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Pieces of Our Past: October 2008 - Week 3

Pieces of Our Past: October 2008 - Week 3

Eternal Baseball Fan, Little League Graduate Kevin Costner among Those Enshrined in the Little League Museum Hall of Excellence


Kevin Costner’s careers as an actor, director and musician have often revolved around baseball. His latest foray involves a song he wrote, “It’s Up to You,” which is what he terms a “war song” for his favorite baseball team – the Tampa Bay Rays.

Mr. Costner, a former Little Leaguer in California who was inducted into the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Hall of Excellence in 2000, hopes his morale-boosting song will help the Rays all of the way to the 2008 Major League Baseball World Series championship. The Rays are leading the Boston Red Sox, three games to two in the 2008 American League Championship.

Mr. Costner, 53, and his band, Modern West, recorded the song while finishing a country album, “Unknown Truths.” Mr. Costner has co-written six of the 12 songs on the album which is set for release on Nov. 11.

When inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence, Mr. Costner already had appeared in iconic baseball-themed films like “Bull Durham” and “Field of Dreams.” In 2005, he played a retired baseball player in “The Upside of Anger.” It is rumored that Mr. Costner is discussing a sequel to the critically-acclaimed “Bull Durham.”

Mr. Costner is among 39 Little League players, both men and women, who are inducted in the Little League Hall of Excellence at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in Williamsport, Pa.

The Hall of Excellence was established to recognize Little League graduates who in adulthood have become outstanding citizens and role models. When considering a person for enshrinement into the Hall of Excellence, playing ability is never a factor, even though some have advanced to outstanding athletic careers. Each enshrinee has agreed to accept this highest honor Little League can bestow.

If you know of someone who played Little League Baseball or Softball and has established a career in which he or she has risen to the top of a profession, and who clearly accepts his or her position as a role model for children, please let us know by e-mailing Lance Van Auken, Senior Communications Executive for Little League International, at: lvanauken@LittleLeague.org. Enshrinees are annually announced during a ceremony at the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport.

The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, 525 Route 15 Highway, just south of Williamsport, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. After Labor Day in September, the hours change to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. The facility is accessible to the disabled.

Rates are $5 for adults; $3 for those 62 and older; $1.50 for children between the ages of 5 and 13. There is no fee for children 4 or younger. Group rates and tours are available. The museum also offers birthday parties and after-hours facility rentals.

For more information, call the museum at (570) 326-3607; or visit http://www.littleleague.org/Learn_More/museum.htm.