Every year, Gatorade honors high school athletes from each state in the U.S. with the Player of the Year awards in 12 different sports. From there, Gatorade selects national players of the year for each sport, and names two Athletes of the Year. When it comes to softball, it’s no surprise that many of the honorees are Little League® graduates.
One of the most respected and revered players in Major League Baseball, he has been celebrated at every stadium he’s visited this year, with presentations featuring everything from a rocking chair of broken bats to the MLB All Star Game MVP honors. But before Mariano Rivera became the best closer in MLB history, he was a Little Leaguer® in La Chorrera, Panama.
The “Little League Road Show,” a training and education component of Little League Baseball and Softball, is gearing up for another year, and will again team with local volunteers to provide education and support to its chartered leagues through a series of clinics and seminars.
Little League Baseball brings joy every year to the many kids who are fortunate enough to play the game.
But the games wouldn’t be possible without the many people who give their time to Little League, including those who bring that extraordinary combination of sweat and unselfishness that no doubt comes from the pure, unbridled joy of the sport.
In late July and throughout the month of August, thousands of teams play tens of thousands of games to become region champions and earn Little League ®World Series berths. To be the best and assume the mantle of champion, teams must defeat their division’s best.
Steve Moff first began volunteering with the Little League Challenger Division® when his children started to participate in the program in Williamsport, Pa. In 2001, he had a child play in the inaugural Challenger Exhibition Game at the Little League Baseball® World Series, and he has been a tireless organizer of the game ever since. He was honored with the 2013 W.
For an extraordinary group of Little Leaguers®, there is a special style of baseball. “It’s open to anybody with a physical or mental delay,” said Sam Ranck, Director of the Little League Challenger Division® “We typically see anybody who cannot participate in the traditional Little League program, but we always encourage leagues to make any adaptations they can to accommodate everybody.”
The banner is going back to Japan. For the second straight season, the Japan Region is Little League Baseball® World Champions, defeating the United States champs from the West Region, 6-4, at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa., on Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 28,119 people.
Chun An Wu led the way with three RBI for the Asia-Pacific champions from Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei, as they used a five-run fifth inning to cruise to an 11-2 victory over the West Region champions from Rio Rico, Ariz., in the Junior League Baseball World Series championship game on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Heritage Park in Taylor, Mich.
In this video, Steve Keener, Little League President & CEO, thanks our volunteers for your incredible commitment to our program, and invites all to celebrate Little League International’s upcoming 75th anniversary in 2014. This is OUR celebration. We couldn’t have 75 successful years without you!
Steve Keener, Little League President & CEO, thanks League Presidents for their incredible commitment to our program, and invites all to celebrate Little League International’s upcoming 75th anniversary in 2014. This is OUR celebration – local leagues around the world including yours! View the video below to hear our important message.
John Perry was a normal 22-year-old. His brother-in-law needed help coaching, so Mr. Perry went to the team’s first practice. That was 40 years ago, and John Perry is still going to Little League® practices.
Chitre Little League from Panama scored the game-winning run on a passed ball as they beat Kennett Square KAU Little League from Pennsylvania, 2-1, at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor, Maine, on Saturday for the 2013 Senior League Baseball World Series title.
Dana Rowley’s pitching led South Tampa Little League to a 10-1 victory over the host team, Kirkland National/American Little League, Saturday evening at Everest Park in Kirkland, Wash. The Southeast Region Champion’s victory is the fifth Junior League Softball World Series Championship banner in the tournament’s 15-year history.
Little League® Baseball and Softball President and CEO, Stephen D. Keener announced today the enshrinement of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and author Harlan Coben into the Little League Hall of Excellence. Governor Christie and Mr. Coben were teammates in the Livingston American Little League in the mid-1970s, and Governor Christie’s father, Bill Christie, was their coach.
For the first time in 23 years, the Little League Softball™ World Series champion is from the West Region. After defeating McLean, Va., 9-0, the Sunnyside Little League team from Tucson, Ariz., became the state’s first-ever Little League Softball World Series champion.
Ottawa was up to the challenge, and behind a solid pitching performance from Angus Adams, East Nepean defeated White Rock South Surrey Little League from White Rock, B.C., 5-1., advancing Ottawa to the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series.
Little League® Baseball and Softball announced today the appointment of Atlanta-based Fermata Partners to manage its retail licensing program. Fermata Partners will assume management of Little League’s existing base of retail licensees, and is charged with extending the stable of Little League licensed brands into additional retail product categories and distribution channels.
Two Little League Challenger Division® teams will get a chance to share the spotlight with the 16 teams participating in the 2013 Little League Baseball® World Series with their own exhibition game. For the third straight year, that game will be broadcast to television viewers across the country, and to millions of people online.
The number-two seed, Newark National Little League of Delaware, came into the final seeking to be only the second team from Delaware to advance all the way to Williamsport. They had the benefit of a powerful offense, having scored 38 runs in the four games they had played, including 15 runs in their semifinal win over Washington, D.C.
Taking advantage of a steady stream of runs, Southern California toppled Northern California 9-0 in the West Regional final Saturday night, Aug. 10, booking a trip to South Williamsport, Pa., for the 2013 Little League Baseball® World Series.
Chad Knight was dominate for Westport Little League, Conn., recording 14 of the his team’s 18 outs by strikeout in a 1-0 victory over Lincoln (R.I.) Little League in the New England Region Championship game at Leon Breen Field on Bristol, Conn., Saturday night.
Indiana District 11 Little League, representing the Central Region, defeated Lombardia Little League from Milano, Italy, of the Europe-Africa Region 5-1 at Bruce E. Layton Field in Sussex County, Del., to clutch the Senior League Softball Championship title Saturday morning.
The hometown favorites are now world champs, thanks to a late-inning rally.
Delaware, the host team of the Big League Softball Little World Series, scored six runs in the fifth inning as they downed Puerto Rico 11-6 at Bruce E. Layton Field in Sussex County, Del.
Chad Lorkowski belted two home runs and struck out 10 to power Michigan’s Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores Little League past Jackie Robinson West Little League from Illinois to win the Great Lakes Region Championship game, 10-3, Saturday afternoon at Stokely Field in Indianapolis.
South Nashville (Tenn.) Little League surrendered three runs in the top of the third inning, but charged back to hang five runs in the bottom of the frame, highlighted by Robert Hassell’s two-run blast, en route to a 5-3 victory over Tuckahoe (Va.) American Little League in the Little League Baseball® Southeastern Region Championship Friday night at Southeast Park in Warner Robins, Ga.
Urbandale (Iowa) Little League battled Minnesota’s Coons Rapid Andover American Little League even through five innings, then took advantage of a passed ball in the bottom of the sixth inning to win the Midwest Region Championship game, 3-2, Friday afternoon at Stokely Field in Indianapolis.
As a Major League Baseball executive, manager and player, Joe Torre has been a baseball ambassador for six decades. Recognizing Mr. Torre’s achievements in baseball and his commitment to the betterment of children through the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, Little League® International is proud to honor him as the 2013 William A. “Bill” Shea Little League Graduate of the Year recipient.
Pitchers Jacob Garza and Jose Sosa combined for a no-hitter, as the team from Texas-West became the first Champion from the United States to win its way to the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.
Dan Vaandering wanted to give his son, Alex, a chance to play baseball. Now, he’s leading the charge for the Little League Challenger Division® in the Pacific Northwest. Little League Baseball and Softball will recognize Mr. Vaandering with this year’s Challenger Award at the 2013 Little League Baseball® World Series.
Mr. McCamey has volunteered with the West Dallas Little League since the league’s inception in 2006. He has coached, umpired, worked on the fields and is currently the league’s vice president, demonstrating his tireless dedication to the league.
The first-ever Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series took place in Livermore, Calif., July 30 through August 5, 2013, and featured six teams from across the United States and four international teams.
Sporting a tournament record of 3-0 and heading into the Little League® Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series Championship Game, Izumisano Little League from Osaka, Japan, the Asia-Pacific Region Champion, had outscored their opponents 41-3 and was going to be tough to beat. In the end, they were.
The Zimmermans have transitioned from a Little League family into a Major League Baseball family with a philanthropic mission. And Little League is honored to recognize Keith and Cheryl Zimmerman as the 2013 George and Barbara Bush Little League Parents of the Year.
In August 2012, Jaylon Fong, then 11, achieved remission from leukemia for the second time in his young life. Just a month earlier, Jaylon closed out the California District 19 Championship Game, getting a sixth-inning strike out and a district championship banner for his West Covina American Little League team.
In the Aikin household in St. Augustine, Fla., it was mom, Robyn, who urged her son, Brad, to play baseball. Little League® Baseball and Softball is recognizing her dedication with the 2013 Little League Mom of the Year award.
Southeast Region Champions, South Carolina District 7 from Greenville, S.C., came into the Big League Baseball World Series Championship game on Wednesday evening undefeated, having outscored their opponents 50-4 during the series in Easley, S.C.
In 1974, Dave Mantlo, of Grand Junction, Colo., was just trying to impress his girlfriend when he volunteered to umpire a Little League game. Now, 49 years later, Mr. Mantlo is still married to that woman, and has been a Little League volunteer ever since. Little League Baseball and Softball will recognize Mr.