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PitchSmart152Little League® Congratulates Major League Baseball and USA Baseball on the Launch of the Pitch Smart Program

For 75 years, Little League® has strived to provide children with healthy and safe baseball and softball opportunities. Little League would like to congratulate Major League Baseball and USA Baseball for the launch of their new Pitch Smart campaign, as we continue to work together to make baseball a safe, fun sport for all children
CCLLittle League® International Board of Directors Welcomes Three New Members and Approves 2015 World Series Tournament Dates

At the annual fall meeting of the Little League® International Board of Directors, three new Field Representatives joined the 25-member volunteer Board. Tony Richardson (Neptune, N.J.; New Jersey District 11 Administrator), Bob Toigo (Sammamish, Wash.; Washington District 9 Administrator), and Jolly Gomez (Manila, Philippines; Philippines District 1 Administrator), assumed their seats on Friday, November 14, at the meeting in South Williamsport, Pa., where the Board also approved the 2015 dates for the nine Little League World Series events.
Belisle152Coach David Belisle Nominated As 2014 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year

Cumberland National Little League from Cumberland, Rhode Island, has been to the Little League Baseball® World Series twice in the past four years. Both of those teams have been led by manager David Belisle, whose inspirational post-game speeches at the 2014 Little League Baseball World Series have gone viral and prompted a nomination as the 2014 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.
JRWWhiteHouseVisit1522014 Little League Baseball® World Series U.S. Champions Honored at the White House

Jackie Robinson West Little League from Chicago, a participant in the Little League Urban Initiative program, showed dedication and teamwork on the field to overcome an early-round loss and capture the United States Championship at the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series. Their accomplishments were honored by their fellow Chicago natives, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, when the team was welcomed for a special day at the White House on Thursday, Nov. 6.
Schoop152Little League® Grads Look To Make History at the 2014 Major League Baseball World Series

Each year, Little Leaguers® around the world dream of playing Major League Baseball and winning a World Series. Many of the players on the rosters of the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants got their starts on Little League fields, and one of those teams will be claim the Commissioner’s Trophy.
2014PhotoContest1522014 Little League® Baseball and Softball Photo Contest

Share your 2014 Little League® Photos! To enter the 2014 Photo Contest follow these three simple steps. All entries are due by November 30, 2014.
jeter152Little League® Honors One of its Finest Graduates -- Derek Jeter

You can talk about the records that Derek Jeter holds. You can talk about his championships and the success of the teams he’s been a part of. You can talk about his textbook inside-out swing and his spectacular jump-throws to first. And while all those have contributed to Derek Jeter’s success and popularity, the continual youthful enthusiasm for the game of baseball may be his most impressive trait – a trait that has followed him from Westwood Little League in Kalamazoo, Mich., all the way to the New York Yankees. When Mr. Jeter announced his retirement on February 12, 2014, the sports world started paying homage to perhaps the most iconic baseball player of his generation.
Mikelsen152Little League® International Pays its Respects to Long-Time District Administrator Art Mikelsen

Art Mikelsen, the first Little League® volunteer to serve more than 50 years as a District Administrator, passed away on August 30. He was 90.
llbws152Asia-Pacific wins Little League Baseball® World Series, defeats Great Lakes 8-4

Dong Wan Sin went 2-3 and hit a home run, helping Asia-Pacific to an 8-4 victory over Great Lakes on Sunday at Lamade. He singled in the third inning and homered in the fifth inning. Hae Chan Choi got the win in relief for Asia-Pacific. Choi pitched four innings and allowed three runs.
75th 152Little League® and its National Partners, Honda and Easton, to Provide Support for Pitch In For Baseball in Honor of the Little League Big Legacy Project

In recognition of Little League’s 75th Anniversary, baseball and softball equipment will be provided to eight local Little League programs thanks to the Big Legacy Project donations
slbbwsSouthwest wins Senior League Baseball World Series, defeats Latin America 7-4 in Championship

Southwest beat Latin America 7-4 in seven innings on Saturday at Bangor, Maine behind John Doxakis, who went 2-4. He doubled in the first inning and singled in the second inning. Joe Gobillot got the win for Southwest. He allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings. Gobillot struck out six, walked four and gave up four hits.
jlbbwsAsia-Pacific wins Junior League Baseball World Series, defeats Southwest 9-1 in Championship

Asia-Pacific beat Southwest on Saturday 9-1 at Taylor, MI in seven innings. Asia-Pacific scored three runs in the seventh on Asia-Pacific scored in the seventh on an RBI single by Pei-Fong Dai, an RBI single by Yen-An Lin, and an RBI single by Li-Heng Chen.
jlsbwsEast wins Junior League Softball World Series, defeats Latin America 6-2 in Championship

Jordan Bernard, an RBI single by Maddie Uschock, and a walk by Stacey Walling. Natalie Lopez was hot from the plate for Latin America. Lopez went 3-4 and scored one run. She singled in the second, third, and fifth innings.
75th 152Little League® International Congratulates Rob Manfred, Little League Graduate, on His Election to Become the 10th Baseball Commissioner

As Little League® celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2014, the organization is proud to congratulate Rob Manfred, a graduate of Rome (N.Y.) Little League, on his election as the 10th Commissioner of Baseball. Mr. Manfred will be the first Little League graduate to hold the position, which has been a long-time supporter of Little League Baseball and Softball. Little League found three of Mr. Manfred’s Little League rosters from 1968, 1969, and 1970, in our archives at the World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store.
llbws152South Vancouver Wins 2014 Canada Region Championship

As Little League® celebrates its 75th Anniversary at the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series, the league representing the Canada Region has won its way to compete in South Williamsport. In Valleyfield, Quebec, South Vancouver Little League from British Columbia, Canada, captured the banner as Canada Region Champions with the 4-1 win over Toronto High Park Little League from Toronto, representing Ontario, on Sunday, August 10. With their victory, South Vancouver Little League completes the field of International Region Champions competing in the 2014 Little League Baseball World Series.
llbws152Pennsylvania State Champions Taney Little League from Philadelphia Wins 2014 Mid-Atlantic Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

The spotlight has been on the girls playing in the Mid-Atlantic Region Championship, and Taney Little League's Mo'ne Davis embraced her moment to shine. Newark National LL wasn't able to score a run off of Mo'Ne during her six innings on the mound and Taney LL took home the win, 8-0, capturing the Mid-Atlantic Region Championship and the last spot in the Little League Baseball World Series field of 16 teams.
llbws152Cumberland American Little League wins the 2014 New England Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

Saturday was a rough outing for Nick Croteau, but Cumberland American LL still managed to pull out a 10-6 victory over Fairfield American in six innings at Breen Field. Croteau gave up five in 4 1/3, but the bullpen surrendered one run and the offense banged out 10 to pick up the slack and secure the win for Cumberland American LL.
llbws152Mountain Ridge Little League wins the 2014 West Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

Mountain Ridge LL jumped out to an early lead on Pacifica American LL and captured an 11-2 victory on Saturday at Houghton Stadium. With 10 runs in the first three innings, Mountain Ridge LL left no doubt about the eventual outcome.
llbws152Lynnwood Pacific Little League wins the 2014 Northwest Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

Pacific LL and Bend North LL traded the lead four times on Saturday, but Pacific LL ended up on top with a 6-3 win in six innings over Bend North LL. Pacific LL finally managed to grab the lead after a strong third inning. A two-run error scored Ben Grant and Tyler Durbin and gave Pacific LL the lead for good.
llbws152Jackie Robinson West Little League wins the 2014 Great Lakes Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

Saturday wasn't a banner performance for Joshua Houston, but Jackie Robinson West LL still managed to pull out a 12-7 victory over New Albany LL in six innings at Stokley Field. Houston gave up six in 3 1/3, but the bullpen surrendered one run and the offense banged out 11 to pick up the slack and secure the win for Jackie Robinson West LL.
blsbws152East wins the Big League Softball World Series

Shaina Reed kept DE District three off the board during her eight innings of work and East beat DE District three, 1-0. Reed struck out seven and allowed one walk and seven hits.
slsbws152Central wins the Senior League Softball World Series, defeats West 5-0 in Championship

Nichole Kirkpatrick threw a shutout to lift Central to a 5-0 win over West at Bruce Layton Field in seven innings. Central's Kirkpatrick kept West off the scoreboard for all seven innings she was on the rubber. She pitched a shutout, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate on two hits while ringing up six.
llbws152South Nashville Little League wins the 2014 Southeast Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

South Nashville outlasted Tuckahoe American on Friday after six lead changes, squeaking out a 9-4 win at Warner Robins, GA. South Nashville finally managed to grab the lead after a strong fifth inning. An error scored Brian Garcia and gave South Nashville the lead for good.
llbws152Canyon Lake Little League wins the 2014 Midwest Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

South Dakota - Canyon Lake LL rolled over Nebraska - Kearney LL 15-4 on Friday at Stokley Field after an eight-run rally in the fourth inning. SD-Canyon Lake LL scored in the fourth on a single by Cooper Voorhees, an RBI single by Daniel Vigoren, a two-run home run by Blake Weaver, and a three-run home run by Dylan Richey. The game was back-and-forth heading into the third, with five lead changes.
MussinaCoaching152Mike Mussina, Former Major League Baseball Pitcher, Member of the Little League® International Board of Directors To Be Enshrined in the Little League Hall of Excellence

At the 68th Little League Baseball® World Series in Williamsport, Little League’s celebration of its 75th Anniversary will commence as Mike Mussina’s accomplishments on and off the baseball field will be recognized when he is enshrined in the World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum’s Hall of Excellence. The enshrinement ceremony is set to be held before the World Championship game, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24. Mr. Mussina will be the 48th person to be enshrined in the Little League Hall of Excellence.
Smalley152Former Major League Baseball Player, Roy Smalley, Honored With 2014 William A. “Bill” Shea Distinguished Little League® Graduate Award

With a Major League Baseball shortstop as a father and an uncle who also played and a managed in the big leagues, Roy Smalley III was born into baseball. Mr. Smalley used those lessons first learned from his father and uncle and as a Little Leaguer® at Westchester National Little League in Los Angeles, Calif., to become a professional athlete, a successful businessman, broadcaster, and advocate of youth baseball and softball through his work as the President of Pitch in for Baseball. To recognize those achievements, Mr. Smalley has been named the 2014 recipient of the William A. “Bill” Shea Distinguished Little League® Graduate Award.
llbws152Pearland Little League East wins the 2014 Southwest Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

TX East - Pearland LL East's three first-inning runs built an early lead that helped bring home a 7-3 win over Louisiana - South Lake Charles LL on Wednesday at Norcross Stadium. TX East - Pearland LL East scored in the first on a two-run double by Layne Roblyer and a bases loaded walk by Joshua Gabino.
Rasmus2-152The Parents of Major Leaguers Colby and Cory Rasmus Named 2014 George and Barbara Bush Little League® Parents of the Year

For the family of Tony and Robin Rasmus, Little League® has been a binding thread of their lives. Their four sons (Colby, Cory, Cyle, and Case) have thrived on the baseball field, all four advancing through to the collegiate and/or professional level, but it is the respect for the life lessons learned between the lines and reinforced by Mr. and Mrs. Rasmus that has earned them the recognition as the 2014 George and Barbara Bush Little League Parents of the Year.
int5070152Nogales National Little League wins the Intermediate 50/70 World Series, defeats Puerto Rico 11-4 in Championship

West pounded Puerto Rico on Monday 11-4 at Max Baer Field in seven innings. The game was back-and-forth heading into the third, with four lead changes.
blbws152Florida District 12 wins the Big League Baseball World Series, defeats Puerto Rico 2-1 in Championship

Southeast starter Brian Auerbach doesn't need much run-support when he is on the mound and he showed it on Wednesday at Field one against Puerto Rico. Seven strong innings by Auerbach hoisted Southeast to a 2-1 victory over Puerto Rico in seven innings.
75th 152San Diego, Calif., Little League® Volunteer, Ray Bernal, Honored with the 2014 Howard and Gail Paster Little League Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year Award

For Ray Bernal, a lot has happened in the past five years. He became the president of San Diego American Little League; with the help of the San Diego Padres, he renovated the league’s baseball fields and added a softball field; and he nearly tripled the size of his league, adding Junior and Senior League Baseball divisions, as well as three levels of Little League Softball®. For these accomplishments he was selected as the recipient of the 2014 Howard and Gail Paster Little League® Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year Award.
75th 152Little League Recognizes Ed Wilson of Midland, Mich., With 50 Years of Service, as the Volunteer of the Year Recipient

Becoming a volunteer in 1964, Wilson has served several roles in his 50 years of service. Whether he is coaching, serving on the league’s Board of Directors, or maintaining fields, Ed Wilson constantly strives to make Midland Northeast Little League an environment for kids to learn and grow. Mr. Wilson’s service and dedication make him the perfect recipient for the 2014 Little League Volunteer of the Year Award.
75th 152Orange, Calif., Little League Volunteer, Betsy Wilson, Honored with the 2014 Little League Mom of the Year Award

Juggling the busy schedules of a family of six can be challenging. However, Elizabeth (Betsy) Wilson looks at this task as the joy of motherhood. For the commitment to ensuring her children have meaningful Little League® experiences and for her dedicated volunteer work, Little League Baseball and Softball has named Mrs. Wilson the recipient of the 2014 Little League Mom of the Year Award.
75th 152Houston, Texas, Little League® Volunteer, Joni Fichter, Honored with the 2014 Little League Challenger Division® Award

It is said that giving is the greatest gift of all, and for Joni Fichter, no other statement is truer. For her generosity and dedication to making sure all children in Houston, Texas, have a meaningful Little League experience, Little League® Baseball and Softball has named Mrs. Fichter the recipient of the 2014 Little League Challenger Division® Award.
75th 152Montesano, Wash., Little Leaguer®, Cole Daniels, 12, Honored with the 2014 Little League Good Sport of the Year Award

For Cole Daniels, 12, Little League® is so much more than playing baseball. Cole, a player at Montesano Little League on the Pacific Coast in Washington, is a leader at the Little League fields. With two younger brothers, he takes on the “big brother” role for not just his siblings, but for the entire league. For his display of Little League’s core values of Character, Courage, and Loyalty, Cole has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Little League Good Sport of the Year Award.
2014WSIntlLogo152Miguel Luzunaris Little League from Humacao, Puerto Rico Wins 2014 Caribbean Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

As Little League® celebrates its 75th Anniversary at the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series, the league representing the Caribbean Region has won its way to compete in South Williamsport. In Freeport, Bahamas, Liga Infantil y Juvenil Miguel Luzunaris from Humacao, Puerto Rico, captured the banner as Caribbean Region Champions with the 14-3 win, Elrod Hendricks West Little League from St. Thomas, representing the U.S. Virgin Islands, on Friday, July 25. This will be back-to-back Little League Baseball World Series with a team from Puerto Rico representing the Caribbean Region.
75th 152Major Leaguers and Little League license OYO Sports to produce minifigures of players in their Little League uniforms

Major League baseball players and Little League® Baseball and Softball have licensed Acton, Mass. based OYO Sports to produce collectible minifigures of current and former Major Leaguers featured in their Little League All‐Star uniforms, the parties announced today.
2014-UI-camp152The Urban Initiative Baseball Camp Scholarship Provides Special Experiences, Memories for A Pair of Little Leaguers®

During the last full week of July, the 2014 Little League® Urban Initiative Baseball Camp Scholarship winners enjoyed a trip to Little League International and the opportunity to improve their skills and make their own memories.
russell-uniforms152Russell Athletic and Little League® Introduce New Uniforms for the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series

Russell Athletic and Little League® today announced new uniform combinations for the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series, created and designed specifically to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Little League. The announcement of the new uniforms continues a long-standing relationship between Russell Athletic and Little League Baseball and Softball that dates back more than 30 years.
2014WSIntlLogo152South Moravia Little League from Brno, Czech Republic Wins 2014 Europe & Africa Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

As Little League® celebrates its 75th Anniversary at the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series, the league representing the Europe and Africa Region has won its way to compete in South Williamsport. At the Little League Baseball European Leadership Training Center in Kutno, Poland, South Moravia Little League from Brno, Czech Republic, captured the banner as Europe and Africa Region Champions with the 11-6 win, defeating Catalunya Little League from Catalunya, Spain, on Monday, July 21. This will be back-to-back Little League Baseball World Series appearances for South Moravia Little League, which is also sending a team to the 2014 Little League® Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series.
2014WSIntlLogo152Guadalupe Linda Vista Little League from Guadalupe, Mexico Wins 2014 Mexico Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

As Little League® celebrates its 75th Anniversary at the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series, the league representing the Mexico Region has won its way to compete in South Williamsport. In Monterey, Mexico, Guadalupe Linda Vista Little League from Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico, near Monterey, captured the banner as Mexico Region Champions with the 12-6 win, defeating Félix Arce Little League from Tijuana, Baja California, on Friday, July 11.
frazier152Little League® Celebrates its 75th Anniversary at Major League Baseball All-Star Week in Minneapolis


2014WSIntlLogo152Tokyo Kitasuna Little League Wins 2014 Japan Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

As Little League celebrates its 75th Anniversary at the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series, Tokyo’s Kitasuna Little League will be coming to Williamsport in search of its third world championship. In Tokyo, Japan, Kitasuna Little League captured the banner as Japan Region Champions with a 12-0 win over Toyonaka Little League on Saturday, July 5, and secured a place in the field of 16 for the 68th Little League Baseball World Series.
2014WSIntlLogo152Seoul Little League from South Korea Wins 2014 Asia-Pacific Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

As Little League celebrates its 75th Anniversary at the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series, Seoul, South Korea, will be represented for the third time in that country’s history. In Clark, Philippines, Seoul Little League from South Korea’s capital city captured the banner as Asia-Pacific Region Champions with the 11-0 win over Hong Kong on Sunday, July 6.
2014WSIntlLogo152Coquivacoa Little League from Maracaibo, Venezuela Wins 2014 Latin America Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

As Little League celebrates its 75th Anniversary at the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series, a league from Venezuela with a lot of history will return to South Williamsport this summer. In Managua, Nicaragua, Coquivacoa Little League from Maracaibo, Venezuela, captured the banner as Latin America Region Champions with the 8-5 win, defeating Tomas Munoz Little League from Panama City, Panama on Sunday, June 29. The league will return to South Williamsport, Pa., for the tenth time in the 68-year history of the Little League Baseball World Series.
hannarogers152Little League®-Groomed Talent in the Women’s College Softball World Series

History was made on June 3, 2014, as the Florida Gators defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide, 6-3, winning the school’s first Women’s College Softball World Series (WCWS) Title. For Game 2, Florida manager, Tim Walton surprised everyone by not starting his ace, and Game 1 starter, Hannah Rogers, who lead the way for the Gators all year with 30 wins and an era of just 1.68. Instead, he kept his promise to junior Lauren Haeger and gave her the Game 2 start in the best of three series.
CCLLittle League International Mourns the Passing of Michigan District 13 Administrator Brett Wyatt

Little League International mourns the passing of Michigan District 13 Administrator Brett Wyatt. He was 54.
Challenger 25th Anniversary Logo 152Little League Challenger Division® Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Exciting Year of New Initiatives

As Little League expanded in the 1980s, some local programs were finding ways to incorporate the children with special needs in their communities. And, on June 13, 1989, the Little League Challenger Division® was officially launched at the Little League International Congress, as the organization was celebrating its 50th Anniversary.
2014WSIntlLogo152Schedule Set For the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series

As Little League® celebrates its 75th Anniversary, it is now known how the final celebration, the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series, will begin. On Wednesday, June 11, at Little League Headquarter, Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO, announced the pairings and schedule of this year’s Little League Baseball World Series, taking place Aug. 14-24 at Howard J. Lamade and Volunteer Stadiums.
2014WSIntlLogo1522014 Umpires Selected for Nine Little League® World Series Tournaments

Little League® announced today the 115 umpires who will be working the nine Little League World Series this summer. The premier youth baseball and softball tournament, the Little League World Series schedule kicks off with the Big League Baseball World Series in Easley, S.C. on July 23 and ends with the Little League Baseball® World Series Championship Game in South Williamsport, Pa., on August 24.