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Bicentennial Park (RA-Allentown)


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Photo by Elias Dudash

Allentown Dukes (1939) Allentown Fleetwings (1940, 1942-1943) Allentown Wings (1941) Allentown Cardinals (1944-1947) Allentown Ambassadors (1997-2003) Philadelphia Force (2006-2009) Allentown Railers (2012-present)

Bicentennial Park is a baseball and softball stadium in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The ballpark opened in 1939 as Fairview Field, home to the Allentown Dukes, a Boston Braves Minor League farm team. The Dukes, a founding member of the Interstate League, won both the regular-season pennant and defeated the Sunbury Senators in the playoffs. The 1939 Dukes featured future Major League Baseball players Joe Antolick, George Hennessey and Tony Parisse. The next year, the Dukes were replaced by the Allentown Fleetwings, which were affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1941, the team as taken over by the Philadelphia Phillies and renamed again, as the Allentown Wings; they reverted to the Cardinals in 1944 and played their final season at Fairview in 1947. (Allentown would play for the Interstate League title three times in four years, in 1944, 1945 and 1947, but lost each time.) The team moved to Breadon Field, a new ballpark just north of the city in Whitehall Township, on August 6, 1948 after playing on the road until then due to construction delays.

Unused 4" x 6" continental size postcard.

Produced by Richard Arthur, Columbus, OH

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