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Name: Mecherly Field or Owl Field

Location: Gabelsville Athletic Association
2 Funk Road
Gabelsville, Pennsylvania 19512

Directions:

From Route 100 South: Approximately 2 miles BEFORE Boyertown exit, take the New Berlinville exit (after a Ford dealership). Stay to right off exit and go approximately 1 mile to first stop light. Take a right onto Route 73 West. Go approximately 1 mile. The field is on the right-hand side.

From 309 South to Route 663 South (in Quakertown): Take 663 South to 73 West. Follow to 73 West and go past old Gilbertsville field at Junior.High East. Continue on 73 West for approximately 4 to 5 miles to the main intersection in Boyertown at the National Penn Bank. Continue on 73 West for approximately 1 mile. The field will be on the right. From the old field at Boyertown Junior High East, it is approximately 6 to 7 miles total on 73 west to Gabelsville.

From Reading: Take Route 73 East toward Boyertown. Field is on left hand side just outside Boyertown.

Seats: 150-200 in bleachers, extra seating along fence line for lawn chairs

Concession Stand: Yes - serves hotdogs, hamburgers, pretzels, drinks, and candy.

Field History: Originally swampland and part of an orchard owned by Sheldon Funk, the Gabelsville A.A. baseball field was constructed in 1946. Slag balls from the local Boyertown foundry were used to dry the swampland and to lay a foundation on which it is built. Later, dirt from the orchard was used to level off and fill in the field. Evidence of this work can still be seen as the field appears to be dug into the surrounding hills.