Birmingham City Council President William Bell
says an investor group has talked of bringing a
new professional baseball team to play in
Rickwood Field if the
Birmingham Barons move to Hoover.
is a possibility that there might be an
organization that generates new activities in
that area," Bell said. The group might include
some of the same people involved in trying to
Continental Basketball Association team to
Birmingham in 1985. Bell also said the group has
been talking about the possibility of organizing
both a baseball and basketball team for the
However, Robert A. Jones, Jr., the lawyer who
represented the investors in 1985, said the
talks have been nothing more than informal
discussions among friends.
Barons owner Art Clarkson said that as long
Barons play in the Birmingham metropolitan
area, a new team would be impossible under the
rules of the National Association of
Professional Baseball. Clarkson also said that
it is not a foregone conclusion that the
Barons will move to Hoover.