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Bowen Field at Charles A. Peters Baseball Park: Team - Bluefield Blue Jays in Bluefield WV (Sports and Recreation) - Location, Web Address

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Address
2003 Stadium Drive, Bluefield WV 24701
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Phone
304-324-1326
Official Website
http://www.bluefieldjays.com
Capacity
2,250; has reported more than 2,550 for baseball (Team Media Guide)
Affiliated Team
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)
Level/League
Rookie-Advanced : Appalachian League - East Division
Description
Bowen Field at Charles A. Peters Baseball Park, Bluefield, Virginia, is the home of the Bluefield Blue Jays, the Toronto Blue Jays' farm team in the Rookie-Advanced Appalachian League. It also hosts Bluefield College Rams baseball. Despite its West Virginia street address, it's in Virginia; balls can be hit from one Virginia into the other. 'Peters' salutes a renovation donor. The winner of the season series with nearby Princeton gets the Mercer Cup. Baseball came to Bluefield in 1882, professional ball in 1924. Opened in '39, Bowen was rebuilt after a 1973 fire. The only city with a team in every Appy season since 1946 saw three affiliations in the mid-1950s, but '58 started a record 53-year run with Baltimore - thus 'Baby Birds,' which still fits. George Fanning became general manager in 1948, helped sign Boog Powell in '59 and remained GM until he died in '95 at 86. After attendance dropped 18 percent 2009-13, beer sales resumed - but the gate fell another 24 percent through 2017.
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