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A Guided Tour of Sports in Alabama

Updated on October 20, 2016

Down South Sports

The following list is of Semi-Professional Baseball sports teams in Alabama. Baseball is very popular in Alabama second only to Football. These teams compete in a southern league that has other states involved as well.

1. Birmingham Barons (Baseball) Played in Hoover at the Hoover Met. Michael Jordan once played baseball here during his NBA hiatus.

2. Huntsville Stars (Baseball)

3. Mobile BayBears (Baseball)

4. Montgomery Biscuits (Baseball)

There are a few other semi-pro sports in Alabama but, baseball is the biggest league. Hockey also has a southern league with The Birmingham Bulls leading the way with near sell outs or sell outs every single game.



Evander Holyfield is seen in this photo knocking out James "Buster" Douglas to win his first heavyweight championship.
Evander Holyfield is seen in this photo knocking out James "Buster" Douglas to win his first heavyweight championship. | Source

Boxing

Several famous boxers were born in Alabama including Joe Louis, Evander Holyfield and Eric "Butterbean" Esch. Louis moved to Detroit as a child and Holyfield moved to Atlanta, Georgia but, both were born here in Alabama. Esch appeared on several Mike Tyson PPV under cards. He hit with true power but, he was usually out of stamina unfortunately after six rounds.

Michael "The Godfather" Gibbons won the Golden a Gloves championship three straight years. He has since turned professional. Although he doesn't fight anymore, he made it to the pro circuit.

Deontay Wilder is a world ranked professional Heavyweight boxer on the verge on a title shot. Wilder won a Bronze Medal for America and Alabama in the Olympics. His home gym is the Skyy Boxing Club in Northport, Alabama.

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Alabama Crimson Tide

The Alabama Crimson Tide is one of the most successful college football teams of all time. They are known for their defensive skills on the field.
The Alabama Crimson Tide is one of the most successful college football teams of all time. They are known for their defensive skills on the field. | Source

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Football

College Football is the top sport in Alabama. Below are the three major college teams that we have and some information on each one.

Alabama Crimson Tide: The Tide along with the Auburn Tigers are the biggest events in Alabama sports whenever they compete in games. Bama has set records with all their National Championships. The team has won 15 National Championships so far,

Auburn Tigers: The Tigers command attention whenever they play and the get love from Alabamians. Bo Jackson is the most famous Alabama native to come out of Auburn and make it huge as a professional and he did it in two sports, baseball and football. Auburn has taken home two National Titles in college football.

UAB Blazers: The Blazers have came a long way on a short time but, they still have a long way to go. Unlike Auburn and Alabama, UAB's football program wasn't created until 1989. The Blazers have a loyal and growing fan base and the team continues to improve. It is great for the city of Birmingham.

Whether a team wins or takes a loss in Alabama the fans still party and celebrate. When it comes to college football Alabma has no fair weather fans only loyal ones.

Bo Jackson Football Highlights (Auburn)

Famous Alabama Athletes

Charles Barkley
Bo Jackson
Terrell Owens
Jesse Owens
Joe Louis
Evander Holyfield
Leon Lett
Hank Aaron
Satchel Paige
 
Kenny Stabler
 
Ten of the best athletes that were home grown in Alabama.

Baseball

Their are three main avenues for baseball in Alabama. Below the three are listed with some information on each.

Birmingham Barons: This semi pro team was blessed with the presence of Michael Jordan for a short spell even though M.J. did not perform all that well. The team competes with other teams in Alabama and several other southern states in semi pro baseball.

Auburn Tigers: The Tigers reached the College World Series on four occasions but failed to win. On the other hand Auburn has won six SEC Championships.

Alabama Crimson Tide: The Tide made it to the College World Series finals 5 times. Also, Bama holds a record for SEC wins with over 2,350 victories.

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley had a remarkable college career in basketball with Auburn and an excellent pro career too.
Charles Barkley had a remarkable college career in basketball with Auburn and an excellent pro career too. | Source

Basketball

UAB Blazers: The Trailblazers or Blazers started their basketball program in 1978 and they have had their ups and downs over the decades. They have gone on to appear in 14 NCAA Tournaments.

Alabama Crimson Tide: Bama has gotten to the NCAA Tournament 20 times and reached the sweet 16 on eight different occasions. Some of Alabama's players to go on to lucrative NBA careers are Mo Williams, Jerry Harper and Reggie King.

Auburn Tigers: Sir Charles Barkley from Leeds, Alabama was the best Auburn basketball player to succeed in the NBA. He was awarded the SEC Player of the Year award in 1984. The Tigers have been in the NCAA Tournament 8 times so far.

Fight During Birmingham Bulls Hockey Game

Talladega Super Speedway

Talladega, Alabama hosts many important Nascar events annually. Nascar is one of Alabama's most watched sports and it continues to grow.
Talladega, Alabama hosts many important Nascar events annually. Nascar is one of Alabama's most watched sports and it continues to grow. | Source

Hockey and Nascar

Hockey

Birmingham Bulls Hockey has long been a staple of Alabama sports. They have sold out many games during their time on the ice. Alabama now has only one remaining Southern League hockey team and they are the Huntsville Havoc.

Racing


Talledega Super Speedway hosts Nascar events in Alabama each year. Some great race car drivers were born in Alabama including Red Farmer and Davey Allison from Hueytown, Alabama. Many other drivers have adopted Bama as their own. Drivers such as Neil Bonnett.

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is located in Birmingham, Alabama and the museum houses memorabilia and other items documenting Alabama sports and sportsmen. The building is basically a musuem but it also holds events related to sports occasionally.

Alabama Olympic Medal Winners

Alabama has had Olympic Games success most notably with Jesse Owens for track but others have won medals including Charles Barkley (Gold), Evander Holyfield (Bronze), Deontay Wilder (Bronze), Carl Lewis (Gold, Silver) and Mia Hamm (Gold) among several others who either medaled or at least competed.

Many try for Olympic success and do not make it but if you try your still a winner in my book. Besides the Olympics come every four years and if you do not win you can always come back stronger the next time.

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is located in Birmingham, Alabama and it features Alabama athletes memorabilia, pictures and other items.
The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is located in Birmingham, Alabama and it features Alabama athletes memorabilia, pictures and other items. | Source

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Alabama Crimson Tide Highlights

Location of Alabama Crimson Tide (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

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