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A look back: August 18


Rickwood Field opened with a 3:30 PM game. The Birmingham Barons defeated the Montgomery Climbers 3-2.


Singer Bo Bice underwent emergency surgery for a blocked intestine.

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A look back: April 18


Sloss Furnaces produced its first pig iron.


The Birmingham Barons played their first game at the Hoover Met.

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13th Annual Rickwood Classic, Rickwood Field

Your Birmingham Barons will don replicas of their 1951-52 uniforms (from their time as a Red Sox affiliate) as they take on the Jacksonville Suns at America’s oldest ballpark for a “businessman’s special.”

They have a chance to run their winning streak in the annual retro game to three in a row while honoring former Baron and 17-year major leaguer Jimmy Piersall. The first 1,500 fans that get in will receive a vintage portrait of Piersall from the ’52 season.

If you want to know more about just what that retro uniform will look like (among other things), click here to view the release courtesy of the Barons (hint, you may also want to check out the team’s new website, just saying).

Cost: We’ll update with a link once single game tickets are available.

Rickwood Field
1137 2nd Avenue West (directions)

Former Barons GM West dies

Glynn West, a former general manager of the Birmingham Barons and Birmingham A’s, died on Monday at age 77.

West is responsible for, among other things, opening all seats at Rickwood Field to all fans, regardless of race, during the civil rights era. He is also responsible for America’s oldest ballpark having 1,000 wooden seats installed from New York’s Polo Grounds from 1964 until 1980.

The News’ account includes known funeral arrangements.

last car, 1.31.2008

7th Ave Sunset - briantmurphy/Flickr

7th Ave. Sunset.  briantmurphy/Flickr

The folks at Performa Entertainment Real Estate have decided on a name for the new entertainment district – The Forge. If you’re wondering why they chose it, check out the press release announcing it from earlier today.

Just when we were starting to know him, “family needs in Chicago” is taking Alabama Symphony Orchestra executive director Trey Devey away to Chicago after just six months. He’s definitely fallen in love with the city based on the comments he made to the Birmingham News.

More after the jump…

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