Operations at Rickwood Field

$4,285 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 77 people in 13 months
Historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham, the country’s oldest ballpark, has been closed for structural repairs.

“The Friends of Rickwood saved Rickwood Field from the wrecking ball way back in 1992,” said Gerald Watkins, Chairman of the Friends organization. “We have raised and invested over $2 million to preserve, maintain, and market Rickwood as America’s Oldest Baseball Park, a Ruthian effort, considering we only have two employees and an all-volunteer board. The unique public-private partnership we have enjoyed with the City has quite frankly given Rickwood an entire extra generation of life as a working museum, and it is certainly our hope we can preserve the park for the next generation.”

As the nation’s oldest ballpark and one of only two original Negro League home fields left standing, Rickwood Field is considered one of the city’s most precious historical artifacts. HAER, the Historic American Engineering Record (a division of the National Parks Service) has authenticated Rickwood’s historical eminence.
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Thirteen cavities along the first base side are ready to be filled with concrete. By the first day concrete can be delivered eight more areas will be ready. It will take two pours to fill each cavity. A 16 inch bed of gravel was laid and packed. All exposed metal was treated for rust. Prep work on the third base side has already begun. Concrete pours will begin on February 15th.
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$4,285 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 77 people in 13 months
Created May 12, 2017
Funds raised will benefit:
Rickwood Field
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Birmingham, AL
EIN: 582046326
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Rich Spitz
5 months ago

Would love to go to a game at Rickwood. Hope they can fix it up.

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