Pro baseball diamond serves as York cornerstone – 20/31 iconic photos

York Revolution pitcher Matt Ford, left, leads his teammates through the fence in center field for the York, Pa., team’s home opener. Background posts: Revs will easily pass 1969’s full-season attendance stats, ‘Just try Bob, almost everybody’s named Bob’, and York Revs could help teach about American Revs.

Continuing the series of telling York County, Pa.’s, history through images: … .

In clear view: Professional baseball has returned to York when the Revolution of the independent Atlantic League opened at the not-yet-completed Sovereign Bank Stadium in June 2007.
Behind the scene: York reached back into its proudest moment – the American Revolution – to name its new professional baseball team, the first professional baseball team in York since 1969.
The return of baseball and the position of the new stadium between two major redevelopment projects provide a cornerstone to build York’s future. That future includes recreational opportunities, historical tourism, arts and restaurant districts and the attraction of young people to the downtown. Many of these people would be exploring new attractions, akin to John Smith’s explorations of 400 years ago.
Further details: York Revs and York Revolution on
Posts in this series:
400 years ago, John Smith explored Chesapeake Bay – 1/31 iconic images
Declaration signer James Smith tops York County patriot list – 2/31 iconic images
Going to market a longtime York County pastime – 3/31 iconic images
William C. Goodridge: From slavery to success story – 4/31 iconic images

Rebs’ short York visit creates long memories – 5/31 iconic images
Artist Horace Bonham captured everyday life – 6/31 iconic images
York County farm vs. factory tension relieved in overnight raid – 7/31 iconic images
York County stood firmly behind Allies on all fronts in WW II – 8/31 iconic images
Downtown thrived in post-WW II York – 9/31 iconic images
After WWII success, Farquhar sells assets to out-of-town outfit – 10/31 iconic images.
Sears, York County Shopping Center in the middle of things – 11/31 iconic images
Three Mile Island emergency indelibly written into memories – 12/2 iconic images.
People of varying religious groups founded York County – 13/31 iconic images
President Reagan: ‘Harley is back and standing tall’ – 14/31 iconic images
York’s mayor: ‘We are no longer unprotected’ – 15/31 iconic images
Grange Hall represented past way of York County life – 16/31 iconic images.
York County Honors Choir product of proud moment – 17/31 iconic images.
Meeting of riot victims brought hope for racial accord – 18/31 iconic images.
Property rights foundational factor in Lauxmont dispute – 19/31 iconic images.
New baseball diamond serves as York cornerstone – 20/31 iconic images
Season 2 of York’s campaign to come back – 21-23 of 31 iconic images
York on knees as its men storm Normandy beaches – 24-25 of 31 iconic images
One image illustrates two long-neglected subjects in York area – 26-27 of 31 iconic images
Images explain changes in York County factories, farms – 28-29 of 31 iconic images
York County still home to unvarnished beauty – 30/31 iconic images
Latinos most recent migrant group to call York County home – 31/31 iconic images

To see the full series of iconic photos in a special York Daily Record/Sunday News publication, click here.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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