Once a year, baseball fans from around the globe make a pilgrimage to the fields of Williamsport for a chance to witness history at the Little League World Series (Aug. 14–24, 2014), where the best young players in the world compete to take their place in the baseball record books. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Little League, and the milestone will celebrated at each of the nine 2014 tournaments.
History and Background
The year was 1947, and baseball was on America's mind. That's when the first series took place on the green fields of Williamsport. Sure, the winners made their place in the record books, but more importantly the 2,500 spectators proved that there was a future for the league.
Today, the league is the world's biggest organized youth sports program. There are nearly 200,000 Little League teams in all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 countries. From Japan to Mexico, you'll find kids from small towns and big cities taking the field and chasing the same dream.
Little League Information
This year, you'll find over 40,000 baseball fans packed in to Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport. It's been home to the series since 1959. This is where 16 teams from around the world will compete for the ultimate prize. The top 16 teams for 2014 are as follows:
Great Lakes: Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores LL - Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Mid-Atlantic: Newark National LL - Newark, Delaware
Midwest: Urbandale LL - Urbandale, Iowa
New England: Westport LL - Westport, Connecticut
Northwest: Eastlake LL - Sammamish, Washington
Southeast: South Nashville LL - Nashville, Tennessee
Southwest: Universal LL - Corpus Christi, Texas
West: Eastlake LL - Chula Vista, California
Asia-Pacific: Chung-Ping LL - Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei
Australia: Perth Metro Central LL - Perth, Australia
Canada: East Nepean LL - Ottawa, Ontario
Caribbean: Samaritana LL - San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico
Europe & Africa: South Moravia LL - Brno, Czech Republic
Latin America: Aguadulce Cabezera LL - Aguadulce, Panama
Japan: Musashi Fuchu LL - Tokyo, Japan
Mexico: Municipal De Tijuana - Tijuana, Baja California
Starting with the first pitch of the Big League Baseball World Series on July 23, there will be 33 straight days of exciting Little League Baseball and Softball tournament action, with nine world champions capturing the banners. Find more information about this year's Little League World Series.
There's a lot more happening in the surrounding area, as well. Out here you'll find Clyde Peeling's Reptile Land, stocked with 40 species of reptile for you to gawk at. Then there's Knoebels Amusement Park with lots of rides and attractions for the whole family. You could even cruise the Susquehanna River in style in the Hiawatha Riverboat Cruise. Take a look at what PA has to offer. Whether it's indoors, outdoors, or something in between, you'll find some fun ways to spend your time.
Little League World Series Museum
From its small beginnings in 1939 as a three-team league in Williamsport, through today with millions of participants in countries around the globe, the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum is a tribute to the league, past and present. The museum tells a chronological story of the league’s development. Each year the museum also inducts past Little League graduates into the Hall of Excellence, the most prestigious honor in Little League Baseball. The museum reopened in 2013 with 200 new items on display, featuring a baseball signed by President George W. Bush and Story Musgrave’s complete NASA spacesuit. The new museum and store are designed around a six-inning theme that allows visitors to have a self-guided, educational and interactive experience, featuring 13 audio story moments and nine video story moments, an interactive touchscreen table that connects every local Little League in the world, a catcher’s station and home plate to first base running exhibit.
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