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.
This year, thanks to the support of Baseball Commissioner, Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Little League’s 75th Anniversary was celebrated at all Major League Baseball clubs in the United States with special Little League Days. And, at the MLB All-Star Week, Little League’s Diamond Anniversary was honored when a group of Little Leaguers® marched in the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show. Additionally, three Little League players escorted Twins legend, Rod Carew, to the mound prior to the ceremonial first pitch.
“Little League continues to have a wonderful relationship with not only Major League Baseball, but also with the office of the Commissioner,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “We congratulate Mr. Manfred on his election, and we’re proud to call him a Little League graduate.”
Little League’s support from the office of the Baseball Commissioner dates back to the fifth Commissioner, Bowie Kuhn, who was a Little League Foundation Trustee. That relationship with the office of the Commissioner continued with Peter Ueberroth, who worked with Little League on creating the Urban Initiative Program; A. Bartlett Giamatti, to whom our Eastern Regional Headquarters are dedicated to; Fay Vincent, who helped Little League raise the funds needed to expand the Little League Baseball® World Series to its current 16-team structure, and our current relationship with Mr. Selig.
“Being able to work so closely with the Commissioner Selig and his predecessors has been wonderful in helping Little League provide a safe, healthy baseball and softball environment for children around the world to learn valuable life lessons,” said Mr. Keener. “We are looking forward to working with Mr. Manfred as we look forward to the next 75 years of Little League.”