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City Trying to Bring MLB Game to Bosse Field

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The soonest it could happen is 2024

The city of Evansville is in talks with Major League Baseball to bring a regular-season game to Bosse Field. WNIN’s John Gibson has the story:

Mayor’s spokesman Noah Stubbs says MLB would like to host a game at the local ballpark, the third oldest still in use behind Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Boston’s Fenway Park.

But Stubbs says Evansville is out of the running for 2023, making 2024 the soonest possible year for the event.

Major League representatives have visited twice in the past year since the city first made its pitch last August.

The game would require some changes to the old ballpark, including improvements to the playing surface and the dugouts to meet MLB standards.

The mayor’s office says the $2.2 million work would be privately funded.

MLB would bring in extra lighting for the game.

On his Facebook page, Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer says the proposed game has been one of the Winnecke administration’s “secret projects.”

Mayor Winnecke is expected to talk with an MLB official next week about the next steps.

Bosse Field, with its red brick walls and covered grandstand opened in 1915 and hosted Triple-A baseball -- just one level below the big leagues -- from 1970-to-1984.

It has been home to the Class-A Evansville Otters since 1995.

Much of the 1992 movie “A League of their Own” was filmed at Bosse Field.