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
Since January 2014, Little League has celebrated its 75th Anniversary around the world. The 7,000 local Little Leagues have marked the occasion, and there have been wonderful moments throughout the year honoring the Anniversary. The 2014 Little League Baseball World Series, though, served as the exclamation point on an exciting year. During the 10-day tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., just miles from where the first Little League game was played on June 6, 1939, special occasions were held to mark the Anniversary.Read More
At the 2013 Little League Baseball® World Series, Little League® unofficially kicked off its 75th Anniversary celebrations. Now, a year later, the Little League International Tournament will serve as the exclamation point on the end of a year of Diamond Anniversary commemorations.At Little League tournaments around the world, local leagues have been celebrating our Anniversary. With 75th Anniversary “rocker” patches being worn by All-Star teams and special 75th Anniversary banners, the Diamond Anniversary has made it to fields on six continents. Read More
Derek Jeter, Todd Frazier, Troy Tulowitski, Chase Utley and other Little League® graduates won’t be the only Little Leaguers on the diamond during the events at Major League Baseball All-Star Week in Minneapolis, Minn., from July 11-15. This year, 2014, marks the 75th Anniversary of the first Little League season ever played. To celebrate this milestone, Little League will be actively recognized during the 85th Midsummer Classic. To honor Little League’s Diamond Anniversary, a group of Little Leaguers® will march in the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show. Read More
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), a graduate of East Providence (R.I.) Central Little League, visited the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum in South Williamsport, Pa., on Wednesday, July 2, to recognize the 75th Anniversary of Little League. Stephen D. Keener, Little League International’s President and CEO, presented Sen. Toomey with a customized 2014 Mid-Atlantic Region jersey that featured his last name and the number 75, in honor of Little League’s diamond anniversary. The Senator also received a copy of his 1975 Senior League Baseball team roster. Read More
History was made on June 3, 2014, as the Florida Gators defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide, 6-3, winning the school’s first Women’s College Softball World Series (WCWS) Title. For Game 2, Florida manager, Tim Walton surprised everyone by not starting his ace, and Game 1 starter, Hannah Rogers, who lead the way for the Gators all year with 30 wins and an era of just 1.68. Instead, he kept his promise to junior Lauren Haeger and gave her the Game 2 start in the best of three series. Alabama chose a different approach to Game 2. Needing a win to stay alive, Crimson Tide ace, senior, Jackie Traina, went back to the circle after pitching 6 1/3 in a Game 1 loss. Read More
The 75th Anniversary of Little League® was kicked off in grand fashion on June 5, as the Empire State Building was lit in red, white, and blue in honor of Little League. Celebrations will continue around the world to mark the 75th Anniversary of the very first Little League game, which was played in Williamsport on June 6, 1939. Including the Australia Region Little League Baseball Championship game to family-oriented, neighborhood celebrations to a gathering at the birthplace of Little League in Williamsport, Pa., with league staff and friends, local dignitaries, celebrities and local Little Leaguers®. Read More
Parade, the most read magazine in the United States, has dedicated its June 1, 2014 cover to the 75th Anniversary of Little League® and scores of great online features about the world's largest youth sports organization! Steve Rushin, 2005 National Sportswriter of the Year, writes about his own Little League experience and shares the history of the world's largest youth sports organization.Read More
In 1989, the Trumbull National Little League of Trumbull, Conn., captured the hearts of Little League fans everywhere when they won the Little League Baseball® World Series. The winning pitcher on that team, Chris Drury took those lessons from Little League and applied them to become a standout collegiate, Olympic and professional ice hockey player. He's also the only Little League Hall of Excellence Enshrinee to sit on the Little League International Board of Directors. Mr. Drury wrote about what Little League means to him for the Stamford Advocate.Read More
One of the most important on-field relationships is between coaches and their players. One of the most important relationships off the field is between coaches and parents. Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and Little League® have introduced two, free Little League Second-Goal Parent and Little League Double-Goal Coach online quick-courses, designed to make the Little League experience better for parents, players and coaches. There also is a full online training program offered through PCA, if you are interested in the full course, you can visit positivecoach.org for more information. Read More
As part of the local league's 75th Anniversary celebrations, rocker patches are joining the official Little League patch on player and umpire uniforms. One District Administrator, Danny Cavallo (New York 8) has purchased 6,000 of these patches to make sure all the players and umpires in his district in Upstate New York. The Syracuse, N.Y., area has a long Little League history with passionate voluteers. Learn more about their 75th Anniversary celebrations. Read More
The Taylor Hooton Foundation (THF), widely acknowledged leader in the advocacy against Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs (APEDs) abuse by the youth of North America, is teaming up with Little League® Baseball and Softball (LL®) to educate the more than 1 million LL parents, coaches and other adult volunteers as part of the 75th Anniversary of Little League and its steadfast commitment to the health and safety of young people playing baseball and softball.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
What is the name of the first Little League® graduate to play professional baseball?
The correct answer is D. Allen “Sonny” Yearick.
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What state each year hosts two Little League® World Series?
The correct answer is Delaware.
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On what network can you watch the majority of Little League® games each summer?
The correct answer is ESPN.
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