Parks # 115 & 116
What I Remember
I remember that I didn’t drive. I think I did the majority of the driving on our Excellent Adventure, though Sue certainly did a lot too. On this day, however, we were both passengers. We were staying with Sue’s grandmother in Binghamton and Sue’s dad drove us down to Williamsport for the first game of our day/night doubleheader that Sunday and then back to Elmira for the second part.
Bowman Field was, and is, a lovely old ballpark. It was celebrating its 65th anniversary then and so, I suppose, it is 95 now. There is a nice article from the Bills’ program included in the gallery below. Incidentally, I went back to Williamsport two years ago and it was only then that I understood the genesis of the team’s name, which had since been changed to Crosscutters. Williamsport is sometimes referred to locally as “Billtown” as in, Bill short for William. Duh, you would think a William who calls himself Bill would have picked up on that sooner.
The second stop that day was Elmira, the principal city of New York’s Southern Tier. Dunn Field was also a classic, a beautiful grandstand that looked out toward the Chemung River and the characteristic hills of the region beyond. The park is still there and has a team in the summer league the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League but affiliated baseball left Elmira after the 1995 season.
Williamsport Bills 9 Hagerstown Suns 7
Niagara Falls Rapids 4 Elmira Pioneers 1