Russwood  Park
Memphis Chickasaws
1961-1901
The Southern Assocation was considered one of the "Mother Leagues". Dating back to 1901, many thought the S.A. was a permanent institution... much the same way the Triple-A International League and Pacific Coast Leagues are. After surviving 2 World Wars, the depression and the initial advent of television, the Southern Association suddenly shut down after the 1962 season came to a close. There are rumor of what affected this league and caused its sudden disappearance after so many strong seasons as a leading Minor League Baseball organization. The leading thought however was its refusal to allow black players... even long after Jackie Robinson broke through. Many of the Minor League upper levels were disgusted by the S.A.'s continued prejudice and this may have led to its rather sudden and quite shocking demise. Many of the game's most classic ballparks had called the Southern Association home including Mobile's Hartwell Field, Atlanta's Ponce De Leon Park, Memphis' Russwood Park, Nashville's Sulpher Dell and Birmingham's Rickwood Field. Some moved on to the nearby Double-A Southern League and others never saw play again. The Southern Association  was considered a Class A-1 league in its day and ended its existance under a Double-A classification.
Southern Association Baseball Stadium History (Click on Photo for Gallery of that team):

Ponce De Leon Park
Atlanta Crackers
1961-1907



Tad Gormley Stadium
New Orleans Pelicans
1959-1958


Ray Winder Field
Little Rock Travelers
1961-1960, 1958-1932

Luther Williams Field
Macon Peaches
1961

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Rickwood Field
Birmingham Barons
1961-1910

KNOXVILLE TN

Smithson Stadium
Knoxville Smokies
1944-1931

CHATTANOOGA TN

Andrews FIeld
Chattanooga Lookouts
1929-1911
Engle Stadium
Chattanooga Lookouts
1961-1930

MEMPHIS Tennessee

Tobey Park
Memphis Chickasaws
1961
MEMPHIS Tennessee

Hodges Park
Memphis Chickasaws
1961
LITTLE ROCK AR

Kavanaugh Field
Little Rock Travelers
1931-1915

MOBILE Alabama

Monroe Park
Mobile Bears
1926-1911


Hartwell Field
Mobile Bears
1961-1944, 1931-1927


Patterson Field
Montgomery Rebels
1956

NASHVILLE Tenn.

Sulpher Dell
Nashville Volunteers
1961-1901

Heinemann Park
New Orleans Pelicans
1957-1908

SPAR Stadium
Shreveport Sports
1961-1959