Muncy Bank Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field
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Muncy Bank Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, PA, was the home of Williamsport affiliated baseball from 1926 through 2019, ending the tenure as BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field. After that and the Coronavirus pandemic-canceled 2020 season, MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization eliminated the Williamsport Crosscutters and most other New York-Pennsylvania League teams. They then joined the new amateur MLB Draft League.
Susquehanna Bank bought naming rights in 2013, funding a renovation. BB&T Bank bought Susquehanna Bank in 2015, reworking the stadium name. BB&T later merged with SunTrust Bank, what is now Truist Bank did not renew the naming contract, and locally based Muncy Bank stepped in. Another renovation, this time of the field itself, followed during the 2016-2017 off-season. Why so soon? On August 20, 2017, a Major League game was played at Bowman Field. The St. Louis Cardinals faced off against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a nationally televised Sunday night game tied to the 2017 Little League World Series in Williamsport. The MLB Little League Classic is now an annual event still tied to the LLWS. The pandemic killed both events in 2020, but 2021's game was played as scheduled on August 22nd. The 2022 game was also announced: Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox on August 21st. Oddly, given the 2021 name contract change, the online box score of the 2021 Classic during and at least immediately after the game gave the venue as "BB&T Ballpark".
Opened in 1926 as Memorial Field, because it was in Memorial Park, it was renamed in 1929 for J. Walton Bowman – who as president of the Williamsport Grays raised the $75,000 that built the ballpark. "The Bow" is thus 15 years older than the city's more famous baseball entity, Little League Baseball. The city lost its Double-A team, the Williamsport Bills, to Binghamton, NY, in 1991, but a short-season franchise moved from Geneva, NY, in 1994 – one of five NYPL teams that moved that off-season.
Bowman Field currently seats 4,200 fans.
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