Monday, August 16, 2010

'Rickwood Field' traces history of America's oldest ballpark

Wednesday marks the 100th anniversary of Birmingham's Rickwood Field. The baby of iron baron Rick Woodward (from whom it received its name), opened to rave reviews on Aug. 18, 1910, as a crowd of 10,000 saw the hometown Barons top the Montgomery Climbers, 3-2.

Veteran author Allen Barra, whose credits include biographies on Yogi Berra and Paul "Bear" Bryant, traces Rickwood's history in "Rickwood Field: A Century in America's Oldest Ballpark." It's a nice tribute to America's oldest baseball stadium and all the greats who played there, though it's a tad light on details from the second half of Rickwood's first century. My full review is now available on

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