Birmingham Black Barons

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The Birmingham Black Barons played in Rickwood Field for over two decades. Hall of Fame outfielders Mule Suttles and Willie Mays played for the Barons from 1923 to 1925 and from 1948 to 1950, respectively.

Birmingham was stop #2 on the professional career path of two superstars: Satchel Paige was partway through his second professional season with the Chattanooga White Sox when they sold his contract to the Black Barons; Willie Mays played his first games under professional contract with the Barons in 1947, although he had played infrequently – and, to protect his high-school eligibility, unsigned – in 1945 and 1946 with the Chattanooga Choo-Choos.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin, ed.: Bittersweet Goodbye: the Black Barons, the Grays, and the 1948 Negro League World Series, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2017. ISBN 978-1-943816-55-2
  • John Klima: Willie's Boys: the 1948 Birmingham Black Barons, the Last Negro World Series, and the Making of a Baseball Legend, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ, 2009.
  • William J. Plott: Black Baseball’s Last Team Standing: The Birmingham Black Barons, 1919–1962, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2019. ISBN 978-1-4766-7788-0
  • Larry Powell: Black Barons of Birmingham: The South's Greatest Negro League Team and Its Players, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2009. ISBN 978-0-7864-3806-8

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