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Rickwood Field, 1137 Second Avenue West, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL

Rickwood Field, 1137 Second Avenue West, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL

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Significance: Erected in 1910, the original concrete and steel grandstand at Rickwood Field is the oldest baseball grandstand on the same site in the United States. The grandstand forms the core of an historic ballpark which includes a 1928 Mission-style entryway and other subsequent additions. Modeled after Pittsburgh's Forbes Field, Rickwood is one of the few grandstands which remain as a testament to the now classic early twentieth-century style of ballpark construction. The stadium was built by local industrialist A.H. "Rick" Woodward, III for his Birmingham Barons baseball club, and was also home to the Birmingham Black Barons, and the Oakland A's farm teams. As a center for leisure-time activity, the field was an important social and cultural institution in this southern industrial city from the 1910s through the 1970s.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N100
Survey number: HABS AL-897
National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 92001826

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Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Lavoie, Catherine, transmitter
Klugh, transmitter
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