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Published On: July 22nd, 2022

Bismarck and Traverse City will each host All-Star Games in the Great Lakes and Great Plains Divisions

Rochester, Minn. – For the Northwoods League’s 30th anniversary in 2023 the League today announced that the Bismarck Larks and the Traverse City Pit Spitters will each host All-Star Games in 2023. This will be the first time that the League will hold two All-Star Games featuring players exclusively from each division.

Bismarck and Traverse City have both been outstanding additions to the Northwoods League. The Larks are consistently drawing sellout crowds to go along with their entertaining in-game experience, while the Pit Spitters have a jewel of a ballpark with amazing views, unique features, and a dedicated fan base.

“Having two All-Star games gives cities that geographically would be unable to host a chance to do so, gives more outstanding players visibility, and highlights the depth of talent produced annually in the Northwoods League’s two divisions,” said Northwoods League Chairman, Dick Radatz, Jr.

The Bismarck Larks will be hosting their first All-Star Game in their seventh season of play.

“Bismarck is honored to host the 2023 Northwoods League All Star Game in the Great Plains Division,” said John Bollinger, Owner/CEO of the Bismarck Larks. “I’m excited for our fans to take part in this amazing event and showcase to the entire league what a SOLD-OUT night is like at historic Bismarck Municipal Ballpark, home of DAKOTA COMMUNITY BANK AND TRUST Field.”

The Traverse City Pit Spitters will also be hosting their first All-Star Game after winning Championships in their first two seasons of play in 2019 and 2021.

“We are thrilled that some of the best college baseball players from around the country will get to experience Traverse City next summer. Having an opportunity to show off our ballpark and this community to fans from all around the NWL is something we’ve been looking forward to since we launched in 2019,” said Pit Spitters CEO Joe Chamberlin. “I know our staff is going to make sure we put on a show and find some exciting ways to highlight why Traverse City is one of the best summertime destinations in the country.”

More information on each game, along with dates and ticket information, will be released at a later date.


The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Now in its’ 29th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 290 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website at and on ESPN+. For more information, visit or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.