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2009

  • Pieces of Our Past: January Week 2Although baseball became an Olympic sport in 1992, it was not until 1997 and 1999 that baseball teams from Russia reached the semifinals in the European Amateur Baseball Championships.
  • Pieces of Our Past: January Week 3Joe DiMaggio, Major League Baseball’s fabled slugger and centerfielder for the New York Yankees, spent some time with Little Leaguers. Photographs of DiMaggio and Little League team members are among those in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum’s collection.
  • Pieces of Our Past: January Week 4Little League gained national attention in this remote location when E.H. Brandt, a senior editor for the Saturday Evening Post attended an exhibition game that was meant to spur interest in the small town of Dushore.
  • Pieces of Our Past: February Week 1The story of the glorious march by the Shippensburg (Pa.) Little League All-Stars to the 1990 Little League Baseball World Series is now a documentary and part of the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum video archive collection.
  • Pieces of Our Past: February Week 2Little League has been integrated since its earliest years. In fact, two players on the “Maynard Midgets,” considered the first Little League Baseball World Series champion, were African American.
  • Pieces of Our Past: February Week 3A cast of a pitcher’s hand holding a Little League World Series game ball is one of the more unusual artifacts found in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in Williamsport, Pa.
  • Pieces of Our Past: February Week 4The history of the original Little League Baseball stadium is documented at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, located on the Little League International complex, along Route 15 just south of Williamsport, Pa.
  • Pieces of Our Past: March Week 1Little League was proud to offer its first instructional baseball summer camp in 1962. It was held at the Little League International complex in Williamsport, Pa.
  • Pieces of Our Past: March Week 2WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (March 13, 2009) – Dugout, Little League’s mascot, Boomer, the Williamsport Crosscutters’ mascot and Nick Jr.’s Dora the Explorer will be among the celebrity visitors to the seventh annual Kids’ Day at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, 525 Route 15 Highway, South Williamsport.
  • Pieces of Our Past: April Week 1Baseball cards of 51 Tee Ball players from each state in the United States and the District of Columbia claim a place of importance in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in Williamsport, Pa.
  • Pieces of Our Past: April Week 3Many of the visitors to the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in Williamsport, Pa., linger to read a plaque honoring Pfc. Victor J. Staccone, a Little League graduate who died in 1951.
  • Pieces of Our Past: April Week 4Gary Sheffield, a Little League graduate from Tampa, Fla., who played in the 1980 Little League Baseball World Series, recently hit the 500th Major League home run.
  • Pieces of Our Past: May Week 1Every Little League Baseball World Series game has its highlights and many of them are available to view at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum.
  • Pieces of Our Past: May Week 2How the patch for the Little League World Series Umpires Alumni International came to be is one of the many stories that are told at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in South Williamsport, Pa.
  • Pieces of Our Past: May Week 4Tom O’Malley’s baseball career took him from the United States to Japan. At one point, he lived in Montoursville, Pa., not far from Little League International in South Williamsport.
  • Pieces of Our Past: June Week 1June 6, 1939, was a history-making day for Little League Baseball. On that day, the first organized Little League game was played in Williamsport, Pa. It was at that point in history that the rural Central Pennsylvania town took on a new identity – The Home of Little League Baseball.
  • Pieces of Our Past: September Week 3The “Little League Pledge,” written in 1954 by Peter J. McGovern, a late president of Little League, was introduced to players everywhere in February 1955 when it was included in the Little Leaguer Magazine.
  • Pieces of Our Past: October Week 1A look at some of the historical uniforms displayed throughout the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in South Williamsport, Pa., reveals when Little League Baseball became an international phenomenon.
  • Pieces of Our Past: October Week 2A poster commemorating the 2007 Little League World Series Championship title won by a team from Warner Robins, Ga., is among recent acquisitions at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in South Williamsport, Pa.
  • Pieces of Our Past: October Week 3The Georgetown General Little League All-Stars from Jenison, Mich., won the 1986 Senior League Softball World Series and had such a wonderful time that the team decided to autograph a softball and present it to Tournament Director Bud Vanderberg.
  • Pieces of Our Past: October Week 4In the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum a golden shovel symbolizes the early beginnings of what is now the Little League Urban Initiative.
  • Pieces of Our Past: November Week 1The 1939 Little League Baseball playoffs are forever etched in the memory of Charles P. Smith, who was 12 years old when he received an autographed baseball commemorating his hitting prowess in the first year of the league’s existence.
  • Pieces of Our Past: November Week 2SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Nov. 12, 2009) - Four balls for a walk and three strikes for an out were established in baseball in 1889, five decades before the birth of Little League Baseball. The need for an umpire to count the number of balls and strikes per player resulted in a tool known as a ball-strike indicator.
  • Pieces of Our Past: November Week 3Little League fever hit Williamsport, Pa., hard in the early years, and the players graduating from the program were eager to continue playing the sport even as they outgrew the Little League fields.
  • Pieces of Our Past: December Week 1The first book written about Little League Baseball includes players who are fictitious and is a composite of many teams. Copies of the book can be found at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in South Williamsport, Pa.
  • Pieces of Our Past: December Week 3A hit single, “The Greatest,” is a song about life from a child’s point of view looked at through a baseball game.
  • Pieces of Our Past: December Week 4Memorabilia from Little League Baseball and Softball are not the only items found in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in South Williamsport, Pa.
  • Pieces of Our Past: December Week 5In 1952, Richard Sacane was a power-hitting shortstop for the Optimist Little League from Monongahela, Pa. During the Pennsylvania State Tournament, Mr. Sacane hit four home runs in three games, and pitched a one-hitter in the championship game.