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Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Little League®


Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Little League®

Interestingly, the founder of Little League®, Carl E. Stotz was never a Little League Parent. In 1938, he had the idea to start Little League® while playing catch with his nephews. The next year, on June 6, 1939, Mr. Stotz organized the first Little League® game, where he managed the Lycoming Dairy team.

Throughout 2014, Little League® is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the program. Little League has been developing major league people since 1939, and you can learn more about the history and legacy of Little League on our new website LittleLeagueBigLegacy.com. There are a lot of exciting 2014 initiatives in the works, including Little League Days at Major League Baseball Clubs throughout the United States, a PBS Documentary, a series of vignettes produced by ESPN, the development of an official work of art by pop artist, Charles Fazzino and much, much more. You can read all about the planned celebrations here.

Little League would not be celebrating 75 years if it weren’t for the parents and volunteers in communities around the world, which is why we’re also excited to celebrate with you. If you’re active in your local league, please see some of the ideas on how you can celebrate the 75th Anniversary at your local league with the Little League 75th Anniversary Celebration Guide.

Another way to celebrate is through the Little League Big Legacy Project. Little League is asking all players, parents, alumni, volunteers and fans of Little League to share their favorite Little League memory and photo. For every memory submitted to the Big Legacy Project, Little League will donate $1 (up to $50,000) to Pitch In For Baseball, a non-profit organization that donates new or gently used baseball and softball equipment to leagues in need around the world. These memories will also create a massive digital mosaic, celebrating the Little League memories of everyone who’s participated in the Big Legacy Project.

Be on the lookout for more information about all of our celebrations this year. Please share your celebrations with Little League by emailing photos to photos@littleleague.org and using the official hashtag, #LittleLeague75 on social media. We look forward to a great year of 75th Anniversary Celebrations with you and our entire Little League family.

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