Last Wednesday, the Birmingham Barons played in the Rickwood Classic, one of the coolest events in all of minor league. Birmingham is one of the most storied minor-league baseball towns -- and it didn't destroy Rickwood Field after moving out of it -- so the Barons are able to take full advantage of their lore.
I wrote about the purpose of the Rickwood Classic a couple of years ago:
Rickwood Field was the home of the Barons from 1910 to 1987, as well as the Negro Leagues' Birmingham Black Barons for decades. It still holds the title of oldest surviving professional park thanks to the conservation efforts from the Friends of Rickwood. Since 1996, the Barons have played an annual game and donated part of the proceeds toward improvement and upkeep of the stadium.
For the 2016 Classic, the Barons turned back the clock to 1967, wearing the green and gold of the Birmingham A's. The throwbacks and the setting combine to create some pretty cool visuals.
Rickwood Classic 2016 pic.twitter.com/1DSPknSI28— Curt Bloom (@CurtBloom4) June 2, 2016
Sunday's box scores will appear below shortly.