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Meet Rickwood's Black Barons and Gray Sox

Birmingham, Montgomery will take the field as these teams June 18
@thevandalorian
June 12, 2024

On Wednesday, Minor League Baseball revealed the jerseys for MiLB at Rickwood Field, which will feature the host Double-A Birmingham Barons playing as the Black Barons and the Montgomery Biscuits playing as the Gray Sox on June 18. The game is on the second of four days of events --

MiLB pays homage to the Negro Leagues in June

Rickwood Field is one of the many celebrations across the Minors
@RobTnova24
June 6, 2024

On June 18, America's oldest professional ballpark will host a Double-A game between the Montgomery Biscuits and Birmingham Barons with MiLB at Rickwood Field: A Tribute to the Negro Leagues. This game, with Montgomery suiting up as the Gray Sox and Birmingham playing as the Black Barons, will kick off

Barons celebrate HBCU night at Regions Field

Birmingham acknowledges Black history, ‘Divine Nine’ members
@Gerard_Gilberto
April 26, 2024

The biggest moment of the young season for Alsander Womack came during a ballpark celebration that was quite personal to him. During the nightcap of Double-A Birmingham’s doubleheader against Mississippi on Sunday, Womack delivered a game-tying hit in the seventh inning. That knock set the stage for Edgar Quero’s three-run,

Get ready to grab MiLB at Rickwood Field tickets

Presale for Ala. residents for Montgomery vs. Birmingham is open
@JoshJacksonMiLB
April 23, 2024

It’s an absolute lock to be one of the coolest things to happen in the world of baseball this year. It’s less than two months away. And your chance to get tickets to the first game of the event begins this week. This year, for the first time, Minor League

Hammer time: Aaron's Minor League career

Baseball icon honed his skills in Eau Claire and Jacksonville
@BensBiz
April 8, 2024

This article was first published on January 26, 2021.

Ben's Biz: Spokane pays tribute to King Carl

Carl Maxey was Washington state royalty in and out of the ring
@BensBiz
March 8, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE.

JSerra prepped Royce Lewis for his journey

Former No. 1 overall pick learned valuable lessons in high school
@JesseABorek
February 28, 2024

On March 9, 2017, Royce Lewis arrived at the ballpark with added pep in his step. With a plethora of talent evaluators in the stands, Lewis, then a high school senior mere months away from becoming the first overall pick in the MLB Draft, was a powder keg of energy

Honoring Black baseball's rich and storied history

Nine Minor League clubs will celebrate Black baseball history in '24
February 27, 2024

When Jackie Robinson made his debut as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in Spring Training of 1946, his jersey number was not the 42 he'd come to be associated with. That spring in Daytona Beach, and throughout the ensuing season with the Triple-A Montreal Royals, he wore number

Andre Dawson still helping grow the game

Hall of Famer maintains deep connections to Florida A&M, HBCUs
@benweinrib
February 23, 2024

From a very young age, Andre Dawson knew he wanted to be a Florida A&M Rattler. In elementary school, the future member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame attended the Orange Blossom Classic, where the Rattlers football team played annually in his hometown of Miami. The games were intoxicating

Black Barons made Rickwood hallowed ground

Double-A Birmingham will face Montgomery at historic venue
@JoshJacksonMiLB
February 22, 2024

When the Double-A Birmingham Barons host the Montgomery Biscuits on June 18 at Birmingham’s Rickwood Field, and when the Giants face the Cardinals there on Juneteenth, the games will be played on hallowed ground. Rickwood Field was originally the home of two franchises. Opened in 1910, it was built for

Minor Leagues fueled Strawberry's meteoric rise

Coaches, teammates and experience guided 'Straw' to stardom
@MavalloneMiLB
February 21, 2024

Darryl Strawberry doesn't lament where the circuitous route of life has ultimately brought him. He doesn't look back with regret. He does, however, wonder what might have been. His tale is well-known. From high school phenom in Los Angeles to the top of the sports world in New York, the

Legacy continues to grow for Buck O'Neil

First Black coach in AL/NL history, baseball's biggest ambassador
February 15, 2024

Whether it be as a first basemen, a coach or as a scout, Buck O’Neil was a pioneer. Not only was he the first Black coach in AL/NL history, he signed legends such as Ernie Banks, Lou Brock and Joe Carter as a scout. The key was O'Neil's personable approach

Meet the only player drafted No. 1 overall twice

Goodwin selected four years apart in '70s by White Sox and Angels
February 9, 2024

Baseball is unique among the major sports in terms of how common it is for players to be drafted more than once, often including players who are chosen both out of high school and college. Since the inaugural Draft in 1965, 30 players have been picked in the first round

Batboy barrels way into Hall of Fame

Reliford broke Georgia State League color barrier at age of 12
February 8, 2024

This article was first published on Jan. 2, 2007. Joe Louis Reliford simply wanted a job. What he got instead was a place in baseball history.

Claxton created an accidental legacy

Canadian pitcher was first black man on a baseball card
@BensBiz
February 6, 2024

This article was first published on Feb. 22, 2010.

O'Ree gave up baseball for greater purpose

Former Minor Leaguer turned blind eye to color barrier in NHL
February 2, 2024

This article was first published on Feb. 13, 2006. When Willie O'Ree met Jackie Robinson in 1949, Robinson asked him what sports he played. The 14-year-old O'Ree, who was visiting New York because his baseball team won a local championship, told Robinson he played baseball and hockey. Robinson was surprised

Horne made history with 'home run cycle'

Former slugger puts baseball history in perspective
January 29, 2024

This article was first published on Aug. 10, 2006.

Mud Hens pay tribute to Toledo Tigers

Short-lived Negro National League club honored on 100th anniversary
@RobTnova24
October 12, 2023

Baseball history runs rich and deep in Toledo, Ohio. On Sept. 16 at Fifth Third Field, the Mud Hens paid tribute to their roots with a celebration of the Toledo Tigers, the city's first Negro League team, which played just 28 games before being disbanded in 1923. "An entire generation

Wind Surge pay tribute to Wichita's baseball roots

Twins affiliate changes identity to the Monrovians for special game
August 9, 2023

Baseball history is like the ocean: there’s so much yet to be explored and there is always a new story to be found. On Saturday, one of those stories was told when the Wichita Wind Surge paid tribute to the Wichita Monrovians. For the night, the Twins' Double-A affiliate wore

Omaha's celebration of Rockets takes flight

Talent-laden barnstorming club played in area for three seasons
@RobTnova24
July 17, 2023

The Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers celebrated their diversity night by taking the field as the Omaha Rockets, and lived up to that billing by blasting off for an 8-3 victory over Indianapolis. Part of the club's community celebration series, Saturday was Omaha's Negro Leagues Tribute Game at Werner Park. The

Asheville Blues coast to victory again

Tourists commemorate Blues with reimagined jerseys and caps
@RobTnova24
July 15, 2023

The Asheville Tourists morphed into the the Asheville Blues on Friday night, and cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash in front of a sellout crowd at McCormick Field. It was a familiar result for the Blues, who were one of the most successful professional Black baseball teams

Hartford suits up as Schoolboys to celebrate Juneteenth

Yard Goats honor local legend Johnny "Schoolboy" Taylor
@RobTnova24
June 24, 2023

The Hartford Yard Goats took on the identity of the "Hartford Schoolboys" for the first time on Friday night to honor legendary Negro Leagues pitcher -- and Hartford native -- Johnny "Schoolboy" Taylor, as part of the club's Juneteenth/Celebration of Negro League Baseball at Dunkin' Park. Taylor's daughter, Lynette Taylor,

Rickwood Field to host MLB, MiLB games in 2024

Cardinals-Giants, Barons-Biscuits to play at historic ballpark next season as part of Negro Leagues tribute
June 20, 2023

Major League Baseball has announced that Rickwood Field, the oldest professional ballpark in the United States and former home of the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro Leagues, will be the site of a special Regular Season contest between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants on June 20,

Grizzlies, Jumbo Shrimp honor Negro Leagues

Fresno and Jacksonville don alternate identities, salute rich history
@RobTnova24
June 18, 2023

For the second consecutive year, the Fresno Grizzlies transformed into the Fresno Tigers to pay tribute to the 1946 West Coast Negro League baseball team on Friday night at Chukchansi Park. Since scant visual representation of the Fresno Tigers has survived, the club donned newly reimagined Tigers uniforms as part

Lookouts, Barons celebrate the Negro Leagues

Chattanooga, Birmingham honor historic Choo-Choos, Black Barons
@RobTnova24
June 11, 2023

For the second straight season, Double-A Chattanooga celebrated Negro League Appreciation Weekend. The event started on Friday and continued Saturday night as the Lookouts hosted the Barons at AT&T Field. For both games, the two clubs donned commemorative uniforms. The Lookouts suited up as the Chattanooga Choo-Choos to honor the