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What's More American Than Tom Hanks and Baseball?

If there's one thing that America loves more than Tom Hanks or baseball, it's finding an excuse to celebrate Tom Hanks and baseball at the same time.

His films are infinitely quotable, memorable, and always seem to find a way to touch differing regions of this country with their ingrained Americana. Hanks' film catalog connects him to certain cities across the U.S.A. (most famously with a city that rhymes with "Meattle"). One could argue that Evansville, Indiana ranks with top cities most well-known for Hanks, including the aforementioned Seattle, Philadelphia, and wherever Andy lives in "Toy Story."

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"It was a big-🍑 summer in the Midwest!"

Though our city is not part of the official title of a Tom Hanks movie, the Evansville Region left a big impression on him and his family! Evansville is home to Bosse Field, the cinematic home of the Rockford Peaches, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League team, which appeared in the 1991 film, "A League of Their Own." As Bosse Field opened in 1915, and is the third-oldest ballpark still in regular use for professional baseball, we could reasonably celebrate in the 2024-2025 calendar year the 110th birthday of Bosse Field, the 24th anniversary of "League," and, while we are at it, the 68th birthday of Tom Hanks.

3rd Oldest Ballpark – Bosse Field

There's much to celebrate in the Evansville Region, and Bosse Field and the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League certainly are on that list! Bosse Field was the first municipally owned sports stadium in the United States and is the third-oldest ballpark still in regular use for professional baseball, surpassed only by Fenway Park in Boston and Wrigley Field in Chicago. 

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