Southern Association Baseball Conference

Nearly 30 attendees arrived at historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama

Nearly 30 attendees arrived at historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama on October 8 and 9 for the 1st annual Southern Association baseball history conference hosted by the friends of Rickwood. The gathering brought together authors, former players and fans of the ol’ Southern Association and its colorful franchises.

The conference started off on Friday night with a dinner featuring two former New Orleans Pelicans players, catcher Mel Brookey and pitcher Lenny Yochim and their wives. The players regaled everyone with stories of their playing days, especially their strained contract negotiations with the famed Branch Rickey, then General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, of whom the Pelicans were the top farm club of the early 1950’s.

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Originally published: November 2, 2004. Last Updated: November 2, 2004.

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