The SF Giants are one of the most storied franchises in all of North American sports, with roots dating back to 1883 as the New York Gothams, and since their move West back in 1958, they've been a part of plenty of history.
SF Giants to play historic game in 2024 against the St. Louis Cardinals
That will continue in 2024, as the team will battle the St. Louis Cardinals at the oldest baseball field in the United States, Rickwood Field, built for the Birmingham Barons back in 1910, and was used for the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro League.
This game comes on the back of the incredibly fun and successful 'Field of Dreams' games that have taken place over the past few seasons, and with unique settings clearly a draw for the MLB, they appear to be expanding as the years go on.
Of course, this is not the first time that San Francisco has been selected for a game in a unqiue location. Earlier this season, the Giants and San Diego Padres faced off in a two-game series in Mexico City. While the experience was fun, the Giants and Padres due combine for 37 runs due in part to the high-altitude enviironment.
Now, on June 24, the Giants will take on a National League rival in the St. Louis Cardinals, with the Giants representing baseball at this historic stadium due to their links, as Willie Mays, arguably the franchise's greatest player once called it home.
This is obviously a very special experience for Mays. The Hall of Fame outfield and Giants legend prepared a response to the news:
Hosting games in neutral like Birmingham is a great way to spread the game and recognize the sport's history. The Giants and Cardinals are two of the more historic franchises in baseball, so it is a fitting matchup.
While the Giants are in the midst of a great run right now, the future is very bright with a fantastic young core forming, so when June 24 rolls around next season, they will be looking to put on a show in one of the most historic venues in all of North American sports.