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BIRMINGHAM, AL - There a very few ballparks in America like Rickwood Field, that bring back the charm of baseball when it was just about the game.

"That's one of the real symbols of Rickwood Field, the drop-in scoreboard," Tom Cosby, one of the Friends of Rickwood said.

The drop-in scoreboard uses panels to display runs scored for up to 12 innings.

"We have this and there is one at Fenway Park in Boston, the last of a dying breed," Gerald Watkins, Chairman of the Friends of Rickwood said.

The stadium was built in 1910, it's the oldest in the country. The scoreboard was installed in 1928.

"It brings back old-style baseball," Watkins added.  "Back in the days before the high-powered electronics, that's how baseball was communicated to the fans in the seats."

The scoreboard renovated in 2011 to look be a throwback to the 1948-era, with a few minor changes.

"The only electronics you see out there is who's at bat, the strikes, and the balls," Cosby said.  "It's all just drop in letters, it's not very electronic, even now."

If you notice on the Southern Association scoreboard, Atlanta is on the bottom.  For those old school baseball enthusiast, that's not just a coincidence.

"Back in the day, the Crackers were considered the yankees of the minor leagues," Cosby said. "They were one of the toughest teams in the Southern Association. Birmingham and Atlanta were very similar. When they came to town, it was quite a competition."

The Birmingham Barons will play the Mississippi Braves in the annual Rickwood Classic on June 25.

By: Kyle Burger - Follow on Twitter @kyle_burger
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