Major League Baseball announced on Thursday morning that the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St Louis Cardinals will play in the MLB Little League Classic, which will take place in Williamsport, Pa. on August 20th. The game was originally scheduled for PNC Park, but will now take place 200 miles east in Williamsport during the Little League World Series. The game will air nationally on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.

The game will take place at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, the home of the Williamsport Crosscutters of the New York-Penn League. Williamsport was the home of the NYPL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1999 until 2006.

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  1. Word is there will be few if any tickets. If this is during Little League Week (World Playoff Championship) the tickets will be sold/given to Little League team members and possibly also their families.

  2. Williamsburg is in Virginia. Williamsport, home to Little League Baseball and the former home of the Pirates entry in the New York Penn League (Class A-Short Season)(now home to the Philadelphia Phillies Crosscutters in the NY Penn League) is still in the state of Pennsylvania. (Or read the last paragraph of John Dreker’s post.)

  3. Five or six years ago, there would have been 100 comments about how the Pirates have finally found a place to play at their true talent level.

    Ah, progress.

    • Playing on little league field will not necessarily guarantee a lot of offense especially since pitchers would be 46 ft. from home plate!

  4. I wonder if the Pirates will get reimbursed in any way for the lower attendance in Williamsburg compared to PNC.

    • Yes, MLB takes care of the teams that participate in these games. The Cardinals also get compensated because gate receipts are shared in baseball, with the home team getting the higher percentage.

      • I had a friend tell me this yesterday and I just laughed at him. I said there is no way that they would play in a stadium that only holds 4200 people. The dimensions are major league, but that is about all. I love this as I am only 20 miles away from Williamsport. I wonder how I get tickets for this?

        • Get your son or daughter in the little league WS. Tickets are going to the little league players and their families, not being sold to the public.

          • Thanks John. I went to the Pirate web site and they have removed the August 20 date for getting tickets. I used to play little league, but I don’t have any children or grandchildren. It is still close enough that I will go up and hopefully be able to see some of the players.

          • That’s too bad. I wanted to go. I played Little League Baseball. We played a few games in Williamsport in ’85.

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