Dubois County Bombers Bring Back the '40s at Iconic League Stadium

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Watch a baseball game on league stadium, home field in the hit movie, "A League of Their Own." Dubois County Bombers, part of the Ohio Valley League, play on this field and showcase the era depicted in the movie.

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Players will wear 1940’s throwback uniforms, ten “Peaches” will be dressed and ready to meet, greet and serve the fans, and “Casey, the Baseball Clown,” is sure to be entertaining to the young and young-at-heart.

Think back to being a kid playing baseball with friends during those long, summer days. A dream would be making it to the “big league,” right? Hoping that maybe, just maybe, a chance would arise to play in a nostalgic stadium filled with memories of star pitchers and ace home-run hitters.

These ideas aren’t just pipedreams this summer for 24 ball players from New York, California, and many points in-between -- members of the Dubois County Bombers team in the Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League. They’re playing at League Stadium, the same field that Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna, and Tom Hanks made famous in the movie, "A League of Their Own" -- a classic about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

This 1992 film was one of 25 recently added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. The Registry was established via the National Film Preservation Act of 1988 to highlight the significance of preserving American’s unique film culture. Films are considered for the Registry if they are at least ten years old, nominated by the public, and “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” To date, only 600 films spanning the period 1897-1999 have been included.

Located in southwestern Indiana, Huntingburg's League Stadium was built in 1894 and renovated by Columbia Pictures for filming “A League of Their Own.” The home field for the League’s “Rockford Peaches” still has original advertisements from the movie along the outfield fence of the ballpark. The stadium was used again in 1995 for making the HBO movie, “Soul of the Game,” which focused on Negro League baseball. Several professional teams with the Heartland League and Frontier League played hardball in the stadium in the late 1990s until 2002; and collegiate leagues have been enjoying the stadium’s atmosphere since 2005.

Following official wooden-bat rules, the Bombers will play five other teams in the Ohio Valley League including the Fulton Railroaders, Hoptown Hoppers, Madisonville Pirates, Marion Bobcats, and Owensboro Oilers, all located in Kentucky. Forty-five regular season games are scheduled during the evenings of June and July, along with a three-round, post-season playoff schedule.

This summer, the new owners of the Dubois County Bombers are creating a game experience that will take fans “back to a slower pace of life – a lifestyle prior to the hectic world of iPhones, iPads, and iPods … when life was simply enjoyable,” according to Mike Uebelhor, managing partner. Players will wear 1940’s throwback uniforms, ten “Peaches” will be dressed and ready to meet, greet and serve the fans, and “Casey, the Baseball Clown,” is sure to be entertaining to the young and young-at-heart. Inexpensive ticket prices make this “family fun” affordable, and parking is free at the Huntingburg City Park, where League Stadium is the iconic feature. Summertime doesn’t get much better than this!

For more information about scheduling a trip to see League Stadium and the Dubois County Bombers, please contact the Dubois County Visitor’s Center at 800/968-4578 or visit http://www.visitduboiscounty.com.

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