairs to historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham (AL) are expected to start soon and be completed in time for the annual Rickwood Classic in May. The Birmingham City Council on Tuesday approved awarding a $1 million contract to JJ Morley Enterprises Inc. to complete structural work under the grand stand of the field. 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.
“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.
Rickwood Field in Birmingham (AL) turned 105 on Tuesday. The historic stadium is home of the annual Rickwood Classic, which should be on every baseball fan’s bucket list, and the former home of the Birmingham Barons (Double-A, Southern League). Read more here. Learn more about the ballpark by going to Rickwood.com.