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.
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