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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.

The 'Cutters then joined the new amateur MLB Draft League.

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. Williamsport 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.

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 and, after what is now Truist Bank did not renew the naming contract, locally based Muncy Bank stepped in.

Another renovation, this time of the field itself, followed the 2016 season. Why so soon? Because, on August 20, 2017, a Major League game was played at Bowman Field. The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-3, 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 that is still tied to the LLWS. The pandemic killed both events in 2020 but they resumed in 2021.

The Bow is not known to have been home to any Negro League teams, but it hosted at least one game involving one in April 1926. It was also the scene of an actual event many people believe is an urban legend: August 31, 1987: Bills catcher Dave Bresnahan decoyed Reading Phillies runner Rick Lundblade into coming home by throwing a potato into left field in a faked wild pickoff attempt.[1]

The Bow hosted that version of the Bills on a temporary basis that season and the next as the Waterbury Indians were on the move to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA – except they never got there. When the expected SWB stadium didn't happen, they became a new iteration of the Hagerstown Suns. Five years later, in 1993, they finally found a long-term home as the Bowie Baysox.

Bowman Field currently seats 4,200 fans.