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“WOW- A Walk Back in History” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rickwood Field Park

Rickwood Field Park
1137 2nd Ave W, Birmingham, AL 35203
205 458 8161
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Ranked #7 of 30 Attractions in Birmingham
Type: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields, Sports Complexes, Outdoors
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Owner description: America's oldest baseball park and former home of the Birmingham Barons is a place where visitors can relive the magic of baseball's glory years.
Newnan, Georgia
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“WOW- A Walk Back in History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

I grew up in Atlanta in the 40s and 50s following the Atlanta Crackers Baseball team. Their biggest rival was the Birmingham Barons who played at Rickwood Field. It was great to tour the field and sit in the dugout. I was surprised that you are unable to see 2nd base while in the dugout because of the slope of the field and the depth of the dugout. How did they argue a call at 2nd base?
Rickwood is in a declining neighborhood, but we felt safe inside the ball field. This is the oldest professional baseball field still in operation in America.

Visited March 2013
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
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“History of Baseball”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

If you like sports history or just history in general this is great. Its hard to believe that Ty Cobb, and Babe Ruth played there. The movie "Ty Cobb" with Tommy Lee Jones was filmed there, too. Many colored players of the past played at Rickwood in the Negro Leagues. The area is run-down and not a place to be after dark. The park was enjoyable. The city is working on remodeling at Rickwood, so will write a new review once that is complete.

Visited February 2012
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Lineville, Alabama
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“AN ABSOLUTE MUST FOR ANY BASEBALL FAN!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

If you are near Birmingham go by and visit the oldest active baseball park in the country. The one time home of the Birmingham Barons and the the Birmingham Black Barons, Rickwood Filed is a place filled with the benevolent ghosts of baseball. Just think who played on this field ... future hall of famers like Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Honus “The Flying Dutchman” Wagner, Babe Ruthand Birmingham’s home team sensation Burleigh Grimes, the last legal spitball pitcher in the Big Leagues. And Negro League greats like ... Satchel Page, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and the list goes on and on.
You can just go visit or take in the annual early summer Rickwood Classic Game. But go and spend the day at a true landmark to baseball.

Visited May 2012
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Childersburg, Alabama
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“A Must See in Birmingham for the true Baseball fan!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Was able to play in this ballpark as a member of a 40 and over Baseball team. You can feel the ghost of all the famous ball players that played here. Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, Reggie Jackson and a host of others. Oldest United States ball park still standing. Built in 1910.

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Montevallo, Alabama
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“Historical ballpark - needs some work”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

First, let me say that while this park needs some work, there are some things being done here and there. Entrance is free, and i believe the park is open every day but sunday. Take a walk around the park and check it all out. The dugouts, the stands, the vintage signs in the outfield and the amazing scoreboard. Also, you can walk behind the wooden fence and see the original concrete fence that originally stood. It was placed too far away, and noone could knock it out of the park so the wooden fence replaced it. There is even a marker for the longest hit in the park on this concrete fence. This is worth a visit if you have never seen it.

Visited November 2012
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