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A rare event in November 2023... all of Birmingham's current mascots in one spot!
(L to R): "Commander" (Squadron), "Toro" (Bulls), "Stanley" (Stallions), "Babe Ruff" (Barons)
 
 

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THE HOME TEAM
MY BROMANCE WITH OFF-BRAND FOOTBALL

by Scott Adamson

Take a trip down Birmingham's pro football memory lane in a new book written by our very own Scott Adamson.

Scott grew up in Birmingham and became a huge sports fan early in life. He went on to become a newspaper columnist here in the Magic City and was able to get closer to most of our old football teams than the rest of us ever could.

THE HOME TEAM is his personal recollection of our pro football past, which we all know is sometimes sad, sometimes funny, sometimes frustrating, but always entertaining. It's a great read.

Order your copy today, and then head over to Scott's wonderful website adamsonmedia.com!
 
     
 
 
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Football  RECENT DISCOVERY... Will Birmingham join the Arena Football League?
  April 30, 2024
     
  Arena Football League logo xxx Back in 1991, the Arena Football League was considering Birmingham as an expansion city for the 1992 or 1993 season.

AFL creator Jim Foster said that "Birmingham definitely does fit the mold. We're looking for markets where the people love football in general."

The problem was finding a workable ownership group that would come forward.

The only person attempting to do so is Gadsden businessman John Ritchie, who owns the Alabama Raiders of the Minor League Football Alliance. Ritchie says he can't afford to own an Arena team but is interested in operating the local franchise. He says he already owns the player equipment and has two years of managing a football organization. His Raiders were 14-1 in the first year last season and are currently 3-0 this season. "I don't want to exaggerate this and I don't want to get people's hopes up, but I'm going to pursue it."

No viable ownership was ever found and Birmingham never joined the Arena Football League.

However, the city did field an indoor football team in 2000. The Birmingham Steeldogs were an inaugural franchise in the AFL's developmental league, arenafootball2, and played until the team folded after the 2007 season.
       
       
Photograph  Peoria Rivermen win 2023-24 SPHL President's Cup.
  April 28, 2024
       
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The Peoria Rivermen defeated the Huntsville Havoc two games to one to win the 2023-24 SPHL President's Cup.

This is Peoria's second SPHL championship.
       
       
Photograph  Oklahoma City Blue wins 2023-24 NBA G League championship.
  April 15, 2024
     
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The Oklahoma City Blue defeated the Maine Celtics in three games to win their first NBA G League championship.
       
       
Photograph  Birmingham Bulls lose in first round of playoffs; 2023-24 season ends.
  April 13, 2024
       
  Birmingham Bulls logo   The Birmingham Bulls finish the 2023-24 season with two straight overtime losses to Evansville.

The Bulls finish with a 39-9-8-3 (W-L-OTL-SOL) record.
       
       
Baseball  Birmingham Barons start 2024 season with shutout home victory.
  April 5, 2024
     
  Birmingham Barons logo   The Birmingham Barons began their 2024 season with a 12-0 shutout victory over the Chattanooga Lookouts.
       
       
Football  Birmingham Stallions begin first UFL season with a road victory.
  March 30, 2024
     
  Birmingham Stallions logo xxx The Birmingham Stallions hit the road and defeated the Arlington Renegades 27-14 to begin their third season and first in the new United Football League.

The game was billed as a battle of last season's champions, as the Stallions won the USFL Championship and the Renegades won the XFL Championship.
       
       
Photograph  Birmingham Squadron end 2023-24 season; miss playoffs.
  March 30, 2024
     
  Birmingham Squadron logo   The Birmingham Squadron closed out their 2023-24 season with a victory but did not win enough games to advance to the playoffs.

The Squadron finished with a 15-19 record.
       
       
National Indoor Soccer League merging into Major League Indoor Soccer.
  March 29, 2024
       
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In a joint announcement, the National Indoor Soccer League will merge into Major League Indoor Soccer "effective immediately".

Not many details were given, but it appears the NISL might continue with their schedule, which includes both the men's and women's Magic City SC squads.

More details to follow as they are available.
       
       
 Birmingham Legion 2 will join USL League Two play in 2024.
  March 26, 2024
     
  Birmingham Legion 2 logo   The Birmingham Legion announce the launch of a USL League Two team that will compete in the upcoming 2024 season. 

"Birmingham Legion FC 2" will provide a new pathway for local, elite, male players between college and professional soccer.

The team's logo will mirror the parent club's logo but with a white "2" in the anvil.

USL League Two is a pathway to professional soccer to develop the next generation of talent on and off the field. USL League Two kicks off its season in May with 128 clubs across 18 divisions. Birmingham Legion FC 2 is in the South-Central Division of the Southern Conference.
       
       
 Birmingham Legion begin 2024 season with road victory.
  March 9, 2024
     
  Birmingham Legion logo   The Birmingham Legion started their 2024 season with a 1-0 road victory over the Phoenix Rising.

Phoenix won the title last season in the USL Championship.
       
       
 Magic City SC begin inaugural seasons with road losses.
  February 4, 2024
       
  Magic City SC logo   Both the men's and women's Magic City SC squads began their inaugural seasons with road losses.

Both squads travelled to Fayetteville to take on the Fury, with the men's squad losing 11-2 and the women's squad losing 11-1.

Next up for both will be home exhibition matches against an unannounced opponent.
       
       
Football  USFL/XFL merger produces United Football League; Stallions safe.
  December 31, 2023
     
  United Football League logo  xxx The merger of the United States Football League and the XFL will produce a new league, the United Football League.

Only two of the teams were announced, the Birmingham Stallions from the USFL and the Arlington Renegades from the XFL. The two reigning league champions will play the opening game in Arlington on March 30, 2024.
       
       
Football  Montreal Alouettes win 2023 Canadian Football League Grey Cup.
  November 19, 2023
     
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The Montreal Alouettes come out on top as they defeat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 28-24 in the 110th Grey Cup.

It was the Alouette's seventh time to win the Grey Cup.

In 1995 the Birmingham Barracudas were members of the Canadian Football League for a single season before folding.
       
       
 Phoenix Rising wins 2023 United Soccer League Championship title.
  November 12, 2023
     
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Phoenix Rising won the 2023 United Soccer League Championship title 3-2 in a penalty shootout against the Charleston Battery after both sides had played to a 1-1 draw through regulation and extra time.

It is the first championship for the Rising franchise.
       
       
Football  The USFL and XFL officially announce intention to merge.
  September 28, 2023
     
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The United States Football League and the XFL have officially announced their intention to merge.

According to the press release, the merge is subject to customary regulatory approvals and if the transaction is consummated, the new league will establish best-in-class operations based on the most recent seasons of both leagues.
       
       
Baseball  Tennessee Smokies win 2023 Southern League title.
  September 26, 2022
     
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The Tennessee Smokies defeated the Pensacola Blue Wahoos to win the 2023 Southern League championship.

This is the Smokies first true championship, but in 2004 due to Hurricane Ivan the Southern League decided to award co-championships to the Smokies and the Mobile BayBears.
       
       
   BirminghamProSports.com debuts official logo.
  September 18, 2023
     
  BirminghamProSports logo   After years of tinkering with ideas, I finally decided on a logo for this website!

I wanted to incorporate a few city symbols in the logo... the Vulcan statue, the old train station sign, and the "All American City" logo the city earned in the 1970's. I never could find a way to incorporate a "Magic City" image, sadly. Vulcan in a top hat was not going to happen.

I also didn't want an exact copy of the Vulcan statue... I think he is quite boring. In mythology Vulcan was ugly, so I made my Vulcan a little wilder looking but tried to accurately copy the statue's hammerhead and apron.

I kept him a grey tone like the statue, and I wanted him to be popping out of the logo. I thought I'd make the train station sign a rusty color to play off Vulcan's grey and if the original sign had never been torn down, I'd think it would have a fair amount of rust on it today.

I've always like the font used at the Vulcan statue and wanted to use something similar, so Art Deco was used. It looks old timey but still looks cool to me.

The bottom portion was taken from the All-American City shield logo. The vertical lines also remind me of the old TCI smokestacks I saw as a youngster growing up in Ensley.

So, that's it. I hope everyone likes it.
       
       
Baseball  Birmingham Barons sold to Diamond Baseball Holdings.
  September 11, 2023
     
  Birmingham Barons logo   The Birmingham Barons announce they have been sold to Diamond Baseball Holdings.

The club will remain the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, led by General Manager & President Jonathan Nelson.

Former owners Jeff and Stan Logan will remain involved with the club in an advisory capacity.

DBH owns and operates select minor league baseball clubs affiliated with Major League Baseball across the country. One of those teams is the Southern League's Mississippi Braves.
       
       
Football  Major League Football postpones inaugural season to 2024.
  August 7, 2023
     
  Major League Football logo xxx The proposed Major League Football has postponed their inaugural season to the fall of 2024.

No reason was given.
       
       
Photograph  Southern Professional Hockey League rebrands as SPHL.
  August 1, 2023
       
  SPHL logo   The Southern Professional Hockey League announces that effective immediately it will simply be known as the SPHL.

The league has branched out in recent years to include teams in both the southeast and midwest United States and feels the old name was too restrictive. “Similar to what the ECHL did in changing from the East Coast Hockey League, our continued success and expansion outside of the original footprint of the league has allowed the hockey world to recognize us simply as ‘the SPHL’,” stated Commissioner Doug Price.

The original league logo will continue to be used, but the words ‘Southern Professional Hockey League’ has been removed.
       
       
 Birmingham Legion WFC end inaugural season with a draw.
  July 2, 2023
       
  Birmingham Legion WFC logo   The Birmingham Legion WFC closed out their inaugural season in the United Soccer League W League with a 1-1 draw.

The Three Sparks went 5-4-3 for the season.
       
       
Football  Birmingham Stallions win back-to-back USFL Championships.
  July 1, 2023
     
  Birmingham Stallions logo xxx The Birmingham Stallions defeated the Pittsburgh Maulers 28-12 to win their second USFL Championship in a row.

The game's MVP was Birmingham's Deon Cain, who had 171 receiving yards and three touchdown catches.

The Stallions have gone 21-3 with two Championships in the two years the league has existed.
       
       
Photograph  Florida Everblades win back-to-back ECHL Kelly Cups.
  June 9, 2023
     
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The Florida Everblades won the 2023 ECHL Kelly Cup, defeating the Idaho Steelheads in the fourth game of the series.

It was the first sweep in the Kelly Cup Finals since 2017, and the fifth in the 34 all-time Riley/Kelly Cup Finals series.

The Everblades won the Kelly Cup title for the second consecutive season and the third time overall.

They are the fifth team in ECHL history to claim back-to-back titles, joining Hampton Roads (1991 and 1992), Toledo (1993 and 1994), Allen (2015 and 2016), and Colorado (2017 and 2018).

The Birmingham Bulls were members of the ECHL from 1992-93 to 2000-01.
       
       
Team Names List
     
    For the teams that suited up and played, you're probably well aware of their team names.

But what about the teams that were proposed but never played any games?

Do you think you know all their names?

You might remember some of them, but I'll bet there are a few you've never heard before.

Click here to check out my page dedicated to all the team names and find out just how good your memory really is!
       
       
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xxxxxx Where do Birmingham teams rank in professional sports? There are three main professional sports divisions; MAJOR LEAGUE, MINOR LEAGUE, and SEMI-PRO. Within each division, there is a spectrum of "more" to "less". For example, in the MAJOR LEAGUE division the National Football League is at the very top and falls on the "more" end of the spectrum. However, the Canadian Football League is also a major league but doesn't compete for the same players as the NFL, so they fall down toward the "less" end of the spectrum. Each division is broken down by sport. Please note that each sport's spectrum is unique to that sport, not in comparison to the other sports in that division.
   
 
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  1983 to 1985
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  1976-77 to 1978-79
 
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  1974
   
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  1975
   
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  1995
   
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  1901 to 1961,
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  Birmingham Squadron
  2021-22 to Present
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  2022 to Present
  Birmingham Bulls
  1992-93 to 2000-01
  Birmingham Legion  
  2019 to Present
  Birmingham Athletics
  1967 to 1975
  Birmingham Bandits
  1991-92
  Birmingham Thunderbolts  
  2001
  Birmingham Bulls
  1979-80 to 1980-81
 
  Birmingham Barons
  1981 to Present
    Birmingham Iron
  2019
  Birmingham South Stars  
  1982-83
 
  Birmingham Black Barons  
  1920 to 1963
    Birmingham Fire
  1991 to 1992
  Birmingham Bulls
  2017-18 to Present
 
      Alabama Vulcans
  1979
  Birmingham Bulls
  1983-84
 
      Alabama Magic
  1982
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  2003-04
 
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  1978
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  1947
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  2000 to 2007
  Pelham Prowlers
  1999-00
  Magic City SC
  2024 to present
  Birmingham ???
  1885
  Birmingham Power
  2001 to 2005
  Birmingham Vulcans
  1961-1962
  Alabama Gunners
  1998-99
 
  Birmingham Ironmakers
  1887
  Birmingham Magicians
  2005-06
  Alabama Outlawz/
  Birmingham Outlawz
  2014 to 2015, 2017
   
  Birmingham Maroons
  1888
  Birmingham Blitz
  2012-13 to 2016-17
  Birmingham Steel
  Magnolias
  2002
   
  Birmingham Grays
  1892
  Magic City Surge
  2017-18 to Present
  Alabama Slammers
  2001
   
  Birmingham ???
  1893
  Magic City Court Kings
  2005 to 2006
     
  Birmingham Bluebirds
  1896
  Birmingham Vulcans
  1947-48
     
  Bessemer Pipemakers
  1912
  Bessemer Whiz Kids
  1947-48
     
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  1948-49
     
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  2017-18
     
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  2010 to 2011
     
    Birmingham Steel
  2010
     
    Birmingham Vulcans
  2017
     
    Alabama Reign
  2017
     
    Birmingham Legends
  2019
     
    Alabama Knights/
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  2022 to Present
     
    Alabama 59ers
  2021
     
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  2021-22
     
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  2008
     
   
   
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