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Roy Wood Jr. among the personalities in

Rickwood: The Soul of


in honor of the legendary Ballfield and Negro Leagues



June 6, 2024

/PRNewswire/ — America’s oldest professional baseball stadium is not in

new York






It is Rickwood Field, founded in 1910 in

Birmingham, Alabama


Rickwood, home to nearly 200 members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, was the setting for the 2013 film “42” about the groundbreaking baseball legend

Jackie Robinson

and is the former home of the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro Leagues, who signed a 17-year-old in 1948.

Willie Mays

. At

June 18, 2024

A minor league baseball game will be played between the Montgomery Biscuits and the Birmingham Barons – in honor of the heritage of the Negro Leagues, the teams will play as the Montgomery Grey Sox and the Birmingham Black Barons. This will be followed by

20th June

through a special Major League Baseball match in Rickwood between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants.

But first, as the nation prepares for Juneteenth celebrations, a new documentary will be released that honors and explores the history of Rickwood and his original hometown team.

June 11th

Available exclusively on the Very Local app, for free streaming on all mobile phones, tablets and connected TVs.

Rickwood: The Soul of


produced by Burning Sands Productions, explores the legacy and determination of the Black Barons and their fans to overcome injustices in what was once one of the most segregated cities in the country, and even offers a guide for cities across America facing difficult decisions about their aging baseball stadiums. Local celebrities sharing memories in the documentary include area natives, including a former U.S. Senator.

Doug Jones

and popular actor and comedian

Roy Wood, Jr.

“This story is told through the


of Rickwood Field,” said

Laura Ling

VP, Programming at Very Local. “It may be an inanimate object, but it comes alive to tell stories about the ghosts of the past and the promise of tomorrow. Rickwood is the


‘Field of Dreams.'”

“The magic and history of Rickwood Field could surprise even the most seasoned baseball fan,” said

Michael Fountain

the executive producer of the documentary. “When a visitor sits in the stands behind home plate and looks out at the field, he can’t help but travel back in time and imagine the greats who played or coached on that field.”

Hearst Television’s Birmingham station, WVTM-TV, will also broadcast a special this month,

Rickwood Field: A Return to Glory,

which will also be available to stream on Very Local.

About Very Local

Very Local is the only streaming service that brings you closer to your hometown and beyond than ever before, offering 24/7 access to local news, weather, documentaries, original series and more. A subsidiary of Hearst Television, Very Local is the exclusive streaming home for local news from all Hearst Television news channels serving 27 media markets. For more information, visit

or find the FREE Very Local app on mobile phones, tablets, and connected TVs including Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, and VIZIO.

About Hearst Television

Hearst Television

owns and/or operates 35 television and two radio stations serving 27 media markets in 39 states and reaching over 22 million U.S. television households. Through its partnership with nearly all major networks, Hearst Television distributes national content through more than 120 video channels, including programming from ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, MY Net, MeTV, Estrella and more. The radio stations are leaders in


News/talk shows and rock music. Hearst Media Production Group produces original programming for linear and streaming platforms for domestic and international distribution. The Very Local app, which can be downloaded for free on OTT devices in the home and is available through popular streaming services, provides 24/7 access to local news, weather and a range of local and regional programming. Hearst Television is recognized as one of the industry’s leaders and has won numerous awards for outstanding journalism, industry innovation and community service. Hearst Television is a wholly owned subsidiary of



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