Little League® Honors Mike Mussina, Roy Smalley, and Tony and Robin Rasmus
At the 68th Little League Baseball® World Series in Williamsport, Little League’s celebration of its 75th Anniversary commenced with the enshrinement of Mike Mussina into the World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum’s Hall of Excellence.
Mr. Mussina played Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees and won at least 11 games in 17 consecutive seasons (an American League record).
With 270 wins, Mr. Mussina ranks 33rd on MLB’s list of all-time pitching victories and is also 33rd in games started (535). He is 19th all-time in strikeouts with 2,813. A five-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove winner, Mr. Mussina’s consistency resulted in six top-five finishes in the voting for the American League's Cy Young Award.
In 2001, he was elected to the Little League International Board of Directors. Mr. Mussina is in his sixth year as a Little League coach and his 17th as a Board member for the Montoursville (Pa.) Little League; the same league he played in as a child.
Click here to view the Mike Mussina Hall of Excellence Photo Gallery.
Roy Smalley was an MLB shortstop from 1975-87 for the Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, and Chicago White Sox; and won a World Series with the Twins in 1987. During the 2014 Little League Baseball World Series, he accepted the William A. (Bill) Shea Little League Graduate of the Year Award.
Mr. Smalley played for Westchester (Calif.) National Little League from age nine to 12. The lessons he learned on the field as a Little Leaguer® and Major Leaguer have guided him to a successful career off the field as a financial advisor. He is currently a Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor and Senior Portfolio Manager with the Smalley Smith Group at Morgan Stanley. In addition to his financial work, Mr. Smalley is a Minnesota Twins commentator for Fox Sports North.
In 2010, Mr. Smalley was named President of Pitch In For Baseball. A partner of Little League, Pitch In For Baseball is the central organization for the collection and redistribution of new and gently used youth baseball and softball equipment to underserved communities around the world.
Click here to view the Roy Smalley Bill Shea Award Photo Gallery.
The 2014 George and Barbara Bush Little League Parents of the Year Award was presented to Tony and Robin Rasmus. Mr. Rasmus was manager of the Phenix City (Ala.) National Little League team that won the United States championship in the 1999 Little League Baseball® World Series.
On that team were two of the Rasmuses sons, Colby and Cory, who are now both playing in the Major Leagues.
Click here to view the Tony and Robin Rasmus Parents of the Year Award Photo Gallery.
For more information on all of the 2014 Little League Award program recipients click here.