Statue underscores an unmatched day of baseball locally

With a Major League Baseball game being played tonight at Bowman Field in conjunction with the Little League World Series, the latest addition to the Bases Loaded statue project is fitting.

Unveiled last week, the latest statue at the entrance to Bowman Field is that of an outfielder wearing a Williamsport Crosscutters jersey with a number 26 across it to reflect the first year of the historic ballpark – 1926.

Stitched to the outfielder’s left sleeve is a Little League Baseball patch and on his right sleeve is the MLB Little League Classic logo, reflecting tonight’s Pittsburgh Pirates-St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball game.

While most of those attending the game will be Little League World Series participants and families, Bowman Field and our area will be getting the benefit of a national audience as the game will be broadcast on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.

Hopefully, the nation will see that our community is the ultimate baseball city. No other locale offers the connection between Little League, the minor leagues and the major leagues of our national pastime. And we doubt any other community has two baseball facilities with the heritage and tradition of Bowman Field in Williamsport and the Howard J. Lamade Little League Complex in South Williamsport.

The Little League Complex has its statues.

And now Bowman Field has one of its own.

And today, there will be Little League World Series games during the day at the complex in South Williamsport and Major League Baseball at night in Williamsport. That’s a day of baseball celebration that no community can match.