Williamsport, Pa. — The oft-vandalized Bases Loaded statue has a new look just in time for the Little League World Series next month.

Workers installed a new batter holding a bat set firmly in the ground in the hopes of deterring vandals. The former statue, which had a player swinging a bat, was repeatedly vandalized and the bat stolen several times over the last few years.

In March, police arrested a South Williamsport woman who took the bat home after finding it along Market Street in October. Surveillance videos showed an unknown man jumping on the batter and breaking the bat off before tossing it to the ground.

In July of 2019, workers had to replace the bat after an unidentified vandal broke it off from the main statue. 

The series of sculptures commemorates the history of Little League with twelve individual statues, each depicting different eras in baseball with period uniforms including details from the 2000’s, the ’40’s and ’50’s – even patches from the league’s very first sponsors – embracing the diversity and timelessness of a sport played around the world. It has become an icon representing Williamsport's proud Little League history.