Pieces of Our Past: November Week 4
Renowned Rosters: Little League Museum Patrons Can Review Team Lineups Dating Back to First Little League World Series
Visitors to the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in South Williamsport, Pa., often seek information about Little League World Series players from their hometown or surrounding communities.
Fortunately, that information is available at their fingertips in the World Series Room of the two-level museum. Three large binders contain the rosters for each team playing in the Little League World Series since the event was first held as the National Series in 1947.
Patrons can thumb through the books at leisure and uncover a variety of information. The look of the rosters has changed through the years. Some have only first initials and last names, while others include team photographs and identify players and positions.
The indexed rosters are copies of originals that are stored in the museum. The museum archives houses hundreds of thousands of team rosters which were submitted to Little League prior to the electronic age. Unfortunately, however, not every league submitted rosters so it is possible some of the lists are missing.
Roster research by the museum’s curator is integral in determining if a person truly played in the Little League program. Prior to nomination to the museum’s Hall of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by Little League, confirmation that a person actually played Little League is required. Enshrinees are former players who exemplify Little League values. They are Little League graduates who have become outstanding citizens and role models as adults. Information about players who are members of the Hall of Excellence is available at the Hall of Excellence page.
The Museum is located at 525 Route 15 Highway, just south of Williamsport and on the complex where the Little League Baseball World Series is played. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and other times by group appointment. After Memorial Day the hours will be expanded. For more information, please call (570) 326-3607 for current hours or vist us online at www.LittleLeague.org/museum.
The Museum is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days.
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.