Bowen Field was constructed in 1939 and rebuilt in 1975 following a fire. Many teams have played here and the stadium is currently the home field of Bluefield Blue Jays of the Appalachian League. Numerous famous names throughout baseball history have passed through and played on this field, including Armando Benitez, Storm Davis, David Dellucci, Sidney Ponson, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Gregg Zaun.
Backstory and Context
The stadium lies on the Virginia side of the state line but is operated by the city Bluefield, West Virginia. The stadium was built in 1939, and renovated following a fire in 1975. Prior to 2010, the field was home to the Bluefield Orioles and was one of the the oldest affiliations between a Minor League team and a Major League franchise.“The Ironman” Cal Ripken Jr. spent his first year of professional baseball playing with the Bluefield Orioles in 1978. Boog Powell, a four time All star and two time World Series championship player played on the field during 1959 at 17 years old.