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First Names are Drawn for World Series Title Game Tickets

The drawing for the first tickets to the 2006 Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game was held at Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum on Tuesday morning. Pictured from left to right are: former Maynard Midgets team member Bob “Rusty” Columbine, and Carm Grieco and Chuck Osborne from Lock Haven Little League. The Maynard Midgets defeated Lock Haven Little League, 16-7, in the first Little League Baseball World Series championship game, played in 1947.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (April 4, 2006) – In recognition of the first Little League Baseball World Series in 1947, members of the Maynard Midgets and Lock Haven Little League teams, that played in the first championship game, pulled the first three names in the annual Little League Baseball World Series ticket lottery today at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum.

This August, Little League International will mark the 60th anniversary of the Little League Baseball World Series.

Charine Araujo Barron of East Windsor, N.J., Karen Petersen of Modesto, Calif., and Mamie Hastings of Delmar, Md., each will receive four tickets to the Little League Baseball World Series World Championship Game, set for Aug. 27 at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, site of every World Series since 1959. They also will receive four World Series caps, t-shirts, trading pins, souvenir programs and museum admissions as a bonus for being the first participants selected.

“This is the first time we have sent a letter into the ticket lottery,” Mrs. Barron said. “After I sent the letter my six-year-old, Javin, kept asking me, ‘Have your heard anything? Have you heard anything?’ Now, Javin knows we’ll be going to Williamsport for Championship weekend.”

Each year, those desiring tickets for the World Championship Game prepare a letter requesting up to four tickets for the final game. The letter must be received at Little League International between the end of the previous year’s World Series, and the close of business on the last day of February, to be considered. Mrs. Barron and Mr. Petersen names were the first drawn from more than 1,600 entries.

“The ticket lottery is fun way for people to enjoy everything the Little League World Series has to offer,” Scott Rosenberg, assistant to the President for Special Projects, said. “The chance to visit the Little League International complex, and be a part of the World Championship Game is a memorial experience. But, everyone should remember, even if you don’t have a ticket, you can always come to any World Series game and enjoy the greatest youth sporting event in the world.”

“My husband played Little League and all three of my children were Little Leaguers,” Mrs. Hastings said. “John (Hastings) watches the Little League World Series every year and has always wanted to go. I wanted to give the tickets as a Christmas present, but instead they will be a Father’s Day gift.”

Little League International will notify (by mail) those individuals selected to receive tickets from the lottery process. Those whose entries are not chosen will receive a postcard saying they may still attend the final game, watching from the terraced hills beyond the outfield fence where tickets are not required. While tickets for certain areas of the stadiums are required, they are not required for other sections for most games and there is never an admission charge to any Little League World Series game.

“These tickets are a retirement gift from my wife,” said Mr. David Petersen, who has already made arrangements to be in the Williamsport area for the entire World Series Tournament. “It’s like a dream come true. The first thought that came to my mind when I found out was, ‘You go your whole life and don’t win anything, but when it matters the most you do win.’ To me, (receiving these tickets) is almost like the teams that finally get to go to the World Series after dreaming about it for so long.”

The 2006 Little League Baseball World Series begins on Aug. 18. Information on attending the World Series can be found at www.littleleague.org.