Birmingham, AL – For the 14th year, the Birmingham Barons will return to historic Rickwood Field on May 27 to play the Rickwood Classic. The Barons will face off against the Mississippi Braves in a contest that Minor League Baseball fans on MiLB.com voted the “Most Desirable Game to Attend in 2009.”
Rickwood Field, touted as “America’s Oldest Ballpark”, was built in 1910 and has hosted such baseball legends as Willie Mays and Dizzy Dean. The annual Rickwood Classic brings back the charm of this historic park as the Barons return for a single game each year. This year, however, fans will have two opportunities to see future Major Leaguers at Rickwood. While the Barons will host the Southern League All-Star game at Regions Park in Hoover, they will return to Birmingham for the Home Run Derby and Celebrity Softball game on Sunday, July 12.
Following tradition, the Classic has a different theme each year. This year the teams will bring back the eighties with the M-braves wearing the powder blue uniforms of the Atlanta Braves of that era, while the Barons will sport the their white with red and black trimmed jerseys of the same time period. Past years have seen the teams dressed in throwback uniforms from Negro League and early Major League teams.
Over the past decade the event has become a sort of pilgrimage for baseball fans as they journey to the Magic City to experience baseball as it once was. The hand turned scoreboard and the Burma-Shave signs that make up the right-field wall take fans back to a time before steroids and big money contracts. Recently, an online poll of Minor League Baseball fans ranked this game above the “All-Star Futures game”, the “Futures at Fenway”, and the “Road to Wrigley” events.
First pitch of this year’s game is at 12:35 and tickets are still available at www.barons.com or by calling (205) 988-3200.
Article by Keith George
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