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Rickwood Field Photo Gallery - Historical Plaque

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The Friends of Rickwood erected this historical marker outside of the ballpark in 1996. Scroll below the picture to read what it says.

Rickwood Field historical marker

Built by local industrialist A.H. "Rick" Woodward, this park opened on August 18, 1910. It is the oldest surviving baseball park in America. Rickwood served as the home park for both the Birmingham Barons (until 1987) and the Birmingham Black Barons (until 1963). It was also a favorite site for barnstorming Major League teams. Many greats of the game thrilled crowds here, including Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, Burleigh Grimes, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Walt Dropo, and Reggie Jackson. Black Barons sensation Satchel Paige battled Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, and other legends of the Negro Leagues. And a 16-year old rookie from Birmingham named Willie Mays led the Black Barons to their 1948 Negro American League championship here.