We are not the authority on coolness. But we know cool when we see it.
You can have an endless discussion on which criteria to use when trying to find the Top 10 coolest high school baseball venues in America. So just to leave some room for argument, we are calling this list "10 of the coolest high school baseball venues in America."
Come along and see the slideshow of some spectacular and historic ballparks that high school baseball teams play in. We're sure you might have suggestions, so let us know which ones we should include when we decide to make another slideshow with 10 more.
Rickwood Field - Birmingham, Ala.
Take a step back in time and watch high school baseball in a place where the Negro Leagues, the Southern League and countless other big-ticket attractions took place. The people of Birmingham have done a fine job preserving and updating Rickwood Field.
"Rickwood Field in Birmingham serves as the home baseball field for all but two inner-city high school teams. It is the oldest standing minor league park remaining. It served as home for the Birmingham Barons and Birmingham Black Barons from 1910 until the mid 1980s. It is now a historical site and was renovated to look like a 1920's stadium. It has signs from that era and is used to film scenes for most movies that are from that time period. The movie "Cobb" (about Ty Cobb) was filmed predominantly at the stadium.
"The city threatened to tear it down numerous times but it was salvaged by The Friends of Rickwood – a nonprofit group which took over the stadium and now keeps it manicured. The scoreboard over the left-field wall can still be operated physically by putting up the score by innings with an old pole and lift. Some baseball greats played there, including Willie Mays."- Riley Lee, MaxPreps freelance writer