CNN Piece on Reverend William Greason: Former Black Baron and Montford Point Marine

•September 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Reverend William Greason has an amazing story.   He is one of three surviving members of the 1948 Birmingham Black Barons, along with Willie Mays and Jim Zapp, and also a WWII combat veteran of Iwo Jima.

CNN visited recently Birmingham and Rickwood Field as part of their piece on Reverend Greason’s life.

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Beer For Baseball: A Classic Benefit for Rickwood Field

•August 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The Friends of Rickwood are pleased to partner with Accelerated Risk Management, LLC and Weld for Birmingham in the September 7 “Beer for Baseball” event, to be held at Avondale Brewery.

This family-friendly event will also feature music and children’s activities, and is designed to raise funds and awareness for Rickwood Field.

Event hours are 3:00-9:00 p.m., with a $10 admission charge.

Please see file below for more details:


Please see event poster below:

Rickwood Avondale FINAL poster with Sponsors

Bill Chapman Photo Exhibition: The Color of Baseball

•August 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The Friends are pleased to congratulate our pal Bill Chapman on the opening of his Rickwood photo exhibition, The Color of Baseball.

Bill has photographed the ballpark for the past 12 years, and has become a key member of the Friends group.  The exhibit is being hosted by The Griffin Museum’s Atelier of Photography, Stoneham, MA, and runs through October 20.

Please see gallery link below:



Birmingham and Rickwood Receive Some Nice Press

•July 31, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The August / September edition of National Geographic Traveler contains a nice piece on Birmingham, including a photo of Miles College baseball players at Rickwood Field.

Please see link below to the August / September edition:


Cooperstown Class of 2014: Rickwood Veterans

•July 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The 2014 class of inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame included two Rickwood veterans, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre.

LaRussa was a member of both the 1965 and 1967 Birmingham squads, while Joe Torre was the first-year manager for the Atlanta Braves in 1982 when they faced the Southern League All-stars at Rickwood Field.

This year’s class brings the number of Rickwood veterans in the Hall of Fame to 109 members.

Silver Glovez Baseball Camp: 2014

•July 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The Friends are pleased to host the 2014 Silver Glovez Baseball Camp. 

Please see photos and link below for Silver Glovez.

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19th Annual Rickwood Classic: Third Largest Crowd

•June 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The June 25 Rickwood Classic brought nearly 8,700 fans to the old ballpark, and generated some terrific on-line media coverage.

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