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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

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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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