1965 Birmingham Barons

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The 1965 Birmingham Barons played in the second season of the re-formed, integrated Southern League, as the AA affiliates of the Kansas City Athletics. Unable to capitalize on the on-field success of the 1964 season, manager John McNamara and the '65 Barons finished 54-85, 25½ games out of first place and only 28,001 fans came to watch the team that season (2,005 of which were there for opening day). It was the smallest seasonal attendance in the 55-year history of Rickwood Field. Even the World War I-suspended season of 1918 drew 39,202 fans.

As a result, Barons owner Albert Belcher suspended operations, and Rickwood was without professional baseball for the 1966 season. Kansas City A's owner Charlie Finley transferred his Double-A franchise to Mobile. The franchise would return for the 1967 season, but only after Finley had re-christened the team as the Birmingham Athletics.




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