Little League® Baseball began in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, when Carl Edwin Stotz made good on a promise to his nephews to find a way for children to play baseball like the Major Leaguers of the day. View timeline
Post-World War II families wanted to organize their own Little Leagues. In only a decade, Little League expanded into several states and the first Little League® World Series was played. View timeline
The first Little League® charters outside of the United States are organized; Little League Baseball was now a corporation; and the Little League World Series was won by a team outside the United States. View timeline
Little League® was now a global program with more than 5,500 leagues worldwide. President Lyndon Johnson signed public law 88-378, granting Little League a Federal Charter of Incorporation. View timeline
The Little League® International Board of Directors voted to admit girls into the program and created the Little League Softball program, including a World Series tournament. View timeline
Little League® refined the program and expanded opportunity and availability by creating Junior Baseball for teenagers and the Challenger Division for children with physical and developmental disabilities. View timeline
Little League® Founder Carl. E Stotz passed away; Stephen D. Keener is elected President and CEO of Little League Baseball and Softball; Little League is chartered in more than 100 countries. View timeline
George W. Bush is the first Little League® graduate to be elected President of the United States. Dr. Davie Janie Gilmour is the first female voted as Chairman-Elect of the Little League International Board of Directors. View timeline
The first new division in 14 years is launched with the creation of the Little League® (50/70) Intermediate Baseball Division for players 11-to-13 years of age. View timeline
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World-renowned pop-artist, Charles Fazzino, is working with students from Lycoming and Sullivan Counties to create the official artwork in celebration of Little League’s 75th Anniversary. The finished piece will be revealed at the Little League Baseball® World Series and on permanent display in the World of Little League. Read More
Little League International has started celebrating its 75th Anniversary, and local leagues and volunteers have begun to bring that celebration home to local ball fields. From new 75th patches on uniforms to alumni joining in on Opening Ceremonies, there are a lot of great ideas in the Anniversary Celebration Guide. Miami Springs Little League has already started celebrating at their Opening Ceremonies. Check out this article from the River Cities Gazette about how this league kicked off its 2014 season! (Photo credit: Wally Clark/RIVER CITIES GAZETTE) Read More
The Little League® Pledge was written by Peter J. McGovern, the late president of Little League Baseball, in 1954. It made its first appearance in the February 1955 Little Leaguer® magazine. Its text has remained unchanged in the half-century since then.The text of the Little League Pledge was sent to U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Feb. 22, 1955. President Eisenhower (and every president since then) was a strong supporter of Little League. Today, local Little League programs sometimes choose to recite the Little League Pledge at the start of the season, and some recite it before every game. Read More
As the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia enter the home stretch, some of the most anticipated action in the final days is on the hockey ice. And two of the legends of USA Hockey National teams are two of the legends of the Little League Baseball® World Series. When both the men’s and women’s USA Hockey National teams were on the podium at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, two of those players receiving their silver medals had already seen success on the baseball field, Chris Drury and Krissy Wendell-Pohl.Read More
Since its inception in 1939, Little League® has always been racially integrated. That position came to the forefront in 1955 when the Cannon Street YMCA Little League All Stars, an all black team from Charleston, S.C., could not advance through their state tournament to the Little League Baseball® World Series because of protests. In celebration of Black History Month, read this great profile on the team and their own unique trip to Williamsport written by Little League Hall of Excellence enshrinee, George Will, for the Washington Post.Read More
In 1974, the United States Congress amended the federal charter of Little League® to allow girls to play Little League and Little League Softball® was launched. Now, 40 years later, millions of women around the world can call themselves Little League graduates. In recognition of National Girls and Women in Sports Day on February 5 and the 40th Anniversary of Little League Softball, Little League is announcing a year’s worth of initiatives. Little League Softball currently has 360,000 athletes participating on more than 24,000 softball teams in over 20 countries, with four divisions culminating at a Softball World Series. Read More
2014 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Little League® program. It’s been an exciting 75-year trip around the baseball diamond and into communities. From humble beginnings in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and with assistance from our wonderful volunteers, we’ve grown into the largest and best youth sports organization in the world.
Our 75th Anniversary is not a celebration just in Williamsport. It’s a celebration at local leagues everywhere. We would like to work with local leagues to spread the word of our monumental achievement, and each league’s important role in our success. We invite all leagues to celebrate with us, so we can provide the next generation of players with opportunities to benefit from the Little League experience. Read More
On any given evening during the regular season, approximately how many Little League® games are played per night around the World?
The correct answer is 360,000.
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What famous cartoonist/artist created the Little League® mascot, Dugout?
The correct answer is Walt Disney.
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How much did it cost to sponsor a team in 1939, the first year of Little League®?
The correct answer is $30.
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