Within 3 years Memorial Stadium was renamed in honor of J. Walter Bowman for bringing this fantastic stadium to Williamsport ... the new ballpark was now dubbed "Bowman Field". The Williamsport Grays played like nearly all teams in those days... as a co-op franchise. It wouldn't be until 1932 when the team signed its first Player Development Contract with the Cleveland Indians before moving on in 1933 to sign a 10 year PDC with the Philadelphia Athletics as their Double-A (then Class A) Eastern League franchise. The Grays then served the Washington Senators before signing on after the war with the Detroit Tigers who changed the team's name from the Williamsport Grays to the Williamsport Tigers. With that move came to Williamsport perhaps the greatest player ever to take the field here in this hallowed ballfield. He was only 20 years old and his record was hardly impressive enough to believe that one day he would become a Hall of Famer...