The Chicago Cubs would take over the new New York Penn League version of the franchise in 1994. This wasn't the first time that Bowman Field had played in the NY-Penn League as they were home to the Single-A Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox from 1968 until 1972 before "going dark" and then returning to the Double-A Eastern League in the 1980's. This time was different however as the new "Williamsport Cubs" brought Bowman Field "permanently" into the NY-Penn League. After 5 years with the Cubs, Williamsport returned to supporting Pennsylvania's Major League teams, signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates for 7 years from 1999 until 2006 upon which time they switched to the Philadelphia Phillies organization ... whom they still play for today. The move to the Pirates in 1999 co-insided with the official name change to the "Williamsport Crosscutters" which the franchise has held ever since.