From time to time our senior attorney wears a golf shirt which reads, “RICKWOOD America’s Oldest Baseball Park”. Our firm has long supported the preservation of this remarkable baseball field in Birmingham. Each of our lawyers saw his first professional game at this locale. One of our attorneys serves on the board of directors and frequently contributes to its preservation.
Earlier this year, Josh Pahigian published the second edition of 101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out. The number four place in the entire nation was Rickwood Field. For twenty years, the Friends of Rickwood have sponsored the Rickwood Classic celebrating the history of the Birmingham Black Barons and the Birmingham Barons, both of which called this old park home during its more than 100 years of existence. Rickwood is older than Fenway Park in Boston which is the second oldest ballpark in America.
Within the past several years, the Classic was voted in a poll of minor league baseball fans as the most desirable minor league baseball game to attend. It was also voted the promotion of the year in 2010 and was included in 101 Things All Sports Fans Must Experience Before They Die a column from ESPN (it’s number 79). The 2015 Classic will be held on Wednesday, May 27. Y’all come!