New World of Little League Exhibit to Highlight Volunteer Photographers
When the completely re-designed World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store opens to the public on June 15, visitors will have a chance to see some of the best Little League photography from around the world – thanks to the family of the late Richard “Hank” Bauer, Jr.
Mr. Bauer played for the Newville (Pa.) team in the 1952 Little League Baseball Pennsylvania State Tournament at the Original Little League Field in Williamsport. He hit a game-winning home run in that tournament, and for decades spoke fondly of his Little League experience and that moment captured in a photograph that he proudly showed to friends. The photograph and two others from that tournament are part of the Richard “Hank” Bauer, Jr., Photography Exhibit, which highlights the top three photos from the annual Little League Photo Contest.
“Little League International is grateful to Mr. Bauer’s wife Karen Bauer, his daughter Jill Bauer, the Bauer family and The Richard Bauer Memorial Fund for their contribution to the World of Little League in his memory,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League Baseball and Softball President and Chief Executive Officer. “It is certainly appropriate for Mr. Bauer’s lifelong memory of that wonderful moment to be a part of an exhibit that celebrates similar moments captured in photographs by Little League volunteers around the world every year.”
Jill Bauer (left) and her mother, Karen, at the Richard "Hank" Bauer, Jr., Photography Exhibit with the photos of Mr. Bauer's proudest Little League moments.
"I feel so fortunate to have a picture of my dad playing in the original Little League stadium,” said Jill Bauer, a program host for QVC. “It takes me back to one of his most beloved moments in time. He would be so proud that his moment is at the entrance of an exhibit that will share treasured moments of little league players for decades to come."
Following the 2012 Little League World Series, Little League began a $4.3 million renovation to the Peter J. McGovern museum, which opened in 1982. The World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store will have its grand opening on June 15, and will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., seven days a week. 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.