Little League® Amps up for Grand Reopening of the World of Little League
On September 4, 2012, Little League® Baseball and Softball closed the doors of the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum and started a $4.3 million renovation process. Nine months later, the organization is putting the finishing touches on the museum in preparation for an on-time grand reopening on June 15, 2013.
On Thursday, June 6, the same day that the first Little League game was played in 1939, Little League hosted friends of the organization and special guests to a special sneak preview of the new World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store
, which was designed by Cambridge 7 Associates of Cambridge, Mass. and constructed by Quandel Construction Group, Inc., of Harrisburg, Pa. Little League staff and their families were able to tour the museum earlier in the week.
“We could not think of a better way to celebrate the 74th Anniversary of Little League than by letting some of the people who really helped make this project possible be the first to see the completed World of Little League,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and Chief Executive Officer. “This was a huge undertaking, and we are grateful to our many sponsors, supporters and friends for their vital roles in making this new museum into a celebration of the history, legacy and future of Little League Baseball and Softball.”
The event on June 6 started with a preview of the Putsee Vannucci Photo Gallery exhibit at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Mr. Vannucci was a Williamsport, Pa.-based photographer who captured iconic images of Little League from its inception in 1939. Mr. Vannucci passed away in 2007. The exhibit at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library will feature more than 100 photos from the World of Little League archives and open July 12 and run through August 30.
“With the Putsee Vannucci Gallery, newly renovated World of Little League
and anniversary of the first Little League game, June 6 was truly a celebration of the past, present and future of Little League Baseball and Softball,” said Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, Pennsylvania College of Technology President and Little League International Board of Directors Chairman. “It’s an exciting time in the storied history of Little League, and we’re happy to share some of the iconic images of Mr. Vannucci at Penn College this summer as thousands come to the area for the Little League Baseball® World Series.”
Many of those who made contributions to the new World of Little League
were on hand to see the new museum on June 6, including:
The World of Little League
- Karen Stotz Myers, daughter of Carl Stotz, Little League founder. Mrs. Stotz Myers, along with her husband, Jim Myers, and sister, Monya Lee Stotz Adkins, have loaned the museum multiple Little League artifacts from Mr. Stotz’s personal collection.
- Jill Bauer, QVC Host and daughter of Richard “Hank” Bauer, Jr. Mr. Bauer played in the 1952 Little League Baseball Pennsylvania State Tournament. The museum’s Richard “Hank” Bauer, Jr., Photography Exhibit highlights the top photos from the annual Little League Photo Contest.
- William Bair, Thomas “Tuck” Frazier, Richard Hauser and Allen Yearick: Members the 1939 Little League teams.
- Dr. Creighton J. Hale, former Little League President and CEO.
was made possible in part thanks to generous contributions from ACTIVE Network, the Easton Foundations, First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania and the Richard Bauer Memorial Fund.
“The World of Little League
is filled with historical artifacts, interactive experiences and storied moments that we can’t wait to share with the general public,” said Lance Van Auken, Vice President and Executive Director of the World of Little League
. “Getting this all together is truly a testament to the teamwork that is at the heart of Little League.”
The World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store will open to the public at 9 a.m on June 15.
The museum will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. General admission will be $5. Children under 4 years old are admitted free, and children 5-12 are admitted for $2. The senior admission fee is $3, for those 62 and older. Discounts are available for large groups booking in advance.