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Birmingham Resident Lottery launches for tickets to MLB at Rickwood Field

Major League Baseball today announced the launch of the ticketing process for the two premier MLB and MiLB games taking place at Rickwood Field in Birmingham in June.

Tickets for MLB at Rickwood Field, A Tribute to the Negro Leagues, which will host the first-ever official MLB game in the historic ballpark between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, June 20, are exclusive to residents of the state of Alabama . Alabama residents, which will be determined by local zip codes, can begin registering now for the chance to purchase tickets at https://www.mlb.com/events/rickwood/tickets. The registration process for this special lottery closes on Tuesday, April 30.

Major League Baseball and the city of Birmingham will make more than 26% of the approximately 8,100 seats at Rickwood Field available at no cost to Birmingham community or youth organizations.

The special Minor League Baseball game, the first event at Rickwood Field since the last “Rickwood Classic” in 2019, will feature the Montgomery Biscuits and the Birmingham Barons on Tuesday, June 18. The teams will honor the legacy of the Negro Leagues by playing as the Montgomery Gray Sox and Birmingham Black Barons, respectively. Pre-sale of tickets for season ticket holders of both the Barons and Biscuits began Wednesday, April 17, while tickets for the general public go on sale on Tuesday, April 23. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.milb.com/events/rickwood/tickets. The game has historical significance, as semi-professional teams from Birmingham and Montgomery were the first to play at Rickwood Field when it opened in 1910.

Tickets for MLB at Rickwood Field, A Tribute to the Negro Leagues, are exclusive to residents of the state of Alabama. (Wikipedia)

Additional details about the ballpark and community engagement event surrounding these games and Juneteenth will be announced at a later date. The entirety of the events will focus on celebrating the legacy of Negro Leagues players, including the greatest living player – Hall of Famer Willie Mays – and the greater Birmingham community.

Rickwood Field, the oldest professional ballpark in the United States and the former home of the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro Leagues, has hosted some of baseball’s greatest players on its hallowed grounds. These players included Mays, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Cool Papa Bell, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Oscar Charleston, Roberto Clemente, Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby, Rube Foster, Lou Gehrig, Josh Gibson, Monte Irvin, Reggie Jackson, Buck Leonard, Biz Mackey, Mickey Mantle, Connie Morgan, Stan Musial, Satchel Paige, Frank Robinson, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Duke Snider, Toni Stone, Cristobal Torriente, Honus Wagner, Willie Wells and many more. Rickwood Field is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro Leagues called Rickwood Field their home from 1924 to 1960. As a teenager, Mays began his professional career with the Black Barons in 1948. He played with them before embarking on his legendary MLB career as a member of the New York. Giants in 1951. Rickwood Field was the site of the final Negro League World Series game in October 1948, in which Mays’ Black Barons fell to the Homestead Grays in five games.

MLB is partnering with the Friends of Rickwood and City of Birmingham to renovate Rickwood Field by 2024 and transform the National Historic Site to host a Major League game. Current and future information about these events can be found at MLB.com/rickwood.