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Bowen Field: Team - Bluefield Blue Jays in Bluefield, WV 24701

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2003 Stadium Drive, Bluefield WV 24701
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2,250; has reported more than 2,550 for baseball (Team Media Guide)
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Toronto Blue Jays - from 2011 (ApL teams are owned by their big-league parent but often operated by a third party; the two-year affiliate cycle does not technically apply but is usually followed)
Rookie-Advanced : Appalachian League - East Division
Stadium Journey Magazine ranking among the 160 AAA, AA, A and Rookie-Advanced: 159
Bowen Field, Bluefield, Virginia, is the home of the Bluefield Blue Jays, the Toronto Blue Jays' farm club in the Rookie-Advanced Appalachian League, and the Bluefield College Rams. Although it has a West Virginia address, it lies in Virginia; a pitch can be fouled from one Virginia into the other. Baseball came to Bluefield in 1882, professional ball followed in 1924 and Bowen opened in 1939. After a 1973 fire destroyed it, it was rebuilt in concrete. Bluefield, which joined the Appy League in 1946, is the only city to have had a team in every Appy season since. George Fanning served as general manager from 1948 until his 1995 death at 86; he personally supervised the field, stadium and front office and helped sign Boog Powell to his first pro contract. The mid-1950s saw three affiliations and a one-season Appy shutdown, but in 1958 Bluefield began a record 53-year affiliation with the Orioles. During that run, the farm club became known as the 'Baby Birds.' Still is; still fits.
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