For decades, the story of baseball in Birmingham was two stories. There was the Birmingham Barons, the city’s all-white baseball team once owned by illustrious iron magnate Rick Woodward and, later, businessman Charles O. Finley. And there was the Birmingham Black Barons, the Negro League powerhouse whose ranks included at various times both Satchell Page and Willie Mays.
From Factory to Field: The Dream of Baseball in Birmingham will feature artifacts that will give the Birmingham community a look into the fabled Black Barons and Barons. Rare artifacts including an autographed photo of baseball legend Willie Mays and a 1915 TCI League Championship team photo will be featured.
From Factory to Field: The Dream of Baseball in Birmingham will include new additions to the exhibit that was experienced over a decade ago. New artifacts from The Negro Southern League Museum and a special section honoring Charley Pride, a Birmingham Black Barons legend, will be included.
From Factory to Field runs from May 20, 2021 through January 29, 2022. The exhibit is located in the Linn-Henley Gallery inside Vulcan Center. Vulcan Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit is included in the cost of admission.