BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Birmingham Barons announced today that the May 31 game against Chattanooga, presented by Levy's Fine Jewelry, originally scheduled to be played at Rickwood Field, will now be played at 7:05 p.m. at Regions Field. It was announced earlier in the month that due to necessary structural repairs at Rickwood Field, the 2017 Rickwood Classic would have to be relocated to downtown Birmingham.
The Barons and the Lookouts will both still participate in a "turn back the clock" game that night, with both teams wearing their vintage jerseys. The Barons will be celebrating the "Fabulous Fifties" when the team was affiliated with the New York Yankees. The jerseys will be gray with Birmingham across the chest in Yankee blue and the iconic Yankee logo on the sleeves and Yankee blue numbers on the back. These jerseys, however, will not be auctioned off after the conclusion of the game.
"While we are disappointed our annual Rickwood Classic game will not occur in 2017 we are excited to move the game to Regions Field and host a fun Turn Back the Clock Game in which we'll celebrate the Fabulous Fifties and our affiliation with the New York Yankees," Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson said.
During the game, the Friends of Rickwood will be hosting a memorabilia auction to help raise funds for the repairs at Rickwood Field.
The original guest of honor, Juan Marichal, is no longer able to attend due to health reasons. Because of the news regarding Marichal, Mookie Wilson, who played with the New York Mets and was part of one of the most famous plays in World Series history during game six in 1986 when Wilson hit a ground ball through the legs of Bill Buckner, will now be the guest of honor at the game. Previously fans have had a chance to meet Buckner and now they will have a chance to meet Wilson. Wilson will be available to sign autographs during the game and will throw out a first pitch. Tickets for the game are now available online at www.barons.com.
"We are also saddened that Juan Marichal will not be able to attend but wish him a speedy recovery and hope he can join us in the future at Rickwood Field," Nelson added. "We are thrilled to have Mookie Wilson be a part of the game since he was involved in one of the most famous World Series and baseball plays in the history of the game. The 1986 World Series was one of the most entertaining Series that included so many great personalities and we believe having Mookie here will be a treat for our fans."
The Barons will continue their road trip in Montgomery through Monday, and then will be back at Regions Field on Wednesday, May 3rd against the Mississippi Braves, Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. For ticket information, game schedule, promotions calendar or for additional information about Regions Field, call (205) 988-3200, or visit www.barons.com, www.facebook.com/birminghambarons or on Twitter: @bhambarons.
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