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Muncy Bank Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field *
Site of the
Little League Baseball Classic
(2017- )




Bowman Field

DYNAMIC DIAGRAM:
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1926 ( ? ? ) 1950s ( ? ) 2017 (MLB) (under the roof)

COMPARE TO:

Fort Bragg Field
Field Of Dreams
Key to diagrams

* Previously known as "BB&T Ballpark" (2016-2021).

Vital statistics:
Lifetime Seating
capacity
Seating rows
(typical)
Overhang /
shade %
Est. territory
(1,000 sq. ft.)
Fence height  CF
orien- tation
Back-stop Outfield dimensions
Built Status Lower deck Middle deck Upper deck Lower deck Upper deck Fair Foul LF CF RF Left
field
Left-center Center field Right-center Right field
1926 GOOD 2,500 19 75% - - ? ? ? NE (48) 323 (360) 411 (375) 323

(Data in parentheses are estimates.)

BEEN NEARBY: I drove right past Bowman Field while vacationing in the 1990s, but have no recollection of it.

In its never-ending endeavor to increase (or perhaps prevent a further decrease in) its share of the spectator sport market, Major League Baseball announced in March 2017 that a game would be played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania coinciding with the Little League World Series that August. This came on the heels of a similar game played at Fort Bragg, North Carolina the year before. (This was one of the other "Anomalous stadiums" that have been proliferating in recent years.

thumbnail The venue for the Little League Baseball Classic was a local minor league ballpark traditionally known as "Bowman Field," but renamed for banking enterprises. It is currently home to the Williamsport Crosscutters, a summer baseball team for college student-athletes, and is one of the oldest ballparks currently in use in the entire country. It may be compared to Davenport Field, home of the University of Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville.

The inaugural such game (2017) was between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals, and additional games were played in the years that followed -- other than during the covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

Date "Visiting" team Score Nominal "home" team Score
Aug. 20, 2017 St. Louis Cardinals 3 Pittsburgh Pirates 6
Aug. 19, 2018 New York Mets 8 Philadelphia Phillies 2
Aug. 19, 2019 Chicago Cubs 7 Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Aug. 22, 2021 Los Angeles Angels 0 Cleveland Indians 3
Aug. 21, 2022 Boston Red Sox 3 Baltimore Orioles 5
Aug. 20, 2023 Philadelphia Phillies Washington Nationals

In April 2021, it was announced that "BB&T Park" would be renamed "Muncy Bank Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field."

SOURCES: mlb.com, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Virtual Globetrotting, wikipedia.org



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