Rickwood Field, America’s Oldest Ballpark

Birmingham Rickwood Classic

(Photos courtesy of Curtis Palmer)

Tomorrow marks my favorite day in the city of Birmingham, Alabama. It is the day Rickwood Field, America’s oldest ballpark, comes back to life with the sights, sounds, and smells of baseball. The crack of maple. Venders chanting out sales of hot dogs and peanuts and ice cold sodas. Young players stretching singles into a hard-won doubles. The Rickwood Classic makes grown men become boys again.

Travel Editor Tanner Latham and I will cover the fanfare tomorrow, podcasting from the park and blogging about the day’s events. Check back in on Thursday morning for full coverage, photos, interviews, and even some nostaligia. (I played at Rickwood as a high schooler three summers in a row.)

Rickwood Classic

COMMENTS

  1. New in Alabama

    wow! sounds so great. is there anyway I can get a ticket to go? I just moved to the city 2 days ago and am looking for an activity just like this!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:41 am
  2. Tanner Latham

    Why, yes, New in Alabama. Tickets are $9, general admission, and you can purchase them through the Birmingham Barons website, http://www.barons.com, or at the gate.
    First pitch is 12:30 p.m. Maybe we’ll see you there…

    May 27, 2008 at 5:10 pm
  3. Matt

    I’ve lived in Birmingham for almost six months and I knew nothing of Rickwood. Thanks!

    May 29, 2008 at 7:20 am
  4. TB

    Check back in on Friday for my report from the Classic, especially a podcast with images.

    May 30, 2008 at 10:59 am