New Britain Stadium - New Britain, Connecticut

These pictures are from 1996, when this stadium replaced adjacent Beehive Field, which the program described as "state-of-the-art for minor league fields in the early 80s" where "the press had to report the action from a restroomless trailer at the rear of the third base stands." Even with the new ballpark, the team finished last in the Eastern League in attendance in 1996, and throughout the remainder of the decade. They finally topped the 300,000 mark in 2004.

A plaque near the entrance honors the late Joe Buzas, the Yankees opening day shortstop in 1945 and owner of the Red Sox AA affiliate in various locations from 1957 until 1994, when his dedication to the city of New Britain exceeded that of the parent club. New Britain has had a successful relationship with the Minnesota Twins since 1995. The Joseph J. Buzas trophy is awarded annually to the team that wins the Eastern League championship.

Employee of the month gets towel privileges.

During the early innings of twinight doubleheaders, he's the envy of all those other Rock Cats.
A defensive swing by Ryan Radmanovich makes life easy for plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.

Hardware City is the unofficial nickname of New Britain.

Hardware City Rock Cats was the official name of the team in 1996 and 1997.

The Binghamton Mets have swept a doubleheader.

The radio broadcast was handled by Jim Lucas, Don Wardlow, and Gizmo the Radio Dog. When Tom Nevers slid into third base in the final inning, in less time than it takes to flip over a stat sheet Don had correctly informed his listeners that this was Nevers's seventh triple of the season.

The secret of life is keeping a neat scorecard

PlayerTeam (organization)Seen hereBig league debut
Jason BayBinghamton (Mets)7/2/2002 5/23/2003 (Padres)
Jermaine ClarkNew Haven (Mariners)6/29/2000 4/3/2001 (Tigers)
Michael CuddyerNew Britain (Twins)6/29/2000 9/23/2001
Joe DillonNew Britain (Twins)7/2/2002 5/18/2005 (Marlins)
Jeff FarnsworthNew Haven (Mariners)6/29/2000 4/3/2002 (Tigers)
Jose FloresNew Haven (Mariners)6/29/2000 9/7/2002 (Athletics)
Bobby KieltyNew Britain (Twins)6/29/2000 4/10/2001
Justin MorneauNew Britain (Twins)7/2/2002 6/10/2003
Juan PadillaNew Britain (Twins)7/2/2002 7/16/2004 (Yankees)
Prentice RedmanBinghamton (Mets)7/2/2002 8/24/2003
Jose ReyesBinghamton (Mets)7/2/2002 6/10/2003
Saul RiveraBinghamton (Mets)7/2/2002 5/25/2006 (Nationals)
Luis RodriguezNew Britain (Twins)7/2/2002 5/21/2005
Mike RyanNew Britain (Twins)6/29/2000 9/20/2002
Esix SneadBinghamton (Mets)7/2/2002 9/3/2002
Javier ValentinHardware City (Twins)8/22/1996 9/13/1997

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