Professional baseball is coming to Joplin.

Professional baseball is coming to Joplin.

The City of Joplin, who has admitted to have an interest in bringing a professional baseball organization to the town, announced on Friday that professional baseball will return to the city, albeit for one game, on May 12 at historic Joe Becker Stadium.

Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr announced that the Independent Professional Baseball Wichita Wingnuts and the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association will square off in a one game exhibition at Joe Becker at 2 p.m. Tickets for the game is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. Mothers get in free to celebrate Mother's Day.
The stadium, which seats 2,000, currently hosts games at the high school, amateur, collegiate and semi-pro level.

Wingnuts General Manager Josh Robertson said in a release, "We are very excited for the opportunity to showcase two very good organizations within the American Association in the great city of Joplin, Missouri. We hope that this will help start the movement to bring professional baseball back to Joplin."

T-Bones Vice President/GM Chris Browne added, "We're excited to bring the Kansas City T-Bones to Joplin. We look forward to playing in front of the fine citizens of Joplin and showcasing professional baseball in this great city."

Joe Becker Stadium, built in 1913, once housed the early careers of such baseball greats as Mickey Mantle, Joe Garagiola, Ken Boyer and Stan Musial. It was the home stadium to Mantle's 1950 Joplin Miners.

The game could help the city gauge interest in bringing a professional team back to Joplin, possibly as early as 2014.

Said Rohr, "Joe Becker Stadium is a great venue for baseball, and we're eager to have this event in this historic ballpark. Professional baseball was a part of Joplin's history, and it can be part of our future too. We encourage fans of America's greatest pastime to come out for the day."