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75th Anniversary Fun Facts

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75th Anniversary
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1. Founded in 1939 by Carl Stotz with three teams, each with 10 players.

2. The first three teams were sponsored by Lycoming Dairy, Lundy Lumber and Jumbo Pretzel, starting the tradition of local businesses supporting and sponsoring Little League® teams, just like today.

3. Headquartered in South Williamsport, Pa., with five regional offices in the United States and four internationally.

4. 2.4 million boys and girls play Little League worldwide.

5. Little Leaguers® range in age from 4 to 18.

6. Little League is played in 83 countries and in all 50 states.

7. In 1948, U.S. Rubber, the maker of Keds, became Little League’s first national sponsor. The partnership led to the development of rubber-molded cleats, still used today.

8. Dugout, the official mascot of Little League, was designed by Walt Disney Imagineers, and introduced in 1985.

9. 47 individuals are members of the Little League Hall of Excellence.

10. Former Little League President and CEO and current Little League International Board of Directors Member, Dr. Creighton J. Hale helped develop the double-ear flap batter’s helmet, catcher’s helmet, chest protector with throat guard and the non-wood baseball bat.

11. Little League introduced the A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) in 1994; a grassroots educational tool to help local leagues keep players safe on the field and off.

12. Little League organizes nine World Series. The oldest is the Little League Baseball® World Series in Williamsport, Pa., first played in 1947. The newest is the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division in Livermore, Calif., first played in 2013.

13. The Little League World Series complex in South Williamsport is 72 acres.

14. In 2011, the 31-game Little League Baseball® World Series total attendance was 410,905, setting a new record.

15. The first Little League Baseball World Series night game was played on Aug. 24, 1992.




16. 9 Little League World Series Events

Little League Baseball World Series South Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series Livermore, California

Junior League Baseball World Series Taylor, Michigan

Senior League Baseball World Series Bangor, Maine

Big League Baseball World Series Easley, South Carolina

Little League Softball™ World Series Portland, Oregon
Junior League Softball World Series Kirkland, Washington

Senior League Softball World Series Lower Sussex, Delaware

Big League Softball World Series Lower Sussex, Delaware





17. Notable Alumni Include:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*
Jason Aldean
President George W. Bush*
Vice President Joe Biden*
Vice President Dan Quayle*
Kevin Costner*
Mike Ditka
Chris Drury*
Cathy Gerring*

Tony Hawk
Derek Jeter
Huey Lewis
Brent Musburger
Dr. Story Musgrave*
Kyle Petty*
Nolan Ryan*
Adam Sandler
Mike Schmidt*

Bruce Springsteen*
Dick Vitale*
Krissy Wendell*
George Will*
Carl Yastrzemski
Mike Trout
Cat Osterman
David Wright
Dusty Baker*


*Denotes Hall of Excellence Member



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