10 Ways to Enjoy America’s Pastime
Batter up! Baseball season is in full swing, and there’s no better time to enjoy America’s pastime than checking out Pennsylvania’s many ballparks.
Whether you’re headed to Williamsport for the International League World Series, want to support a local minor league team, or looking for a great day at the ballpark with the family, we’ve got something for you. So grab your peanuts and Cracker Jacks, and cheer on your favorite team!
1. Little League World Series
Every year, the top 16 Little League baseball teams from more than 6,000 leagues across the country gather in Williamsport to compete for the World Series Championship title at the annual International Little League World Series! Enjoy watching some of the most talented teams play this year Aug. 17-27. Want to explore while you’re not at a game? Celebrate Little League Baseball at the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum in Williamsport! The recently updated museum and store are designed around a six-inning theme, and feature artifacts and archival materials from the world’s largest organized youth sports program. Baseball lovers can take a self-guided tour complete with a catcher’s station and home plate, or book a group tour in advance.
2. PONY Baseball
PONY Baseball, which stands for Protect Our Nation's Youth, began in Washington, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1951. Today, PONY organizes youth baseball and softball leagues and tournaments for over 500,000 players annually in over 4,000 leagues throughout the United States and over 40 countries world-wide. The 2017 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series will be played in Washington on Aug. 11 – 16. In between games, fans can visit the PONY Baseball and Softball International Headquarters, where guests will be delighted by everything from game-used uniforms, to baseballs, photographs and more – the history of the PONY League World Series is enshrined right here.
3. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Oink, oink! The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, are celebrating their 10th season at Coca-Cola Park. Bring along your appetite for countless bacon-centric goodies, plus the famous Aw Shucks corn on the cob!
4. The Reading Fightin Phils
The Reading Fightin Phils play at FirstEnergy® Stadium, the oldest stadium in the Eastern League. The Fightin Phils have one of the longest affiliations in Minor League Baseball™.
5. The Altoona Curve
Altoona was built around railroading, and the Altoona Curve has not forgotten that! This Double-A Pittsburgh Pirates-affiliated team was named after the curveball pitch and is sure to provide a fun night of baseball! Join them on Aug. 25th for a special Back to School night where the first 1,000 fans 12 and under will receive a Curve lunch box.
6. The Erie SeaWolves
The Erie SeaWolves are the Double-A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. The SeaWolves, named after a slang term for pirates, play 70 home games a season at Erie’s UPMC Park.
7. The Harrisburg Senators
Located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s state capital, the Harrisburg Senators step up to the plate at FNB Field. Enjoy a great game of baseball while also hanging out with the team’s friendly mascots, Rascal and Grrrrounder! On Aug. 19, the Senators will be promoting their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night with a free pink Senators jersey for the first 1,000 fans.
8. The National Museum of Industrial History
Experience the history of baseball at the National Museum of Industrial History's newest exhibit, “Making America’s Pastime.” The exhibit features iconic memorabilia, including uniforms worn by Bethlehem Steel League players dating back a century, and an interactive section where you can spell out your last name on a jersey!
9. BWP Bat Factory Tours
Get an up-close look at the famous bats used by your favorite players on the BWP Bat Factory Tours in Brookville! Each bat is made from local timber and goes through a seven-step, hands-on quality inspection process that provides the highest quality bat for all levels of play.
10. The Williamsport Crosscutters
The Williamsport Crosscutters, named for the city’s prominent logging heritage that dubbed it “Lumber Capital of the World,” play at Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field — the second-oldest minor league stadium operation in the United States. Since the park’s opening in 1926, the Crosscutters have brought and continue to bring great baseball and entertainment to fans.