1980 - President HW Bush


President George H.W. Bush, a former Little League coach who is elected vice president three months later, throws out the first pitch for the World Series championship game.

Big League Softball is started for players 16 to 18 years old.

Belmont Heights reaches the finals of the Little League Baseball World Series, falling 4-3 to Chinese Taipei. Gary Sheffield and Derek Bell, future Major Leaguers, play for Belmont Heights.