In celebrating “The Fabulous Fifties” the Barons will honor the four-year affiliation with the New York Yankees from 1953-56. The Barons were a combined 328-285 over that span led by skippers Mayo Smith and Phil Page for two-seasons each. While they did not qualify for the playoffs, they did finish with a record above .500 in all four seasons. During the 1956 campaign Barons records were set by pitcher Wilson Parsons with 33 starts and infielder Milton Graff with 653 at-bats in one season. Over the years Yankee legends such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Casey Stengel, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra appeared at Rickwood Field as part of exhibition games held at the ballpark. The Barons will wear throwback uniforms from the 1953-56 seasons featuring a gray jersey with Birmingham across the chest in Yankee blue, the iconic Yankee logo on the right sleeve, and Yankee blue numbers on the back. The team will also wear special gray caps with blue bills and a blue B on it. “We are honored to once again turn back the clock and celebrate another special era when the Barons were affiliated with the New York Yankees,” said Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson. “The Rickwood Classic is such a special baseball event for this community and we certainly thank Levy’s Fine Jewelry for their continued partnership in helping us celebrate ‘The Fabulous Fifties.’ We also want to thank the Chattanooga Lookouts and the Minnesota Twins for their participation in the game and of course our great partners, the Friends of Rickwood, who continue to do such a great job in maintaining Rickwood Field. The Rickwood Classic continues to attract fans from across the nation and we look forward to providing another fun and memorable day at Rickwood Field.”

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Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal be the special guest of honor.

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