Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Little League Baseball is 75 Years Old

Little League World Series Stadium, Williamsport, PA
Seventy-Five years ago, a man in Williamsport, Pennsylvania had an idea about establishing a baseball league for boys that would teach fair play and teamwork. His name was Carl Stotz and in the summer of 1938 he gathered up his two nephews and some of their neighborhood friends and they began playing some informal games. By the following summer, Carl and two of his friends were the coaches of a league of three teams, sponsored by different businesses in the area, and on June 6, 1939, the first 'league' game took place. 


The next year a second league was formed in Williamsport. It was the beginning of what would become Little League Baseball, which grew to become an international organization of nearly 200,000 teams in every U.S. state and over 80 countries around the world. Stotz' dream had come true.


Little League Used to be for Boys Only


Until 1974, Little League Baseball was for boys only. After a lawsuit, the rules were revised to allow participation by girls in the baseball program. Today, there are over two & a half million players in Little League Baseball worldwide, including both boys and girls in both the baseball league and the softball league.


Little League Begins Their World Series Championships


In 1947, the first Little League World Series was held. Today that event has become internationally known and is held each year in August at the Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, PA, where Little League began. My brother & friends have attended several times and say it is a most enjoyable time. 

Read a story about being in a Little League World Series


Play Ball (LIttle League) is an interesting story for ages 8 to 12 years about two cousins, one a pitcher and one a catcher, who grew up playing baseball and then find themselves in the Little League World Series where their team is on the verge of winning the championship.  

 

 Play Ball! (Little League)



A Little League Baseball Batter
Not only is Little League an excellent training area for kids who love to play baseball, but many professional baseball players have come out of the program over the years. One of my favorites of the current players in the MLB is Lance Lynn, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. Little League Baseball is a wonderful organization and we salute them as they celebrate 75 years.







As a huge Baseball fan, I love talking and writing about baseball.  Did I mention my passion is Baseball? 

*NOTE:  The Little League 75 Year celebration occurred in 2014.  The tradition continues to this day.

4 comments:

  1. How very cool! I had no idea about how little league baseball began or that it had been around for 75 years. I guess we have all know lots of children who have played Little League Baseball, but funny how I never knew it's origin or history. Very interesting indeed.

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    1. I didn't realize how old Little League was either, Mouse, until last week's MLB All-Star Game when they were honored for their 75th anniversary. I love learning new things that are baseball-related. :-)

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  2. Pat, you are a wealth of information and such fun stuff for young baseball players and fans! My son played for the YMCA in Hoklywood, Florida for 6 years (all sports, actually) and I really think I enjoyed it as much as he did!

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  3. My grandsons played baseball and basketball for the YMCA in Georgia years ago. I think team sports for kids teaches important life skills, not just the rules of the game.

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