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Team Hosts Play Major Role in Players’ Experience

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (June 14, 2006) – Team hosts, or “uncles” as they are commonly called, play a major role in every player’s Little League World Series experience.

These dedicated individuals volunteer their time to be ambassadors of good will for Little League Baseball. Each team is assigned two uncles who take on various responsibilities, from arranging uniform fittings to helping in the coordination of the many media activities involving the teams. These volunteers spend every day of World Series week with their assigned team from breakfast well into the night, providing guidance and assistance to the players, coaches and managers.

Many of the team hosts are so well remembered by their charges that they maintain contact for many years after the players have gone back home. The 60th Little League Baseball World Series is set for Aug. 18-27.

The host chairman will be Nick Cioffi (40 years of service). Craig Weaver, in his eighth year of service, will be used on a rotating basis, as will Stan Helt (two years of service), Frank Missigman (two years of service), and first-year Carol Weinhoffer, and Mike Knight.

The 2006 team hosts and there World Series team assignments follow:

Uncle Years of Service Team
Dough Alexander 2 Mexico
Carol Zysset 6
Joe Girio 9 West
Lee Miller 6
Mick Cioffi 30 Latin America
Denny Logan 4
Larry Missigman 15 Caribbean
George Girio 19
Fred Plankenhorn 41 Midwest
Paul Weaver 37
Edward Weinhoffer 21 Transatlantic
Thomas Rachael 8
Hess Wertz 8 Great Lakes
Charles Snyder 8
Walter Zegarski 31 Southwest
William Castle 18
Ron Frick 4 Asia
Van Ransom 2
Dennis Kelley 24 Pacific
Dick Reitz 23
Bruce Sechrist 3 EMEA
(Europe, Middle East & Africa)
Peter M. Lupacchino 14
Marlin Cromley 8 Southeast
Gary Mayers 4
Jim Kriner 4 New England
Bob Massetti 20
Dennis Loner 8 Mid-Atlantic
Lynn Datres 6
Gary Weaver 8 Canada
Daniel Ayers 6
John Eastlake 8 Northwest
Ron Wagner 6

IMPORTANT NOTE: A high resolution photo of the
2006 Little League Baseball World Series team hosts is available at: