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Rickwood Field: A Century in America's Oldest Ballpark

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Those fortunate fans who attended Opening Day on August 18, 1910 could not have had the slightest inkling that their brand new stadium would one day be the oldest active professional ballpark in America. Nor could they have possibly imagined how dramatically baseball would transform itself over the course of a century. Back then there were no high-powered agents, no steroi ...more
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published July 26th 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published June 29th 2010)
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Phil
Rickwood Field is not only a history of the oldest ballpark in America, but it is a history of Birmingham, Alabama, and of baseball in the South. The story surrounding the baseball diamond housed within Rickwood Field is told on and off the field, and is drawn from the hearts and memories of the people that cheered there, played there, and lived there. Paramount throughout the story is the tragic history of segregation within baseball, the stories of the Birmingham Barons, the team that played a ...more
Boyd Nation
This is a story worth hearing, written well by the standards of pop history. It's about baseball, of course, but you can't really tell the story of anything in Birmingham, much less baseball, without some significant insights into the history of race in America. As a fifteen-year resident of Birmingham who's already read the two small-press histories of Rickwood previously published, I won't say I learned much from this one, but I still enjoyed the ride through the main text, and I found the ora ...more
Rogers
A great history of Rickwood Field. I would have like more information on the Birmingham A's, but that's a small complaint. A great history of the park and baseball's place in Birmingham in the first half of the 20th Century.

Little known fact: Coach Bryant actually played some minor league baseball along with Don Hutson
Erik Bal
Very good coverage of the early history of the ballpark through the end of the Negro Leagues. After that Barra rushes about 30 years into only about 10 pages. Nice use of original writings and interviews in the appendix.
Patty
A great look at the history of baseball through the lens of the relationship between Birmingham, Alabama and its historical ballpark.
Christopher
Nice history of an essential visit for any baseball fan.
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