On August 18, 1910 at 3:30 p.m., the gates of Rickwood Field opened to the public for the first time. As more than 10,000 cheering fans watched, the Birmingham Coal Barons triumphed over the Montgomery Climbers 3 to 2.
The park was built by Birmingham industrialist Rick Woodward, who founded the Woodward Iron Company.
Rickwood Field was modeled after Pittsburgh's Forbes Field and Philadelphia's Shibe Park, and like Shibe Park there are no stands in the right field.
Rickwood Field is America's oldest surviving professional baseball stadium, and continues to host baseball games and other events.
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