Former Rickwood Ballplayers Pass-Away

•March 9, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The Friends of Rickwood are saddened by the recent passing of these Rickwood alumni:

Herbert Harold “Briefcase” Simpson, former Birmingham Black Baron (1942), passed on January 7, 2015.

Carl Long, former Birmingham Black Baron (1953), passed on January 12, 2015.

Ernie Banks, former Kansas City Monarch (1950 and 1953) and Chicago Cub, passed on January 23, 2015.

Minnie Minoso, former New York Cuban (1946 – 1948) and Chicago White Sox, passed on March 1, 2015.

The Friends would like to thank our colleague, Larry Lester, and the Courier for this information.

Ballpark to be Closed Today: Thursday, March 5

•March 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The ballpark will be closed today due to weather conditions, Thursday, March 5.

101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out: Rickwood Field

•March 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

We are pleased to announce that Rickwood Field has been ranked by author Josh Pahigian as “the 4th best baseball attraction in North America.”

Please see file below to view Josh’s press release, as well as the cover of his recently published 2nd edition of 101 Baseball Places to See Before you Strike Out.

We would also like to thank our good friend Bill Chapman for providing the ballpark photographs for Josh’s 2nd edition.

101BaseballPlacesBeforeDie Rickwood Release

101BaseballPlacesBeforeDie-1 cover

Ballpark Closed on Wednesday, February 25

•February 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The ballpark will be closed on Wednesday, February 25, and will re-open on Thursday, the 26th.

Thank you.

20th Annual Rickwood Classic: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

•February 19, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The Friends of Rickwood and the Birmingham Barons are pleased to announce the 20th annual Rickwood Classic, set for Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  This year’s event will celebrate the 20th anniversary, with a nod to the inaugural event, including the Barons again wearing the 1948 uniform.  The Jacksonville Suns will be the opponent, with Darryl Strawberry attending as the special guest.

Please see link below to the event press release.

Park Closed on Thursday, February 19

•February 19, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The ballpark will be closed, Thursday, February 19, due to inclement weather.

Thank you

12th Annual Southern Association Conference: March 7, 2015

•February 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment

It is with great pleasure that the Friends of Rickwood announce the 12th Annual Southern Association Conference to be held in Birmingham, on Saturday, March 7, 2015.  The day-long conference will focus on the formative years of the original Southern League, 1885 – 1899 and will feature a variety of speakers and collector exhibits.  Please consider attending and sharing your commitment to keeping alive the rich history of the Southern Association and baseball in the South.

Saturday’s activities will be held at historic Rickwood Field, and will begin with coffee and snacks at 8:30 a.m. (Central).  The conference includes lunch, and will feature presentations by authors and researchers, as well as collector exhibits, book signings, and door prizes.  We are also very pleased to have Weldon “Hoss” Bowlin, longtime Minor League player and collegiate coach, as our special guest.

Please see word documents below for registration and Saturday schedule, and email for additional information.

2015 southern association conference saturday timeline

2015 southern assoc conf registration form


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