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Rickwood Field: A Century in America’s Oldest Ballpark

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Review of ‘Rickwood Field: A Century in America’s Oldest Ballpark’

Why preserve an aging ballpark? Allen Barra offers an answer in Rickwood Field, a paean to Birmingham’s 100-year-old stadium, the nation’s oldest.

Barra’s book is somewhat unconventional; it contains a lengthy oral history of Rickwood, a section on other endangered stadiums and a traditional narrative history. It is a labor of love from Birmingham native Barra,…

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