On this day in Alabama history: KISS played a concert at Birmingham’s Rickwood Field

On this day in Alabama history: KISS played a concert at Birmingham’s Rickwood Field
Rickwood Field, 2010, located in Birmingham, AL, is the oldest surviving professional baseball park in the United States. It was built for the Birmingham Barons in 1910 by industrialist and team-owner Rick Woodward and has served as the home park for the Birmingham Barons and the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro Leagues. Rickwood Field is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

July 23, 1976

The rock band KISS played a concert at Rickwood Field, the nation’s oldest operating ballpark, in Birmingham. Constructed of steel and concrete, a first for a minor-league ballpark, the 7,000-seat Rickwood Field opened on Aug. 18, 1910 and served as the home park for the Birmingham Barons for more than 60 years. In all, more than 50 members of the Baseball Hall of Fame have played at Rickwood Field, including notable Alabamians Mule Suttles, Satchel Paige and Willie Mays. The field now hosts amateur and local teams and the annual Rickwood Classic, a Birmingham Barons throwback game that celebrates teams of the past.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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