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Over the years, there have been three teams called the Birmingham Barons. The first began play with the formation of the Southern Association in 1901 and remained a member of that circuit until they moved following the 1961 season.

First pitch before a Barons game in 2010.

The second Birmingham Barons began play in the newly formed Southern League in 1964. The team, a Kansas City Athletics affiliate, was renamed the Birmingham Athletics in 1966, and continued to play until 1975, moving away when the city raised the rent on Rickwood Field.

A third Birmingham Barons club was formed when the Montgomery Rebels moved to Birmingham prior to the 1981 season. This team, a Chicago White Sox affiliate, featured NBA superstar Michael Jordan as an outfielder during the 1994 season.

The Barons played their home games at Rickwood Field through 1987, and moved into Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in 1988. Since 1996, they have returned to historic Rickwood Field for one game each season.

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year League Affiliation Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1901 Southern Association none 45-70 7th Sam Mills / Charley Moss none
1902 Southern Association none 39-81 8th Frank Haller / Irvin Wilhelm none
1903 Southern Association none 59-64 5th Tom O'Brien / Farmer Vaughn none
1904 Southern Association none 73-64 4th Tom O'Brien none
1905 Southern Association none 70-61 5th Farmer Vaughn none
1906 Southern Association none 86-46 1st Farmer Vaughn none
1907 Southern Association none 66-73 5th Farmer Vaughn none
1908 Southern Association none 53-82 8th Farmer Vaughn / Carlton Molesworth none
1909 Southern Association none 60-79 6th Carlton Molesworth none
1910 Southern Association none 79-61 2nd Carlton Molesworth none
1911 Southern Association none 76-62 3rd Carlton Molesworth none
1912 Southern Association none 85-51 1st Carlton Molesworth none
1913 Southern Association none 74-64 3rd Carlton Molesworth none
1914 Southern Association none 88-62 1st Carlton Molesworth none
1915 Southern Association none 86-67 2nd Carlton Molesworth none
1916 Southern Association none 69-62 3rd Carlton Molesworth none
1917 Southern Association none 87-66 3rd Carlton Molesworth none
1918 Southern Association none 33-31 3rd (tie) Carlton Molesworth none
1919 Southern Association none 59-77 7th Carlton Molesworth none
1920 Southern Association none 85-69 4th Carlton Molesworth none
1921 Southern Association none 90-63 3rd Carlton Molesworth none
1922 Southern Association none 74-80 5th Carlton Molesworth / Smutter Matthews / Joe Dunn none
1923 Southern Association none 75-74 5th Joe Dunn / Stuffy Stewart none
1924 Southern Association none 54-98 7th Stuffy Stewart none
1925 Southern Association none 67-85 7th Johnny Dobbs none
1926 Southern Association none 87-61 3rd Johnny Dobbs none
1927 Southern Association none 91-63 2nd Johnny Dobbs none
1928 Southern Association none 99-54 1st/2nd Johnny Dobbs League Champs, Lost Dixie Series
1929 Southern Association none 93-60 1st Johnny Dobbs Dixie Series Champs
1930 Southern Association none 85-68 3rd Clyde Milan none
1931 Southern Association none 97-55 1st Clyde Milan Dixie Series Champs
1932 Southern Association none 68-83 5th Clyde Milan none
1933 Southern Association none 76-75 4th Clyde Milan
1934 Southern Association none 64-90 7th Clyde Milan
1935 Southern Association none 59-95 7th Clyde Milan (18-29) / Bill Pierre / Bill Hughes
1936 Southern Association none 82-70 3rd Riggs Stephenson Lost Dixie Series
1937 Southern Association none 75-76 6th Riggs Stephenson
1938 Southern Association Cubs 73-79 6th Fresco Thompson
1939 Southern Association Reds 64-89 7th Dutch Zwilling
1940 Southern Association Reds 70-81 6th Ira Smith
1941 Southern Association Reds 73-79 5th Oscar Roettger
1942 Southern Association Reds 79-73 3rd Johnny Riddle Lost in 1st round
1943 Southern Association Reds 63-76 6th Johnny Riddle
1944 Southern Association Reds 64-75 5th Johnny Riddle / Ted Petoskey
1945 Southern Association Reds 58-82 6th Frank Snyder
1946 Southern Association Pirates 68-84 7th Frank Snyder
1947 Southern Association Athletics 73-80 6th Dick Porter / Ivy Andrews
1948 Southern Association Red Sox 84-69 3rd Fred Walters Dixie Series Champs
1949 Southern Association Red Sox 91-62 2nd Pinky Higgins Lost in 1st round
1950 Southern Association Red Sox 87-62 2nd Pinky Higgins Lost in 1st round
1951 Southern Association Red Sox 83-71 2nd Red Marion Dixie Series Champs
1952 Southern Association Red Sox 64-90 8th Al Vincent (27-34) / Red Mathis (37-56)
1953 Southern Association Yankees 78-76 4th Mayo Smith Lost League Finals
1954 Southern Association Yankees 81-70 3rd Mayo Smith Lost in 1st round
1955 Southern Association Yankees 88-65 2nd Phil Page Lost League Finals
1956 Southern Association Yankees 81-74 4th Phil Page Lost in 1st round
1957 Southern Association Tigers 74-79 6th Johnny Pesky
1958 Southern Association Tigers 91-62 1st Cal Ermer Dixie Series Champs
1959 Southern Association Tigers 92-61 1st Skeeter Newsome Lost League Finals
1960 Southern Association Tigers 83-70 4th Skeeter Newsome none
1961 Southern Association Tigers 89-63 2nd Frank Skaff none
1964 Southern League Athletics 80-60 2nd Haywood Sullivan none
1965 Southern League Athletics 54-85 8th John McNamara none
1981 Southern League Tigers 71-70 3rd/2nd Roy Majtyka
1982 Southern League Tigers 69-74 5th/2nd Ed Brinkman
1983 Southern League Tigers 91-54 1st/2nd Roy Majtyka League Champs
1984 Southern League Tigers 66-81 5th/2nd Roy Majtyka
1985 Southern League Tigers 57-86 5th/3rd Gordon Mackenzie; Mark DeJohn; Frank Franchi; Jerry Grote
1986 Southern League White Sox 70-73 2nd/4th Tom Haller; Bob Bailey
1987 Southern League White Sox 68-75 1st/5th Rico Petrocelli League Champs
1988 Southern League White Sox 62-82 5th/4th Rico Petrocelli
1989 Southern League White Sox 88-55 1st/2nd Ken Berry League Champs
1990 Southern League White Sox 77-67 4th Ken Berry Lost in 1st round
1991 Southern League White Sox 77-66 2nd Tony Franklin Lost League Finals
1992 Southern League White Sox 68-74 6th Tony Franklin
1993 Southern League White Sox 78-64 1st Terry Francona League Champs
1994 Southern League White Sox 65-74 4th/5th Terry Francona
1995 Southern League White Sox 80-64 3rd Terry Francona
1996 Southern League White Sox 74-65 5th Mike Heath
1997 Southern League White Sox 76-62 2nd Dave Huppert
1998 Southern League White Sox 58-82 10th Dave Huppert
1999 Southern League White Sox 73-67 4th Chris Cron
2000 Southern League White Sox 77-63 2nd Nick Capra Lost in 1st round
2001 Southern League White Sox 80-60 2nd (t) Nick Capra Lost in 1st round
2002 Southern League White Sox 79-61 1st/4th Wally Backman League Champs
2003 Southern League White Sox 73-64 3rd/1st Wally Backman
2004 Southern League White Sox 73-66 3rd/1st Razor Shines
2005 Southern League White Sox 82-57 2nd/1st Razor Shines
2006 Southern League White Sox 59-81 4th/4th Chris Cron
2007 Southern League White Sox 62-78 8th Rafael Santana
2008 Southern League White Sox 74-63 2nd Carlos Subero Lost in 1st round
2009 Southern League White Sox 92-47 1st Ever Magallanes Lost in 1st round
2010 Southern League White Sox 53-87 10th Ever Magallanes
2011 Southern League White Sox 71-69 4th Bobby Magallanes Lost in 1st round
2012 Southern League White Sox 63-76 9th Bobby Magallanes
2013 Southern League White Sox 77-63 3rd Julio Vinas League Champs
2014 Southern League White Sox Julio Vinas

[edit] Further Reading

  • Larry Colton: Southern League: A True Story of Baseball, Civil Rights, and the Deep South's Most Compelling Pennant Race, Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY, 2013. ISBN 978-1455511884

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