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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

The
Fazzino
Art
Project

World-renowned pop-artist, Charles Fazzino, worked with students from Lycoming and Sullivan Counties to create the official artwork in celebration of Little League’s 75th Anniversary. The finished piece was revealed at the Little League Baseball® World Series and is on permanent display in the World of Little League. Read More

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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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