Little League debuts its Child Protection Program. This initiative is designed to expand and organize safety-based initiatives for local leagues and includes annual mandatory background checks for all volunteers who regularly have responsibilities around children.

Sharon Robinson (daughter of the late Jackie Robinson) is a guest at the Little League Baseball World Series.

Future Major Leaguer Lastings Milledge plays in the Little League World Series for a team from Bradenton, Fla.

For the first time, U.S. Regional championship games in Little League Baseball are televised nationally on ESPN2.

The Chinese Taipei Baseball Association decides leagues in Chinese Taipei will not charter with Little League, but re-charters in 2003.

1997 - Play Ball