1910 Birmingham Barons

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The 1910 Barons at Slag Pile Field

The 1910 Birmingham Barons were the 1st Birmingham Barons team to play at Rickwood Field, built that year by new owner Rick Woodward.

The Barons were part of the 8-team Southern Association. Woodward purchased the team in February from J. William McQueen and immediately drew up plans for a magnificent new ballpark. He retained player-manager Carlton Molesworth after Miller Huggins turned down the job.

Molesworth led the 1910 team in hits with 152 in 144 games. Star pitcher Harry Coveleski started 30 games and compiled a 21-10 record with a 1.21 ERA for the season. Woodward had acquired Coveleski and outfielder Bob Messenger for $1,000 each from the Chicago White Sox.


Opening Day at Rickwood

1910 opening day at Rickwood Field

Woodward set the August 18 game against the Montgomery Climbers as opening day for his new West End ballpark. Many stores and businesses closed to allow employees to attend the game.

Woodward inserted himself into the roster and tossed out the first pitch, a called ball, before turning the mound over to Coveleski. Molesworth scored the first Barons run, but Darrill Pratt gave the Climbers two runs, posting the visitors to a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the 9th. When Climbers pitcher Bill Duggleby put the Baron's leadoff man on base by hitting him with the pitch, Molesworth loaded the bases and tied the game with four consecutive bunts. The next batter, Burleigh Emery, drove in the winning run.


  • Barra, Allen (May 2010) The Old Ball Game. Birmingham magazine

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