Little League Museum Listed Among Baseball’s Greatest Attractions
The Little League Baseball World Series has long been on a “bucket list” or a “must see” list for many people, particularly baseball fans.
Now the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum can claim a spot among the top places to visit in baseball.
The website, CNBC.com, recently put together a story on the “Greatest Baseball Attractions” for the Slideshow part of its news section and included the Little League Museum as one of the 11 places people should visit.
- The Little League Museum was included in the feature along with:
- Field of Dreams; Dyersville, Iowa
- Negro Leagues Museum; Kansas City, Mo.
- Louisville Slugger Factory; Louisville, Ky.
- National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum; Cooperstown, N.Y.
- Bergino Baseball Clubhouse; New York City
- Ty Cobb Museum; Royston, Ga.
- Yogi Berra Museum; Little Falls, N.J.
- St. Paul Saints; St. Paul, Minn.
- Lefty O’Doul’s Lounge; San Francisco, Calif.
- Midnight Sun Baseball Classic; Fairbanks, Alaska
The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, located on Route 15 in South Williamsport, Pa., is part of the 72-acre Little League International Complex. The museum is located just above the “famous” terraced hills at Lamade Stadium, the site of the Little League Baseball World Series since 1959.
The two-story, 23,000 square-foot museum chronicles the journey of the youth baseball organization from three teams and 30 players at its inception in 1939 to more than 2.4 million players today around the world making Little League the world’s largest organized youth sports program.
The museum features displays that contain a myriad of artifacts that track the growth and popularity of the organization including signed baseballs, uniforms, documents and other articles collected through the years. The museum also includes a kiosk that features Little League video.
The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Hall of Excellence is also housed in the museum. The Hall of Excellence was established in 1988 to recognize Little League graduates who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their chosen profession and exemplify the values learned as a Little Leaguer. Some of the 43 members of the Hall of Excellence include: former President George W. Bush, Vice President Joseph Biden, actor Kevin Costner, former Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Peter Pace and four Baseball Hall of Fame inductees – Nolan Ryan, Mike Schmidt, Tom Seaver and Cal Ripken, Jr.
Following the Little League Baseball World Series this summer, the Little League Museum will be closing until June 2013 to undergo a complete renovation directed by Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. The new design will include cutting-edge interactives and immersive media. The re-opening in June 2013 will begin a 14-month celebration of Little League’s 75th anniversary.
The website, CNBC.com, included the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in its recent list of the Greatest Baseball Attractions.
The CNBC.com feature on the “Greatest Baseball Attractions” can be found at this link: http://www.cnbc.com/id/46951932?slide=1.
The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum is currently open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on other days by appointment. In June the museum will be open five days a week, closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Beginning in July, the museum will be open seven days a week.
For more information on the museum’s programming, contact Mrs. Janice Ogurcak, Museum Director, at: (570) 326-3607. Admission to the museum is $5 for anyone 14 and older; $1.50 for children ages 5-13; and $3 for senior citizens (62 and over). Children age 4 and younger are admitted free of charge. Group rates and tours are available. The museum also offers birthday parties and after hour facility rentals.