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Yesterday, tropical depression Alberto moved out of Birmingham just in time to give baseball lovers a chance to enjoy the 2018 edition of the Birmingham Barons 22nd Annual Rickwood Classic.
The Magic City’s Rickwood Field, located at 1137 2nd Avenue West, is the oldest surviving professional baseball park in the United States. Built in 1910, by industrialist and team-owner Rick Woodward the ballpark served as the home park for the Barons and for the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro Leagues.
At 108 years old, Rickwood Field predates Boston’s Fenway Park (1912) and Chicago’s Wrigley Field (1914). The Rickwood Classic has been an annual tradition for the Birmingham Barons since 1996, with the exception of 2017 when Rickwood Field closed temporarily for structural repairs.
Despite, torrential rain showers in the morning, the weather cleared up just a couple of hours before the first pitch at this year’s Rickwood Classic. The hometown Barons then took care of business and defeated the Chattanooga Lookouts 7 to 1.
Below are photos of the festivities taken by Jeff E. Newman and Adele Stockholm Culp.
Culp’s photos are with former stars of the Negro League and the Industrial League.