Alan Koch, Former Birmingham Baron, Passes-Away

•May 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The Friends of Rickwood and the Birmingham baseball community are saddened by the May 22 passing of Alan Koch, former Birmingham Baron.  Mr. Koch played collegiate baseball at Auburn, and was a member of the 1960 and 1961 Barons.  He was also a guest at the 2011 Southern Association Conference.

Please see link below to view his career information:–001ala

20th Annual Rickwood Classic: Wednesday, May 27th

•May 9, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The Friends of Rickwood and the Birmingham Barons are looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday, May 27, at the 20th annual Rickwood Classic, presented by Levy’s Fine Jewelry.  Game time is 12:30, and will feature the Barons versus the Jacksonville Suns.  Gates open at 11:00, and in a nod to the inaugural Classic, the event will pay tribute to the 1948 Barons team.  Tickets are available through the Barons ticket office: 988-3200, or on-line at

Please see event poster file below:

2015 rickwood classic poster 1 final version

Fog Rolls In: Alabama A&M v Alabama State

•April 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A couple of very nice images of Rickwood fog rolling-in last night during the Magic City Diamond Classic.

Photos courtesy of Allen Farr, Friends of Rickwood Board of Directors.

4.25.15 al a&m v al st #1

4.25.15 al a&m v al st #2

Rickwood Field to Host Magic City Diamond Classic

•April 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The Friends of Rickwood are pleased to partner with Birmingham City Councilor Sheila Tyson to host the first annual Magic City Diamond Classic, featuring Alabama A&M versus Alabama State.

Friday, April 24, 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 25, 3:00 & 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are available at the gate.

Please see link below:

F.O.R. to Host May 12 Fundraiser at Birmingham’s Rojo Restaurant

•April 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Please see details below for the May 12 10% Tuesday fundraiser at Rojo:

Hello Baseball Fans:

We’re gearing up for the 20th Annual Rickwood Classic on May 27th at 12:30pm at America’s Oldest Ballpark! Tickets are available for purchase now via the Barons’ website

In advance of this year’s Classic, the Friends of Rickwood are hosting an event at Rojo on Tuesday, May 12th to help spread the word about the Classic, and raise funds to support Rickwood Field. From 5-10 PM that evening, the awesome folks at Rojo Birmingham will contribute 10% of their sales towards Rickwood Field. The Friends of Rickwood will be there to talk baseball and sell some merchandise.  By joining us for at Rojo for great food and drink, you’ll be supporting Rickwood Field, America’s Oldest Ballpark!…it’s that easy.

WHO: Friends of Rickwood

WHAT: 10% of all food and drink sales benefit Rickwood Field… and we’ll be selling

Rickwood merchandise and talking baseball

WHEN: Tuesday, May 12 from 5-10pm

WHERE: Rojo Birmingham (2921 Highland Ave South)

Anyone can show up, but you can give us a head’s up that you’ll be there by confirming your intent on our Facebook event page:

We look forward to seeing you on May 12.  If you cannot join us, we always welcome your support by shopping online where you can even purchase a commemorative brick to be installed at the Field.


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F.O.R. and UA Partner on Archaeological Investigation

•April 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The Friends of Rickwood are pleased to be working in partnership with the University of Alabama’s Office of Archaeological Research on an excavation of the former RF segregated bleachers.  The project is under the leadership of Dr. Virgil “Duke” Beasley, UA Cultural Resources Investigator.

Please see link below to recent Tuscaloosa News article:

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.


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