A trip down memory lane: Michael Jordan’s time in Birmingham

HOOVER, AL – AUGUST 1994: Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons bats during an August 1994 game against the Memphis Chicks at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama. (Photo by Jim Gund/Getty Images)

We’re doing a little throwback to the time a basketball legend once called The Magic City home. Yep—we’re talking about the one and only Michael Jordan. Let’s take a look at his time spent here in Birmingham and his brief time spent as a Birmingham Baron.

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This onetime Baron is the new president + CEO of the BBA

Kenneth Coleman is the new President and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA)
Kenny Coleman, formerly with Georgia Power at Georgia’s Fort Stewart. Photo via PRNewsFoto/Georgia Power

During his time playing for the Birmingham Barons, Kenneth “Kenny” Coleman got to play with Michael Jordan. Yes, that Michael Jordan. Now Coleman is back in town and ready to lead the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) in exciting new directions. I had the pleasure of sitting down with him on his third day on the job to talk about the Magic City, his vision for the BBA and a few of his local favorites. Keep reading for all the details. 

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Baseball is back in Birmingham! Check out what Regions Field has in store for summer

Baseball’s back, Birmingham and we’re pumped. Photo via Birmingham Baron’s Facebook

You thought Birmingham baseball was canceled this year? Think again! Beginning this weekend, Regions Field opens up the stadium for their new summer series. Keep reading to find out what they have in store for fun-filled summer weekends.

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6 Birmingham Inspired Halloween Costumes, including James Spann

Birmingham inspired pumpkin carved by @imlainewhite. Photo via @InstagramBham

It’s officially SPOOKY season Birmingham! Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re like me, you wait until the last minute to find a costume.

The Magic City is a great place to get some inspiration. Here are 6 Birmingham inspired costumes that will have people asking for a photo-op all night long!

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Christmas In July @ The Birmingham Barons

Join the Birmingham Salvation Army’s junior board, Echelon, to celebrate Christmas in July at the Birmingham Barons stadium on July 25th.  Expect to hear your favorite Christmas tunes and catch Santa vacationing in the Magic City. Proceeds raised from this event will support The Salvation Army Education & Workforce Development Center. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Several ticket options are available.

Done with college football? Here are the schedules for Birmingham’s 4 pro teams

Mayor Randall Woodfin wearing a Birmingham Legion jersey. Photo from Birmingham Legion Facebook page

Well, the college football season may have ended with a “thud” for Alabama Crimson Tide fans (they are welcome to join UAB’s parade!),  but have no fear, for the first time ever, the Birmingham metro area will have 4 professional sports teams playing almost simultaneously this winter and spring.

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10 places to celebrate the July 4th holiday in and around the Magic City

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Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum Facebook page

Happy 242th Birthday America!!  Bham Now has compiled our top 10 list of 4th of July celebrations in and around the Magic City. This year, with the 4th landing on a Wednesday,  some communities are celebrating our nation’s founding  a week in advance.

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5 reasons you need to get your ticket today for the 46th Annual Southern League All-Star Game at Regions Field

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Birmingham Barons Southern League All-Star Eloy Jimenez. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Barons.

If you love baseball, the upcoming 46th Annual Southern League All-Star game hosted by the Birmingham Barons is a modern day “Field of Dreams.”

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The sun came out just in time for the Birmingham Barons 22nd Annual Rickwood Classic  (photo gallery)

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Right to left – Photo of Philadelphia Stars and Stockholm Valve & Fittings baseball teams, Henry Elmore sitting with Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and Senator Doug Jones at the Rickwood Classic. Photo by Adele Stockham Culp.

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.

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The Rickwood Classic is May 30! And 7 other facts about the Birmingham Barons annual throwback game at Rickwood Field.

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Rickwood Classic 2013. Photo by @cdmcfadden via Instagram

Take me out to the ballgame, as the old song goes. The Birmingham Barons return to their historic home, Rickwood Field, on May 30 for the 22nd annual Rickwood Classic. Featuring the Barons versus the Chattanooga Lookouts, the gates open at 11 a.m. and the first pitch is at 12:30 p.m. You can get tickets here.

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