I attended the 18th Rickwood Classic. Four other guys climbed in my van and away to Birmingham we sped.
They honored Negro League players. I was able to get several of them to sign a postcard (not yet scanned) and I spent a few innings talking with them (audio files not yet posted). Russell Patterson gave me his card. He wanted to sign it but his pen had dried up. I got his signature on the postcard. I'm not that worried.
|Russell "Crazy Legs" Patterson|
About the third or fourth inning I sought out Fergie Jenkins, the Guest of Honor. He was in an air conditioned room, signing autographs for free. One per person.
Ferguson Jenkins (card # 494)
I took the opportunity to ask him about baseball cards.
This photo was pre-game. Since the Rickwood Classic honors the Negro Leagues, the teams wear throwback uniforms. The Birmingham Barons wore the 1948 Birmingham Black Barons uniforms. Tennessee Smokies wore a stylized uniform of the mid-1930s Knoxville Giants. I get a bit of credit for supplying some photos that the Smokies management used for the pattern. And apparently I'm a "Knoxville baseball historian" according to the Smokies Radio Network. I helped Nick Roark with some info on the Giants for a story that he did prior to the game. I hope to work with him in the future.
After the game the fans were allowed to take the field. I really like this photo.
One of the guys I attended the game with shot tons of photos. They are amazing. Cliff's photos from the day can be found at his smugmug account. Go look. You'll be glad you did.